PEORIA, Ill. — U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos (Ill.-17) visited Illinois American Water in Peoria on Wednesday, where she tested water quality and talked with operators and employees.
Bustos also presented Illinois American Water with a Congressional Record in honor of their 130th year of operation.
“We really wanted to highlight our workforce,” said Illinois American Water spokesperson, Karen Cotton. “Our employees are our best asset. What they do every day is often taken for granted. We turn on the tap, we don’t think about it, so it was an incredible experience for our entire team. We have chemists and scientists on our team and engineers and we have folks in the field who are helping with customer service. So I think it was great for her to see every facet of what we do and our skilled work force.”
Last month, Bustos helped pass an Interior and Environment Appropriations bill out of the full House of Representatives to address aging local water infrastructure. The legislation included her provisions to support $90 million in grant funds for the Sewer Overflow and Stormwater Reuse Municipal Grants, help protect water resources and provide safe public sanitation, and fund programs that enable states and localities to make needed improvements to their drinking systems to prevent lead exposure to children and families.
“This is the way I find out what’s going on, what people do for a living” said Bustos. “In this case, learning about water, you realize that there’s a heck of a lot that goes on to make sure our water’s safe.”
Bustos has been job-shadowing since becoming a Congresswoman.
This story will be updated.