Facts & Figures

Moline Water Division: Facts & Figures

  • 1.8 billion gallons of Mississippi River water treated each year
  • Use 10 processes to treat the water supply (screening, oxidation, adsorption, disinfection, clarification, softening, sedimentation, recarbonation, sequestering, filtration, and fluoridation)
  • Water Distribution System consists of more than 230 miles of water main, 2,100 fire hydrants, 4,300 mainline valves, and 3 elevated water towers
  • 17,000 water customers
  • 32 employees who work in following areas: Water Plant Operations and Maintenance (O&M); Laboratory Activities; Distribution System O&M; Metering, Utility Billing and Customer Service; and Water Supply Administration
  • Water Plant is staffed 24/7 and additional personnel are on emergency stand-by at all times
  • Collect about 70,000 meter readings and complete 9,000 service calls each year
  • We rely exclusively on the money from water bills to finance our operation (no tax $)
  • Our water costs less than 1/2 of a penny per gallon

Water Quotes

  • “Water is the best of all things.” - Pindar (C.522 – 438 B.C.)
  • “When the well is dry, we know the worth of water.” – Benjamin Franklin
  • "A river is more than an amenity, it is a treasure." Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes
  • “We forget that the water cycle and the life cycle are one.” – Jacques Cousteau
  • “When you drink the water, remember the spring." Chinese Proverb


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