Richard Nelson, Water Superintendent

Phone: 309/345-3649
Business Hours: 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (Monday - Friday)

Emergency Contact: Non-business Hours
Phone: 309-345-3653

The City obtains its groundwater from an aquifer near Oquawka, Illinois, which is located along the Mississippi River. Utilizing a collector well and three gravel-pack wells, the water is pumped approximately 32 miles to Galesburg through a 36 inch and 42 inch transmission line. There are nine million gallons of storage capacity at the Galesburg Water Plant and 2 million gallons of overhead storage in three towers throughout the City. The average daily water pumpage is six million gallons with a peak demand of 9.5 million gallons. The water is pumped into the distribution system through approximately 210 miles of water main. The distribution system also consists of approximately 1400 fire hydrants, with 12,500 water users.

Water Treatment - How your water is treated

  • Filtration: Sand filters remove iron and manganese which, when present, will stain laundry and plumbing fixtures.
  • Chlorination: Chlorine is a disinfectant which kills bacteria and viruses that may be present.
  • Fluoridation: The addition of Fluoride at optimum levels greatly enhances dental health.
  • Corrosion Control: A phosphate inhibitor is added to help reduce the amounts of lead and copper that may leach into the water from household plumbing.
All chemicals added to your water are closely monitored and tested to ensure that the proper dosages are achieved.


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