IMPROVING SPRINGFIELD'S WATER SUPPLY: In 1884, Springfield's municipal water works—located a few miles north of town on the Sangamon River—undertook action to improve the quality of water provided to consumers of the public water supply. That year, a 50-foot-diameter, 50-foot-deep well was dug next to the water works station allowing a large quantity of naturally filtered water to be pumped to the city each day. Prior to that time, the water works had been able to pump only raw, unfiltered river water to the town. This was the first step of many to take place over the next half-century that would vastly improve water quality and virtually eliminate the potential for disease resulting from pathogens in the local drinking water supply. Want to learn more about CWLP's history? Check out our various history publications (available online or for order) and online videos.
City Water, Light & Power is the municipal electric and water utility for Springfield, Illinois. CWLP also owns and manages Lake Springfield, the primary source of drinking water for Springfield and one of Central Illinois' premier recreational resources.
City Water, Light & Power's general offices are located on the fourth floor of Municipal Center East, 800 East Monroe, Springfield, IL 62757. Contact information for the General Office and other utility offices can be found on the Contact Us page.
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