Safe, Clean, Affordable Water.

For You. For Your Kids. Not for Profit.

Mission Driven Water Service

Our Pledge to You.

Better service, lower rates for you, the ratepayers, our bosses.

Water that is cleaner and safer, better than government health and safety requirements.

Smart water policy: Doing what's best for now and for your next generations.

Equitable water policy: Doing what's right to meet the water needs and challenges of all people; no "winners or losers" within a region.

Rigorous local accountability to you, the ratepayers, without any election cycle political BS influencing any decisions.

Achieve economies of scale and operational efficiency, "best in the industry" standards- Keep rates low!

Lower cost of capital and tax advantage on capital financing and on all expenditures- Keep rates low!

Squeeze the maximum impact out of every dollar of capital expenditure – Keep rates low!

Make "smart systems" using latest tech and developing new tech to advance system efficiency and effectiveness – Keep rates low!

Putting all excess cash back into the system, but compensating talent well and attracting top level talent to provide excellent service and growth.

Deal with your integrated water resource management challenges without relying heavily on federal or state funding.


Big Hairy Audacious Goal

Solve the U.S. smaller system water infrastructure crisis through a national mission driven non-profit organization.

Encourage and educate local ratepayers to demand solutions with accountability, transparency, innovation and efficiency.

Do whatever is needed to implement the demanded solutions and to maximize the impact of every dollar of capital expenditure to keep rates low and quality of service high.

The Water System Prototype

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EJ Water is the prototype model water system for our effort to make a difference in smaller community water systems management nationwide. 

EJ Water is a not-for-profit water cooperative based out of Dieterich, Illinois. As a co-op it has no shareholders or investors, it is run by the ratepayers. The EJ Board of Directors has only ratepayer elected representatives on it and nobody on the board is appointed by any mayor or political leader. It only exists to provide excellent, affordable service to its customers, the ratepayers. It has great leadership under Bill Teichmiller. From humble beginnings 30 years ago, EJ Water has developed into a multi-county system, serving more than 11,000 members, with more than 3,000 miles of main, and serving a population of over 75,000 people.

EJ Water is a leading innovator within the water utility space and is proud to have been twice a winner of the Illinois Best Tasting Water Award, a finalist at the 2019 Global Water Awards in London, a recipient of the Effingham Chamber's 2019 Business in Excellence Award, and winner of the 2019 U.S. Water Prize in Non-Profit Innovation.

EJ Water Trust is dedicated to working only for you, the ratepayers, the people who pay the water bills, our bosses.

We don't work for investors, shareholders or politicians. We are YOUR Non-Profit Water.

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