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No. We will not have an option to join the Regional Water Commission if we do not act now.
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The Village would either install watermain to connect them to the water system supplied by Village wells or could elect to apply for a Lake Michigan water allocation and continue to purchase water from Joliet.
Joining the RWC would require us to have additional storage capacity/tanks, as well as additional water mains in the ground to distribute water across town.
The Illinois Department of Natural Resources regulates water allocation. Allocation is based on projected average daily demands, and increases in demand are factored in. The allocation amounts would be reviewed every 10 years to ensure communities are receiving the appropriate water amounts and applicable increases. Allocation can be adjusted to account for growth as well.
Yes, the Village will retain and maintain its existing wells which can be used in the event of an emergency. Additional water storage requirements will allow us to keep Lake Michigan water reserves in the event of a disruption of service.
The cost to join the Regional Water Commission and all improvements necessary and use Lake Michigan water would be approximately $75.6 million (in 2020 dollars).
The cost to use and treat Illinois River water and all improvements necessary, including the cost to build and operate a new water treatment plant, would be approximately $85.3 million (in 2020 dollars).
Lake Michigan water is naturally a relatively clean source of drinking water. After treatment by the City of Chicago and delivery to the commission members, commission members would be responsible for some additional minor chemical treatment of the water, as well as the maintenance of their internal infrastructure system and improvements.
The ability to analyze groundwater data and depletion rates is very advanced. The predictions by the experts at the Illinois State Water Survey are considered very accurate. Click on the attached link for more information.
There are five communities still in the decision making process: Channahon, Lemont, Minooka, Romeoville and Shorewood. Crest Hill and Joliet have officially formalized their decision to join the RWC at this point in time, while all other communities are in the process of finalizing their decisions to join the RWC. Each community has until the end of February 2022 to formalize their choice.
Homes that are on existing wells will remain on wells as is presently the case within the Village. Should a resident currently on a well wish to connect to the Village water system, now or in the future, connection procedures and fees are found in our municipal codes at www.channahon.org. Inquiries regarding the availability of Village water and connection to the Village water system can also be addressed by calling the Public Works Department at 815-467-6644.
January 1, 2030 is the anticipated date for delivery and use of Lake Michigan water. The water rate change schedule is still yet to be determined and should be finalized over the next year. Conceptual water rates comparing water source options studied can found via the attached link at www.channahon.org.
One additional advantage of Lake Michigan over our existing groundwater supply is that Lake Michigan water is naturally at a hardness level most people find unnecessary to treat with a water softener. This eliminates the initial cost of a water softener and the continuing expense of salt for use in the softener. Lake Michigan water is also much easier on plumbing fixtures than softened water.