If the Village joins the Regional Water Commission, how is water allocated? Can that allocation amount be adjusted over time, or is it a limited amount?

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.

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1. Can we join the Regional Water Commission at a later date?
2. If the Village does not join the Regional Water Commission, what happens to the residents east of I-55 that currently receive water the Village purchases from Joliet?
3. What improvements would be made to the water system if the Village joins the Regional Water Commission (RWC)?
4. If the Village joins the Regional Water Commission, how is water allocated? Can that allocation amount be adjusted over time, or is it a limited amount?
5. In the event of a disruption in service from the Regional Water Commission, would the Village be able to use its existing wells for a water source?
6. What is the cost of joining the Regional Water Commission? What is the cost to use and treat Illinois River water?
7. What treatment and/or maintenance would the Village need to do on water from Lake Michigan?
8. Is there a possibility that experts are wrong on the timeline for the aquifers to be depleted?
9. Have all surrounding communities committed to joining the Regional Water Commission?
10. What will happen to the homes that are currently on wells?
11. If the Village joined the Regional Water Commission, when would we begin receiving Lake Michigan water? When would residents notice a change in their water rates?
12. What other advantages of using Lake Michigan as a water source are there?