Water & Sewer
The goal of the Water & Sewer Department is to exceed customer expectations and meet all the State and Federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations regarding drinking water, maintaining adequate fire flows and insure our residents the distribution system and water quality are all of the highest possible level using the latest technology.
The Water & Sewer Department is responsible for water distribution and repairs from the pump stations to the water meters. We provide service thru 76.5 miles of interconnected water mains. The department maintains and utilizes 3 pumping stations, 2 elevated water tanks and 3 ground storage tanks. Crews are on call 24/7 to respond to water emergencies. Calls to the main number (708-361-1806) are answered 24 hours a day.
The sanitary sewer collection system is maintained by the Water & Sewer Department crews. There is a total of 61.2 miles of the sanitary sewer collection system which is supplemented by nine (9) pumping stations. The city transfers the sewerage over to the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District (MWRD) for treatment.
Homeowners and business owners are responsible for their sanitary service line from the home/building to the point of connection of the city's main line.
Restoration of Water and Sewer Repairs
When making a repair to a water or sewer main because of a break in the pipe, it is sometimes necessary to dig up a portion of the resident's property. After the repair is completed, it is the responsibility of the Water & Sewer Department to restore the excavated site. Restoration usually is preformed 8 to 12 weeks after the repair is completed to allow time for the ground to settle and fill in the area created by the excavation. If the repair occurs in the fall or winter, the restoration will not be done until the next spring. When the restoration is completed, it is the responsibility of the homeowner to water the restored area until the sod is established.
Flushable Items Cause Sewer Clogs
Please do not put "flushable" products down the toilet! They get caught in our sewer systems which leads to backups. Over the past several years, the number of sewer backups caused by objects getting stuck in the sewer line has increased tremendously. Some of the main culprits are so-called "flushable" or "disposable" rags and paper towels that can get caught on roots and cause blockages. These products also cause pump maintenance costs to increase due to clogging and increased energy consumption. Help care for your community and throw flushable products in the trash can.