Alternative Water Source Study 

In August 2018, the City initiated an alternative water source study. The study is being completed in two phases.  Phase I, which was completed in January 2019, evaluated 14 alternative water sources for water quality and sufficient water quantity for the City’s and region’s current and future needs.  Proposed alternate sources included Lake Michigan, Kankakee River, Des Plaines River, Fox River, Illinois River, Mt. Simon aquifer, and aquifer recharge. Viable alternatives identified in Phase I were moved forward to Phase II for a more in-depth analysis which will evaluate reliability, regulatory considerations, governance, jurisdiction, control, risk and identify the anticipated cost of water for each option.

The five alternative water sources being evaluated during Phase II include:

·     Illinois River

·     Kankakee River

·     Lake Michigan – City of Chicago

·     Lake Michigan – DuPage Water Commission

·     Lake Michigan – Southland Water Agency

 

Phase II will be completed by the end of 2019 at which time an alternative water source will be selected.

 

Phase 1 Final Report

Alternative Water Source Study 

In August 2018, the City initiated an alternative water source study. The study is being completed in two phases.  Phase I, which was completed in January 2019, evaluated 14 alternative water sources for water quality and sufficient water quantity for the City’s and region’s current and future needs.  Proposed alternate sources included Lake Michigan, Kankakee River, Des Plaines River, Fox River, Illinois River, Mt. Simon aquifer, and aquifer recharge. Viable alternatives identified in Phase I were moved forward to Phase II for a more in-depth analysis which will evaluate reliability, regulatory considerations, governance, jurisdiction, control, risk and identify the anticipated cost of water for each option.

The five alternative water sources being evaluated during Phase II include:

·     Illinois River

·     Kankakee River

·     Lake Michigan – City of Chicago

·     Lake Michigan – DuPage Water Commission

·     Lake Michigan – Southland Water Agency

 

Phase II will be completed by the end of 2019 at which time an alternative water source will be selected.

 

Phase 1 Final Report

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