The Alternative Water Source Program is being led by staff of the City of Joliet with support from the Joliet Water Conservation Subcommittee. The City Council, Public Service Committee and Finance Committee are all actively engaged in this process.

A consultant team led by Stantec has been retained by the City to complete this Program along with a team of subconsultants including Crawford, Murphy & Tilly, Cornwell Engineering Group, Engineering Enterprises, Inc., Images, Inc., Strand Associates, and V3 Companies.

The Commission is made up of eight members appointed by the Mayor. They are actively involved in the process of determining an alternative source of water for the City. They will take their recommendation for the City’s main water supply to the full City Council for approval.

The Commission meets on a regular basis on the second Tuesday of the month at 4:30 at Joliet City Hall. 
These meetings are open to the public. 

 

Agendas and meeting minutes 

Month-to-Month Schedule

Past Meeting Presentations

Joint Workshop Questions and Answers

Phase I: 

August 2018 – January 2019 – COMPLETE!

 

  • Stakeholder Engagement and Strategic Planning

  • Water Demand Projections, Groundwater Model Updates, Water Conservation Efforts and Short Term Emergency Planning

  • Evaluation of 14 alternative water source options

  • Identification of viable alternatives primarily based on quantity and quality 

     

Phase II:  February – December 2019

  • Stakeholder Engagement and Strategic Planning

  • Detailed analysis of 5 selected options (alternatives) identified in Phase I

  • Identification of improvements for each viable alternative and their associated cost

  • Refinement and prioritization of Phase II criteria (control, governance, maintenance, redundancy and risk to schedule)

  • Funding Strategies

  • Selection of alternative water source at completion

  • Draft Report

  • Final Report

     

Next Steps:

  • Discuss regional solution with neighboring communities

  • Proceed with preliminary design of selected alternative water source

  • New Alternative Water Source online by 2030

Water Conservation Subcommittee 

A Subcommittee of the Environmental Commission, this group consults with experts and develops ideas for water conservation to be presented to the Commission.

The subcommittee meets on a regular basis on the third Wednesday of the month at 3:00 at Joliet City Hall. These meetings are open to the public.

 

Agendas and meeting minutes 

Subcommittee Members 

Marc Kaufman

Chairman, Maria Anna Rafac

Richard Rodriguez

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The Commission is made up of eight members appointed by the Mayor. They are actively involved in the process of determining an alternative source of water for the City. They will take their recommendation for the City’s main water supply to the full City Council for approval.

The Commission meets on a regular basis on the second Tuesday of the month at 4:30 at Joliet City Hall. 
These meetings are open to the public. 

 

Agendas and meeting minutes 

Month-to-Month Schedule

Past Meeting Presentations

Joint Workshop Questions and Answers

Water Conservation Subcommittee 

A Subcommittee of the Environmental Commission, this group consults with experts and develops ideas for water conservation to be presented to the Commission.

The subcommittee meets on a regular basis on the third Wednesday of the month at 3:00 at Joliet City Hall. These meetings are open to the public.

 

Agendas and meeting minutes 

Subcommittee Members 

Marc Kaufman

Chairman, Maria Anna Rafac

Richard Rodriguez

Environmental Commission 

Mike Bily

Chairman, Gary Davidson

John Hertko

Wayne Horne

Marc Kaufman

Maria Anna Rafac

Jim Riggs

Richard Rodriguez

Mike Bily

Chairman, Gary Davidson

John Hertko

Wayne Horne

Marc Kaufman

Maria Anna Rafac

Jim Riggs

Richard Rodriguez

2020

 

  • Retain design firm

  • Establish and Implement Public Relations Strategy

  • Monthly Water Conservation Subcommittee Meetings

  • Indiana Intake Siting Study

  • Water Treatment Evaluation

  • Water Source Transfer Plan

  • Intake/Raw Water Pumping Station Siting Study

  • Water Treatment Plant Siting Study

  • Transmission Main Routing Study

  • Water Loss Audit

  • Pumping and Storage Facilities Siting Studies

  • Develop Funding Strategy

  • Develop Political and Implement Strategy

  • On-going coordination with City Council, Public Service
    and Finance Committees

  • On-going coordination with local, state and federal partners

  • Approve water supply or access agreement
     

2021

  • Continue Public Relations Strategy Implementation

  • Monthly Water Conservation Subcommittee Meetings

  • Continue Political Strategy Implementation

  • On-going coordination with City Council, Public Service and Finance Committees

  • On-going coordination with local, state and federal partners

  • Develop and Approve Regional Rates and Structure

  • Land Acquisition for Water Facility Sites and Transmission Main Easements

  • 30% Design Engineering

  • Water Loss Audit

  • Water Source Transfer Plan Implementation

  • Apply for Federal Loan (WIFIA)

2022-2024

  • Continue Public Relations Strategy Implementation

  • Monthly Water Conservation Subcommittee Meetings

  • Continue Political Strategy Implementation

  • On-going coordination with City Council, Public Service and Finance Committees

  • On-going coordination with local, state and federal partners

  • Approve Final Design Contract

  • Apply for Construction Permits

  • Purchase Land for Water Facilities and Easements

  • Decision on New Well

  • Short Term Ground Water Management

  • Annual Water Loss Audits

2025-2030

  • Continue Public Relations Strategy Implementation

  • Monthly Water Conservation Subcommittee Meetings

  • Continue Political Strategy Implementation

  • On-going coordination with City Council, Public Service and Finance Committees

  • On-going coordination with local, state and federal partners

  • Receive Federal Funding

  • Approve Construction Contract

  • Continue Short Term Ground Water Management

  • Obtain IEPA Operating Permits at Construction Completion

  • Annual Water Loss Audits