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The County of DuPage
Wheaton, Illinois

Press Release

Contact Information: Joan Olson (630) 407-6015 or Evan Shields (630) 407-6022

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

DuPage County to Provide Lake Michigan Water to Highland Hills

DuPage County signed an intergovernmental agreement Tuesday that will provide Lake Michigan water to residents of the Highland Hills subdivision in unincorporated Lombard.

Under the agreement, DuPage County will extend Lake Michigan water service to residents of Highland Hills Sanitary District.  Flagg Creek Water Reclamation District will provide sewer collection and treatment services.

“This agreement will provide Highland Hills residents higher-quality water and improved levels of service, all at a lower cost. This is truly a win-win for everyone involved,” said County Board Chairman Dan Cronin. “The goal of our DuPage ACT Initiative is to provide services in the most effective and cost-efficient manner possible, and this agreement accomplishes that. I’d like to thank Highland Hills president Jim Worden and the board for listening to the concerns and wishes of the district.”

Highland Hills Sanitary District customers were facing significant rate increases after a recent study estimated $1.1 million in sewer system repairs were needed.  In November of 2016 residents heard a series of proposals to address water and sewer service needs.  These included a proposal from DuPage County, which would switch residents from well water to Lake Michigan water, provide 24/7 maintenance of the water system and quality, while providing capital improvements to the sewer system and turn the operation and maintenance of the system over to the Flagg Creek district.  After analyzing costs, residents chose the DuPage County option to receive Lake Michigan water service by a margin of more than 5-to-1.

Trustees of the Highland Hills Sanitary District approved the intergovernmental agreement on Aug. 22, and trustees of the Flagg Creek Water Reclamation District approved the agreement on Aug. 25.  If all goes as planned, water should begin flowing from Lake Michigan to Highland Hills residents by the end of 2017.

After DuPage County has fully assumed the duties and responsibilities of the Highland Hills Sanitary District, the County Board will consider an ordinance dissolving the entity.