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Bartlett is Now Pumping Lake Michigan Water!

June 2019 Update -  The Village of Bartlett is officially pumping 100% Lake Michigan water. At a 6/4/2019 ceremonial valve turning, Village officials had the opportunity to thank everyone who helped get Bartlett to the finish line of this long awaited water project - DuPage Water Commission, Bartlett Park District, Villages of Roselle & Hanover Park, Christopher B. Burke Engineering.

Village officials at water project valve turning 6-4-2019

Please know that even if the new water tastes or smells different than it did previously, that does not mean there is a problem with the water. Below is a link to the City of Chicago Comprehensive Water Quality Analysis, which reports on the quality and safety of Bartlett's new water supply.

https://www.chicago.gov/city/en/depts/water/supp_info/water_quality_resultsandreports/comprehensive_chemicalanalysis.html

You may also be wondering about what do with your water softener or other home water treatment units. You are now receiving a softer, higher quality water, so the best answer is to turn off all your in-house devices for a month and see how you like the water. This will help you make your own informed decision.

Even though the Village has turned on the tap for Lake Michigan water, construction is still underway at the Public Works facility. Crews have begun a second domed water storage tank. tank 2 starting dome 20190605-2

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Construction of the Lake Michigan Receiving Station project is being 
funded through the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA) State Revolving Fund (SRF). The SRF program is administered by the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency and receives a portion of its money to fund these types of projects from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

This Village of Bartlett project consists of the construction of two 1,500,000 gallon ground storage tanks; a water booster station with seven pumps; a sodium hypochlorite feed system with three chemical feed pumps; and installation of approximately 293 linear feet of 24-inch diameter water main, 264 linear feet of 18-inch diameter water main, and 537 linear feet of 16-inch diameter water main at the location of the water receiving station that will connect Bartlett with the DuPage Water Commission to receive water from Lake Michigan.  


This project will improve water quality for area residents and businesses in Bartlett by providing a safe and reliable source of all potable water for the community. SRF programs operate in each state to provide communities the resources necessary to build, maintain, and improve the infrastructure that protects one of our most valuable resources: water.

 


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March 2018  -  on Tuesday, 3/6/2018, DuPage Water Commission Chairman Jim Zay, joined by Village of Bartlett President Kevin Wallace, Bartlett trustees and officials from Roselle and Hanover Park, broke ground on the construction of a five and a half mile-long water main from the DuPage Water Commission to the Village of Bartlett. Company representatives from AECOM and Benchmark Construction Company were also at the groundbreaking.

In December of 2016, the Village of Bartlett chose the DuPage Water Commission (DWC) to be its new water supplier, which will bring Lake Michigan water to Village residents.

DWC worked closely with the Village to obtain agreements, including conducting a hydraulic analysis to determine the best route for the water main. The commission then hired the engineering firm AECOM to start the project design, coordinated with the Villages of Roselle and Hanover Park and consulted with private property owners to obtain easements to route the water main through the various properties. When complete, the water main will travel under public roads, railroads, a river and through some private property.

Pre-qualified contractors bid the construction of the water main and it was awarded to the construction firm Benchmark Construction Company.

Chairman Zay said, "This project is a great example of many government agencies working together to accomplish the best results for the citizens we serve."

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Infrastructure Construction for Bartlett's 2018-2019 Water Project

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The Decision to Move to Lake Michigan Water

June to August 2014

The Village of Bartlett purchases approximately 60% of its water from the City of Elgin with the balance of the source water pumped from Village wells. The contract with Elgin expires in 2019 and the Board of Trustees began weighing its future water source options in mid-year 2014.

Working with Christopher B. Burke Engineering, the Board originally considered five different options for sourcing its future water. The following links show the full presentation to the Board in June 2014 and the follow-up report that addressed questions that were raised during ongoing discussions.

Potable Water Study - Long Term Sustainable Water Supply Options (June 2014)
Potable Water Study - Additional Information/Changes (August 2014)

November 2015 to January 2016  

By November 2015, after many discussions and many questions asked and answered, the five proposals had morphed into three solid options -- 100% Elgin water from the Fox River; 100% NSMJAWA (Northwest Suburban Municipal Joint Action Water Agency) water from Lake Michigan; or a combination of 50% Elgin/50% NSMJAWA.

Potable Water Study - Update (November 2015/Revised January 2016)

January 2016 to October/November 2016    

In January 2016, the Village Board directed staff to pursue an agreement for 100% water from Elgin. Staff began negotiations but in October 2016 had not yet finalized the agreement.

During this time, Village staff continued to meet with both JAWA and DuPage Water Commission to keep its options open. On October 27, 2016 JAWA contacted the Village of Bartlett and offered to reduce its purchase rate by $0.20 and to finance the capital costs of the JAWA improvements (adding the repayment costs to the billing rate). The revised presentation (below) reflects these changes (shown in blue ink in the pdf).

Potable Water Study - Update (November 2016)

 February 2017 On February 7, 2017 the Village Board finalized an agreement to join the DuPage Water Commission and purchase Lake Michigan water through this membership.
 March to May 2017

The Village of Bartlett had held off on its routine, biennial reviews of water and sewer rates since the last rate increase in 2012. At the March 21, 2017 Village Board meeting, trustees approved a 20% increase in the water rate and a 20% increase in the sewer rate that went into effect on May 1, 2017.

Although a rate increase would have occurred even if Bartlett had chosen to renegotiate its water purchase contract with the City of Elgin, the transition to Lake Michigan water requires engineering and water main replacement costs, which account for a substantial portion of the water rate hike. The sewer rate increase is largely impacted by necessary improvements to the wastewater treatment plant.

Bartlett’s water and sewer rates have been in the bottom third compared to 26 neighboring communities that were surveyed. After the 20% increase in rates, the Village still falls squarely in the middle of all surveyed municipalities.

Rates will need to be adjusted again during the next two to three years as infrastructure improvements continue, but these incremental increases will certainly be offset once the water connection is complete and residents can remove their water softeners.

 as of May 2017 Water Rate Sewer Rate
Cook/Kane Counties $7.64/1,000 gallons $11.05 + $0.92/1,000 gallons
DuPage County $7.64/1,000 gallons $13.02 + $2.33/1,000 gallons