Bartlett's Drinking Water

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Bartlett's full transition to Lake Michigan water is expected in 2019

timeline for water infrastructure projects 2018-2019

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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.  

Once complete, it 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.



June 2018 Update - the 30" water transmission mains have been built out along Central Avenue to west of Gary Avenue in Hanover Park and installation continues. The water main will travel under public roads, railroads, a river and through some private property from the DuPage Water Commission connection point to Bartlett. 

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 30-inch water transmission main



March 2018 Update -  on Tuesday, 3/6, 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."

The water main is expected to be completed by May 2019.

water main groundbreaking at PW 3-6-2018

February 2018 Update - The Village Board recently approved the capital budget for the next five-year period and, as anticipated, a significant portion of the 2018-2019 budget focuses on infrastructure improvements needed for Bartlett’s transition to 100% Lake Michigan water by 2019, when its water contract with the City of Elgin expires.

The Village currently purchases approximately 60% of its water from Elgin with the balance of the source water pumped from Village wells. However, last February the Board finalized an agreement to join the DuPage Water Commission and purchase Lake Michigan water through this membership.

Some of the infrastructure additions and improvements needed for this transition include a DuPage Water Commission receiving station, new elevated tower and ground storage tank and new transmission mains. A complete upgrade will be needed at the Lake Street pump station and piping/valve modifications will be needed at the Main Street and Stearns Road pump stations to make them compatible and functional with the new water system.

Construction of local water transmission lines will begin this summer, running along the Stearns Road right-of-way, and the Village is pleased to start 2018 with more good news about this project.

First, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has awarded a one-time $485,000 Special Appropriation Act Program grant to the Village of Bartlett to help finance the water infrastructure project. This grant was made available through the USEPA annual appropriations process and was designated in 2009 for projects to improve drinking water infrastructure. These funds will help the Village build the new pump station that is needed for connection to the DuPage Water Commission.

The Village received another piece of good news in January, when the DuPage Water Commission opened bids for the new water transmission main from Roselle. Benchmark Construction submitted the low bid of $13.25 million, which was 20.7% below the engineer’s estimate.

Since these improvements are mainly funded through water rates, the Village is pleased to be able to offset even a small portion of the cost of such a major capital project through fiscally responsible bids and grants.

You can see more numbers in regard to this multi-year water project in the 2018-2022 Capital Budget.

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