The Village contains approximately 40 miles of water main, which carries approximately 1.7M gallons throughout the Village on an average day.  Multiple locations of this water main fail in a given year, typically in the winter.  In order to reduce the amount of emergency repairs needed the Village replaces a portion of this system on an annual basis. 

This project is typically completed by cutting a trench in the pavement on one side of the street, installing the new water main and transferring individual services from the old water main to the new water main.  It can be quite disruptive during construction, however, this is usually the most cost effective way to replace a water main. 


2017 Project Information


Project Updates

  • 8/9/17 - Construction of the water main along River Oaks has gone well without any surprises along the way. Today, the contractor will be installing a valve at the south end of the street (just north of Lake Street). Once this is completed, they will head back to the intersection of River Oaks/Auvergne and begin working south down Auvergne. Due to tight work space constraints, the Village will be installing No Parking signs along Auvergne for the duration of the water main installation. This is only anticipated to last for a few days, however, with the roadway being as narrow as it is, this is the safest way to allow the contractor to complete the necessary work. We appreciate your cooperation during this project. 
  • 8/3/17 - Water main installation began this week along River Oaks. To minimize damage to adjacent properties, the contractor is working west (then south) down River Oaks toward Lake Street. Once this section is completed, they will start up again at the River Oaks/Auvergne intersection and work their way south down Auvergne to Lake Street.
  • 7/27/17 - Excavation is now scheduled to begin on Monday, July 31st.
  • 7/25/17 - Due to elevated groundwater levels, excavation will be unable to start as planned this week. If excavation were to begin, there would be a substantial amount of pumping required to keep the trench dry and the area would become extremely muddy. To minimize the additional efforts needed to maintain a safe and clean worksite, we will continue to monitor the situation and will begin excavation as soon as possible. 
  • 7/20/17 - Due to the forecast of heavy rain this week, the excavation work that was previously scheduled for the end of this week has been pushed back to next Monday. 
  • 7/13/17 - A walk-through of the project specifics was conducted with the contractor yesterday afternoon. IDOT approval has been granted and, as such, work is scheduled to begin next week. Some barricades may be dropped off later this week. Additionally, Village Staff will be marking the limits of tree root pruning that will be taking place early next week. The roots of trees (adjacent to the sidewalk) will be saw-cut so that during the excavation process the roots will not be damaged. This creates a "clean-break" which minimizes damage to the tree. This is a common practice when excavation is required in close proximity to mature trees. Later in the week, excavation for water main installation will also begin. Work is currently scheduled to start at the River Oaks/Lake intersection and proceed in a clockwise direction through the area. 
  • 6/16/17 - Earlier this week the Village held an open-house meeting to provide project information and answer any questions to those property owners that will be affected by the project. The contractor is tentatively scheduled to begin work toward the end of the month but this is dependent upon some utility information that the Village still needs from AT&T. 
  • A contract has been awarded for this project to Unique Plumbing, Co. While a start date has not yet been established, the work is anticipated to be complete by the end of June. An Open House Meeting will be scheduled at the end of May to provide further details regarding the scope of work. All those affected by the project should have received a general notification letter and will receive a postcard with details for the Open House Meeting.