Alternative Water Source Study Underway
The City of Joliet is undertaking a Study to evaluate multiple sources of water to provide a sustainable supply for the future. In a recent report the Illinois State Water Survey (ISWS) found that at the current rate of usage, the aquifer suppling the majority of the City’s water will no longer be sustainable by 2030.
The Study identified 14 potential sources and through initial evaluation eliminated nine of these sources. The remaining five, Illinois River, Kankakee River, Lake Michigan through the Chicago Department of Water Management, Lake Michigan through the DuPage Water Commission, and Lake Michigan through the Southland Water Commission will undergo a detailed analysis during Phase II. This analysis will include identification of needed improvements and the associated costs. A preferred alternative is expected to be identified by the end of the year.
This issue is important to our community and an awareness campaign has launched. Citizens and businesses are encouraged to follow us on Facebook and Twitter and visit our website cityofjoliet.info and click on the Rethink Water tab for more information and to sign up for the mailing list.
Updates will be sent via email throughout the study. Representatives will be on hand at local events and festivals to provide information on the study and ideas for conserving water at home.