• DeKalb
    DeKalb, Illinois
  • Monday 12:35 PM
    27th of January, 2020
    - or - 815.758.3513

    KWRD Phase 1B Improvements - Current Project Information

    The District's $46.35m project is currently under construction.

    Details of the ongoing project can be viewed by clicking below.

    Phase 1B

    Dreading Thanksgiving Cleanup - Bring In Your Used Cooking Oil Here

    Free: Bring in your Turkey Frying Grease to our Drop-off Box located in our front lot for your convenience.

    Click for Drop-off Information

    Looking for Leaks

    Sewer backups on a rainy day don’t originate in the sewers. On a dry day in the heat of the summer, the public system works perfectly, no matter how many residents and students at Northern flush their toilets or take showers. The number of people who take showers and flush doesn’t get any greater when it rains.

    Deficits of an Old Collection System

    In November 1987, the Kishwaukee Water Reclamation District took over, and now maintains, 130 miles of sanitary sewer from the City of DeKalb. The average age of the sanitary mains in-town is fifty years old. While some of it is in surprisingly good shape, much of it is not.

    Water that should not be in the sanitary system enters it through cracks in the mains, improperly connected house service laterals, and a process called “infiltration,” in which water travels from where there’s more of it (the ground during wet weather) to where there’s less of it (the sanitary sewer) through osmosis.

    Identifying Problem Areas

    SSES – Sewer System Evaluation Survey

    As part of ongoing sanitary sewer improvement planning, the Kishwaukee Water Reclamation District does testing to evaluate the condition of the sanitary sewers.

    These kinds of tests are used:

    1. A television camera is inserted into the main sewer lines to observe their conditions. Water is pumped into adjacent street storm sewers to look for cross flooding.
    2. Manholes are inspected to identify those in need of repair.
    3. A non-toxic smoke is blown into the sanitary sewer mains and used as a visual tracer to help determine the condition of the sewer pipes.

    Restoring Collection System Integrity

    Kishwaukee Water Reclamation District has aggressively been attacking intrusions of storm and groundwater into the sanitary collection system by:

    • Repairing and replacing old public sanitary sewer mains
    • Ensuring new sewer connections are done right
    • Helping homeowners find and correct illegal installations
    • Educating people about the need to keep storm water out of the sanitary system
    • Working with the City of DeKalb to restore storm system integrity

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