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KWRD Phase 1B Improvements

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

Details of the ongoing project can be viewed by clicking below

Ph 1B Improvements

Fiscal Year 2019/2020 Tentative Budget

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FY 2019/2020 Tentative Budget

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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