• DeKalb
    DeKalb, Illinois
  • Tuesday 09:32 PM
    21st 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

    Preventing Public Sewer Problems

    The Kishwaukee Water Reclamation District has been doing public sanitary sewer infrastructure renewal and rehabilitation each summer since 1988. (The year after we took over the collection system from the City of DeKalb.)

    Where to Start?

    Private Problems Not in Our Scope of Service

    Only the home or business owner can prevent private sewer problems, such as the following:

    • The home or business lateral is obstructed by roots from trees planted over or near it
    • The home or business lateral has cracked or collapsed
    • The home or business has roof drains or footing tiles that dump into the sanitary sewer
    • The home or business has a lateral plugged with grease, paper, or objects

    These problems present at homes or businesses will cause the owners to experience backups that are beyond the power of the Sanitary District to control. Only the home or business owner can rectify these problems.

    Attacking Public Sewer Problems


    Deciding which part of town to start in was done by dividing the collection system into drainage areas and measuring the amount of extra water coming from each sector during rainstorms. That flow-monitoring told us where the biggest leaks were most likely to be present.


    The Kishwaukee Water Reclamation District has rehabilitated sewer main by lining, with a project each summer. Public sewer main repair work in all 24 identified drainage areas has been completed with approximately 40% of manholes being rehabilitated and 20% of sewer segments internally lined or otherwise repaired or replaced. Even in areas already covered, new situations demanding attention are constantly coming to light, and these are prioritized for work in the future.


    We also have crews doing tests like dying, cross flooding, and smoke testing to find out what needs to be done in upcoming rehab projects. This process is called SSES for “Sewer System Evaluation Survey”.

    Efforts to “tighten-up” the system will continue into the foreseeable future with sewer lining and rehabilitation projects each summer, so you’ll often see us in your neighborhoods.

    Judging Improvement

    Kishwaukee Water Reclamation District conducts ongoing flow monitoring to assess how effective our efforts have been.

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