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KWRD Phase 1B Improvements

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

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Ph 1B Improvements

Fiscal Year 2019/2020 Tentative Budget

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FY 2019/2020 Tentative Budget

Kishwaukee Water Reclamation District History

We’re a Unique Governmental Entity

Like a School District, Library District or Park District, a Sanitary District is an administrative and political unit of government that is separate from the state, city or town within which it resides.

Sanitary District History

Constructed in 1908

The construction of the first sewer system here was completed in 1908 and enlarged to include septic tanks and stone filter beds in 1914.

Incorporated in 1928

A movement to “Kleen the Kish” was led by the Izaak Walton League in 1928. In response to the mandate of local voters, the Kishwaukee Water Reclamation District was organized July 12, 1928 as the 23rd District in Illinois to be incorporated under the Sanitary District Act of 1917. At that time, it became a distinct governmental and taxing body.

Permitted in 1972

The Federal Environmental Protection Agency was formed in 1972. At this time, the Kishwaukee Water Reclamation District came under its auspices as a “POTW” (a publicly owned treatment works). The District holds NPDES (National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System) Permit Number #IL0023027.

Sanitary District’s Responsibilities

Wastewater Treatment and Collection

The Kishwaukee Water Reclamation District is a Class I Wastewater Treatment facility. This means that the District is responsible to the United States Environmental Protection Agency under the direction of the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency for treating all wastewaters in its Facilities Planning Area which contains the City of DeKalb and Northern Illinois University.

Service to the City of DeKalb

By agreement with the City of DeKalb, on November 1, 1987, the District took over the ownership of the entire “sanitary collection system” (sanitary sewer mains and manholes) for the City of DeKalb. The District now constructs, repairs and maintains that sanitary infrastructure.

Service to Northern Illinois University

Within the Northern Illinois University Campus, much of the infrastructure is private and is maintained by the University. However, sewer mains on City streets passing through the University are part of the Kishwaukee Water Reclamation District collection system.

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