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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

    FY 2018/19 Tentative Budget

    The FY 2018/19 Tentative Budget is available

    for review. To view please click the link below

    View KWRD FY 2018/19 Tentative Budget

    Kishwaukee Water Reclamation District History

    We’re a Unique Governmental Entity

    Like the School District, the Library District or the Park District, a Sanitary District is a separate administrative and political unit of government 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 and 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

    The Kishwaukee Water Reclamation District is a Class I Wastewater Treatment facility 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.

    Wastewater Collection

    Service to the City of DeKalb

    By agreement with the City of DeKalb, on November 1, 1987, the Sanitary 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. Sewer mains on City streets passing through the University are part of the Kishwaukee Water Reclamation District collection system.

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