• DeKalb
    DeKalb, Illinois
  • Tuesday 08:03 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

    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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