Construction of the North/South Water and Sewer Interconnect, Main Lift Station and Bridge Lift Station were financed by the Clean Water and Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (SRF). Interconnecting the North and South drinking water systems will allow the surplus supply in the South System to support the North System. Interconnecting the sewer systems will create a centralized wastewater collection and treatment system at the existing Northwest Regional Water Reclamation Facility and allow retirement of the Tall Oaks Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP), which has reached the end of its serviceable life. The project will be constructed over two phases. Phase 1 includes the construction of roughly 6,750 LF of water main ranging in size from 6” to 20”, hydrants and valves from Grand Avenue in the South System to the proposed Bridge Lift Station and connect to the North System. Phase 1 also includes construction of roughly 930 LF of gravity sewer and 5,560 LF of 12” and 18” force main. The new Bridge Lift Station and upgrades to the existing Main Lift Station are also included under Phase 1 construction.
The SRF program is administered by the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency and receives a portion of its money to fund these types of projects from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. SRF programs operate in each state to provide communities the resources necessary to build, maintain, and improve the infrastructure that protects one of our most valuable resources: water.