Construction of the North/South Water and Sewer Interconnect and Tall Oaks Lift Station is 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 was completed in 2020. Phase 2 includes roughly 10,270 LF of water main ranging in size from 8” to 16,” hydrants and valves from US Highway 12 in the South System to the proposed Tall Oaks Lift Station and connect to the North System. Phase 2 also includes construction of roughly 8,990 LF of 24” gravity sewer and 2,190 LF of 10” Force Main. The new Tall Oaks Lift Station is also included under Phase 2 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.