New Water Source

Our region's source of drinking water is a deep underground reservoir, or aquifer.  According to the Illinois Office of Water Resources, water is being withdrawn twice as fast as it is being replenished.  Quite simply, we will run out of fresh drinking water sometime within the next twenty years.  The Villages of Oswego and Montgomery have joined with the United City of Yorkville to evaluate potential sources of water to sustain our beautiful communities.

Source Options

The City of Yorkville, along with our partners from the Village of Montgomery and the Village of Oswego, has hired water engineering consultants to identify an alternate water source. These potential sources include piping water from Lake Michigan or constructing a water treatment plant on the Fox River. Either option will likely increase the cost of water, but will guarantee a supply of fresh drinking water for following generations/  Doing nothing, including preventing future growth in the region, is not a viable option.

We are studying three options to get to Lake Michigan water: DuPage Water Commission, forming a new water commission with the City of Joliet, or connecting to Illinois American water near the Village of Plainfield.  Each option has pros and cons to be considered that go beyond the cost of connection.

The informational presentation that was provided at the September 28, 2021 City Council Meeting can be found here.

Decision Making Process

Throughout 2021, the Yorkville City Council will discuss the water source information to inform themselves and the community about the options.  The goal is to reach a select a new water source by the end of 2021.  This need to make the decision in this timeframe is driven by the diminishing water supply; the desire to avoid costly system improvements if a new source is not selected; and the established timeframe to join the new water commission being developed by Joliet, if the City desires to pursue this alternative. A matrix has been created for those who wish to compare the different water sources.  You can find that matrix here.  Future meetings include:

Tuesday, November 9, 2021: City Council Meeting

Tuesday, November 23, 2021: City Council Meeting

Tuesday, December 14, 2021: City CounciL Meeting