Public Works Department - Water and Sewer Division
In order to reduce water and sewer inconveniences to the community, the Water and Sewer Division's daily operations include the maintenance and repair of water mains, household service lines from the water main to the B-Box, fire hydrants, water distribution valves, street drainage structures, and sewer and flood control appurtenances. Division personnel also conduct utility locates for outside contractors and other utilities, and offer technical assistance to homeowners experiencing problems with their household service lines.
Key tasks that confront Water and Sewer personnel are mostly related to infrastructure maintenance and the dissemination of information. The division also continues to replace antiquated, erroneous and malfunctioning water meters. A comprehensive off-hour leak study is conducted annually to provide feedback as to the soundness of the water infrastructure system.
Since 1944 the Village of Skokie has purchased water from the City of Evanston. In response to a requirement by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA), the City of Evanston has provided the Village with the data for the Village of Skokie's Consumer Confidence Report on drinking water quality. The Report concludes that Skokie's water supplies are in compliance with all USEPA requirements. In addition to the distribution of this information, several complementary water-related articles were compiled by the Village for informational purposes:
2013 Water Quality Report (current)
Every day, the Village of Skokie proudly supplies an average of 8.5 million gallons of water to its citizens; water that exceeds the minimum quality requirements of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Before the water is pumped to your home or business, it has gone through careful treatment and numerous tests to ensure its quality. Congress established the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) in 1974 to protect human health from contaminants in drinking water and to prevent contamination of existing groundwater supplies. This act and its amendments (1986 and 1996) require many actions to protect drinking water and its sources. One of these actions is the installation and maintenance of an approved backflow prevention assembly at the water service connection whenever a potential hazard is determined to exist in a customer’s system. Without proper protection devices, cross connections can occur. The following are frequently asked questions regarding the Village of Skokie’s program to prevent backflow contamination of the water supply.
For a list of Frequently Asked Questions on Backflow prevention, please click here.
Lawn Sprinkling Restrictions
Lawn sprinkling or irrigation, including but not limited to the use of automatic or oscillating sprinklers, is prohibited from May 15 through September 15 inclusive, from the hours of 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Water System Improvements
Construction of new water main involves the following: A 5 foot deep trench is excavated, the new water main pipe is installed (including fire hydrants and valves) and covered with granular backfill material. The main is then pressure tested to insure that there are no leaks and chlorinated to insure no bacteria exists that will infect the water supply. Next, individual home service connections are transferred to the new water main pipe. There will be a disruption of water service for each of the connections (2 hrs) and when the new main is connected to the existing main (4 hrs). Notification will be made for all water service shutdowns. All areas disturbed by the water main installation are then restored to their original condition.
Sewer System Improvements
The Village has contractually televised its sewer infrastructure and has comprehensive video data that has been prioritized for improvement by an independent engineering consultant firm. As part of this assessment, the consultant substantiated sewer condition from worst to best and recommended a rehabilitation course that will be followed for the next twenty years. The Village is currently following a master plan to rehabilitate sewers that are rated to be in the worst condition.
If you have the problem of tree and shrub roots growing in your sewers, please click here for answers to Frequently Asked Questions.