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The System

The system, designed by Camp, Dresser & McKee, Inc. (CDM), consists of a raw water intake; a raw water pumping station; two miles of transmission pipeline to transport Lake Michigan water to a state-of-the-art water treatment facility capable of purifying 50 million gallons per
day (mgd) of water; a booster pump station in Libertyville to maintain water pressure to the outlying communities; and more than 32 miles of finished water transmission pipeline. Together, this system links all CLCJAWA communities and provides potable water to a population estimated to be 190,000 people in 2005. 

The system is the third largest Lake Michigan water treatment system in Illinois and the first new water treatment facility constructed along Lake Michigan in more than 40 years. The system was designed and constructed to include redundancy of equipment and facilities in order to ensure continued production of drinking water, even under emergency conditions like power outages. Since the original construction, several improvement projects have been completed, increasing system capacity and reliability along with enhancing water quality.

In 2005, the Agency received the Phase IV Excellence in Water Treatment certification from the Partnership for Safe Water, identifying its staff and facilities as meeting the highest standards for quality in the production and distribution of drinking water. CLCJAWA is the third organization to be granted this prestigious recognition and the first conventional water treatment plant in the United States to achieve this distinction.

Mar 12, 2018, 11:53 AM