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Montgomery, IL - The Village of Montgomery is pleased to report the Village Water Treatment Facilities met and exceeded water quality standards in 2021. Water providers must submit water quality information annually to the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA). In addition, Montgomery's 2021 Water Quality Report located on the website includes details regarding the source of water for the Village, what it contains, and how it compares to standards set by regulatory agencies. The 2021 report is available online at montgomeryil.org.
The Village's drinking water is tested daily on six different parameters and during three different treatment stages and the distribution system. In addition, the Village designates a large amount of capital annually to invest back into the water infrastructure to maintain further and improve water quality. For example, during the calendar year 2021, the Village replaced approximately 1,500 feet of water main on Route 31. This year, about 3,600 feet of water main on N. River St., between Ashland and Mill, is up for replacement.
While water quality is something Montgomery can tout, the sourcing of the water, the deep sandstone aquifer that feeds the region's drinking water, is drying up. At the current rate, the Village's water source will deplete beyond sustainable measures at or around 2030. However, Montgomery water users have no fear, as the Village Board and staff have planned for this sourcing issue predating 2014. The community has joined forces with Oswego and Yorkville to plan for sourcing water to the region through the DuPage Water Commission (Lake Michigan).
The Village is embarking on a water loss mitigation plan of action, aggressively updating infrastructures such as water mains and pipes throughout the water system. Additionally, within the next four years, the Village will replace close to 6,000 water meters in utility users' homes to help further identify leaks or high-water usage. These measures will best prepare the Village to connect and receive Lake Michigan water in the next decade. The goal is to provide a safe and dependable drinking water supply now and into the future for the community.
For more information on the conservation efforts of the Village and the decision process relating to the Alternative Water Source selection, visit montgomeryil.org/718/ALTERNATIVE-Water-Source. Those with questions regarding water quality and current water sourcing should contact Superintendent of Water & Sewer Tom Kopanski at 331-212-9042 or email email@example.com.