There are two components to the project to bring Lake Michigan Water to Wauconda the residents. First, there is an internal system improvement project to facilitate the distribution of the single source of water throughout the community. Second, there is an external project (outside Wauconda) to construct a transmission water main to bring the valuable resource to the village.
The internal project is broken down into three phases. Phase 1, consisting of replacing and improving water mains and installing pressure regulation stations, was completed in 2015 at a cost of approximately $5.1 million. Phase 2 continues this work in 2016 at an approximate cost of $4.2 million. Phase 3 will wrap up the internal improvements in 2017 with some final improvements to the distribution system and the construction of an elevated storage tank for a combined estimate of $4.3 million.
The construction of a transmission main to bring Lake Michigan Water to the community will be managed by the Central Lake County Joint Action Water Agency (CLCJAWA). In 2015, the agency’s engineers identified the preferred route for the transmission main and began preliminary engineering on the project. Preliminary engineering is expected to be complete in late 2016. In addition, CLCJAWA has begun working on right-of-way and easement acquisition for the external main and has made considerable progress. Construction of the transmission main is expected to begin in 2017 and with completion in late 2018.