Phase 2 of the internal water system improvements consists primarily of water transmission main improvements in the eastern portion of the Village within the existing low pressure zone. These improvements are necessary so that Lake Michigan water can be received at one central receiving station and distributed throughout the Wauconda water distribution system without diminishing existing pressures or flows. Under the current well water supply system, water is supplied to the distribution system at eight separate locations.
The Phase 2 Improvements are being financed by the Drinking Water State Revolving fund (SRF). The SRF program is administered by the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency and receives a portion of its money to fund these types of projects from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. SRF programs operate in each state to provide communities the resources necessary to build, maintain, and improve the infrastructure that protects one of our most valuable resources: water. Once complete, the Lake Michigan Water Project will improve water quality, reliability, and sustainability for residents and businesses within the Village of Wauconda.
A total of approximately 2.2 miles of transmission mains will be constructed as part of Phase 2. The majority of the mains will be 12-inches in diameter. The mains will be installed by both open cut and trenchless construction methods. the trenchless methods include horizontal directional drilling and boring and jacking.
In addition to the transmission main improvements, one new pressure reducing station will be constructed on Bonner Road east of Main Street, and modifications will be made to an existing pressure reducing station on the well No. 4 site at Bonner Road and Barbara Lane.