The Water Division's responsibilities include the distribution, analysis and administration of the activities in the supplying of safe drinking water and ample fire protection water to the community.
The division is responsible for operating and maintaining:
- Over 117 miles of water main
- Four Lake Michigan water receiving and distribution stations
- 1,800 hydrants
- Two well water stations as standby water sources,
- Seven elevated towers and ground water storage reservoirs
- Nearly 11,000 water meters
Water division personnel also respond to water main breaks, performs hydrant painting, exercise valves oversee service connections, conduct leak detection/correlation, meter maintenance, and coordinate with Finance Department on water billing.
The average daily water usage of the community is currently approximately 2.5 million gallons per day. The storage capacity of the ground reservoirs and elevated towers is 6.50 million gallons. The Lake Michigan Water facilities were recognized in 1994, receiving the Engineering Excellence Achievement Award.
The Village of Mundelein is committed to providing customers with safe and reliable drinking water. This effort begins with protecting our water supply sources and continues through the entire conveyance, treatment and distribution process until the water reaches your service line. The Village of Mundelein has contracted with Backflow Solutions, Inc. (BSI) to administer its Cross Connection Control Program.
What is backflow and cross connection?
The water distribution system is designed to allow water to travel in one direction from the treatment plant to the customer. At any cross connection— a temporary or permanent connection between a public water system and a consumer’s potable water system— water can flow in the opposite direction of the normal flow. This unwanted process is known as backflow. When this occurs, potentially harmful contaminants can mix with drinking water and threaten the safety of our potable water supply.
Backflow preventers are located on cross connections. They prevent water from returning to the distribution system. Most commercial and industrial properties have them. Typical cross connections for properties are auxiliary water systems, heating & cooling systems and irrigation systems.
Why is a backflow and cross connection program necessary?
The prevention of backflow into the public water supply is an integral part of ensuring safe drinking water. The State of Illinois requires that every backflow device be inspected annually by a certified backflow tester, and every community that operates a public water system is responsible for making sure that this is done. Backflows due to cross connections are serious plumbing problem and can significantly compromise our safe water supply.
In accordance with the Illinois Environmental Protection Act, customers must adhere to Chapter 16.09.080 of the Village Code of Ordinances. All cross connection contamination backflow prevention assemblies must be installed, maintained and tested annually. These tests must be performed by a certified Cross Connection Control Device Inspector (CCCDI).
Under the rules and regulations of the Cross Connection Control Program, the State of Illinois requires that the Village perform the following:
- Conduct a biennial backflow prevention device survey of all water customers
- Verify annual testing of all backflow prevention devices
- Maintain detail records of all backflow prevention devices
Beginning in 2020, the Village will be utilizing BSI to administer the Backflow and Cross Connection Program. BSI has experience managing similar programs for municipalities across the country, including many in the Chicago area.
Please note: BSI may contact you for compliance regarding backflow testing, repairs, or installations.
BSI may be reached at (800)-414-4990 or through their website at bsionline.com.
For more information regarding backflow and the Village’s Cross Connection Control Program, contact the Village’s Water Division at 847-949-3273.