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The kitchen sink, that’s easy! It often feels that simple, but the water supply provided by the Village has somewhat of a more complicated route before you actually use it in your homes or businesses.
The Village of Romeoville draws its groundwater supply from 5 deep wells (pumping water from 1,000 ft. below the surface) and 7 shallow wells (pumping from 80 ft. below the surface) located throughout the Village. We provide water to the residents of the Village of Romeoville and portions of Unincorporated Will County.
Once the raw water is pumped, chlorine is added for disinfection. This treated water is then transported to various storage tanks throughout the Village. Through a maze of mains, the water is then pumped to all areas of the Village. Feeding off the main line is each individual service line leading into your residence or business. A buffalo box is installed at the beginning of the service line just off the main which serves as the primary access to terminate and restore water service to an individual home. As the service line feeds into the home, there is a shut-off valve just prior to the water meter. This valve is owned and maintained by the resident and allow residents to terminate the supply of water feeding into the home when needed.
The Village of Romeoville monitors the tank levels, pressures, and flow through a sophisticated program called SCADA. Levels in the storage tanks do not remain constant throughout the day. During the night and early morning hours, the tank levels are at their highest. As the usage throughout town increases, the tank levels decrease. This cycle allows constant pumping rates and minimizes the number of starts and stops on the pumping equipment.
This is based upon personal preference, the water is very high-quality that meets all EPA requirements and is very clean and very safe to drink. A water filter is not needed but could be used to remove harmless sediments present in the water that become integrated into the flow during the turbulence of hydrant flushing. The Village has Ion Exchange facilities at various well sites that work as water softener systems at the well sites prior to the water reaching your homes.
The hardness of the water in the Village varies based upon the well you are serviced from. Most homes have a hardness of 12-15 grains per gallon but it can range up to 21-25 grains per gallon. Please contact the Romeoville Public Works Department at (815) 886-1870 to receive an accurate hardness based upon your address. As far as a need for a water softener, again this is based upon personal preference. The Village has Ion Exchange facilities at various well sites that work as water softener systems at the well sites prior to the water reaching your homes. The Village requests that additional softening or over-softening of the water at the home not be performed as the additional and often excessive and wasted chlorides used in the home water softening process are not removed during the wastewater treatment process and are discharged directly into the receiving stream, the Des Plaines River, and the chlorides have a detrimental effect on fish and other aquatic wildlife.
The Village tests the water from various locations throughout the Village on a monthly basis and reports this information to the IEPA. Information about those tests results can be reviewed in conjunction with our annual drinking water report located on our website as well.
Cold water holds more dissolved oxygen than warm water. When the water first enters the house, it is cold and if little or no water is used for a long period of time, the water will warm up in the interior pipes. This forces the dissolved oxygen out of solution and the air bubbles will make the water appear cloudy. If you look at a glass of water for a minute or so, the tiny bubbles will clear from the bottom to the top. Running the water for a short period of time will eliminate the condition.
There are actually two or three major shutoff valves. The first valve is called a curb stop and is generally located in the parkway or right-of-way and is normally housed by a cylinder with a cap on it called a Buffalo Box or B-Box. The Village of Romeoville maintains this valve.
The other major valve is located in the home next to the water meter. The meter may have a shut off valve on both sides of the meter or just one side of the meter. The homeowner is responsible for maintaining these valves.
Keeping your main valve in good working condition will assure that you will be able to turn your water off in the event of an emergency. Older style gate valves should be turned periodically due to possible corrosion build-up. Newer Teflon coated ball valves should stay in working order without any regular turning.
The Village made the decision years ago to maintain sole control of its water supply via its own well system. This has allowed the Village to reliably supply very safe and high-quality water to its residents and businesses at rates significantly lower than neighboring municipalities that receive Lake Michigan water from outside agencies, which subjects them to the rate structures those agencies establish. The Village understands the critical nature of being able to supply high-quality water not only now, but in the future, and continually evaluates its sources and systems.