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SUMMER 2017

SUMMER 2017

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INQUIRING MINDS – YOUR WATER

INQUIRING MINDS

YOURWATER

WE USE IT EVERY DAY, BUT RARELY DO WE CONSIDER WHERE IT COMES FROM, HOW IT GETS

HERE AND WHAT TYPE OF INFRASTRUCTURE BRINGS IT TO OUR HOMES AND BUSINESSES.

IMPROVEMENTS ARE BEING MADE TO THE REGIONAL WATER SYSTEM BY WHICH OUR WATER IS DELIVERED.

WHAT IS THE REGIONAL WATER SYSTEM?

The Regional Water System distributes treated Lake Michigan

water, purchased from the City of Chicago, and redistributed

through Oak Lawn to communities including Orland Park.

WHY ARE IMPROVEMENTS NECESSARY?

The main objective is to protect the water supply delivery

and quality of water coming into Orland Park. Aging water

mains and other buried infrastructure must be addressed

in order to avoid risks to public health and safety by

contamination of treated water, as well as loss of fire

protection due to deteriorating water mains. In addition,

new and rebuilt public water infrastructure is needed to

serve a growing and increasingly more urban population.

WHAT IS BEING DONE SPECIFICALLY?

Improvements include the transformation of the delivery

system by updating the pumping systems, control systems

and building a fully redundant secondary transmission

line which will deliver water needs in the event of a

catastrophic failure of the present transmission line or other

element of the system. Currently, many components have

been in use for over 40 years, and need to be replaced.

WILL THIS IMPACT RATES AT SOME POINT?

Yes. Village of Orland Park residents will see an increase

included in their water bill structure as the Village of Oak

Lawn increases its rates charged to its customer communities.

CAN I HELP CONTROL MY WATER RATE?

Yes. The Village of Orland Park utilizes a four (4)-tier water

rate system in which conservative water usage is billed at

a lower rate.

Tier 1

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Up to 7,000 gallons of water

Tier 2

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Up to 12,000 gallons of water

Tier 3

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Up to 22,0000 gallons of water

Tier 4

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Over 22,000 gallons of water

(per billing period)

HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT WHAT IS GOING ON AROUND TOWN?

CURIOUS ABOUT VILLAGE SERVICES?

WELL, YOU HAVE ASKED AND WE ARE ANSWERING!

HERE ARE A FEW OF THE MOST FREQUENTLY ASKED TOPICS AND ANSWERS:

WHAT IS THE VILLAGE

ROAD IMPROVEMENT

PROGRAM AND WHAT

STREETS ARE BEING

ADDRESSED IN 2017?

...want to know!

INQUIRING

MINDS

THE LOCAL BASEBALL GAMES

ARE OFTEN CANCELED DUE

TO WET BALLFIELDS. WHAT

IS BEING DONE TO IMPROVE

DRAINAGE?

WHAT IS THE

VILLAGE DOING TO

MAINTAIN PONDS

WITHIN TOWN?