Highland Lake Water System Improvement Project

Project Location:  Subdivision west of Highland Lake in unincorporated Avon Township, north side of Washington St., and the vicinity of Wilmar Avenue, Gerwal Avenue and Eldor Avenue on the east side of Highland Lake.   

Project Description:  Lake County Public Works (LCPW) recently completed a study to identify the needs of the Highland Lake water system. The study identified that the installation of two wells and one storage tank are needed in the near term to add capacity and make the system more resilient in emergency situations. Separately, LCPW was approached by a smaller, private system with improvement needs, and we observed a mutual benefit from system interconnection.

Improvements will be constructed in three phases:  

  1. The interconnection of both systems with a water main installed on the north side of Washington Street. 
  2. Drilling two test wells
  3. Constructing a well house at each of the two well sites and installing a 4,000-gallon hydropneumatic storage tank in the system.  

Site selection is underway as is the design of the water main interconnection. It is anticipated that Phases 1 and 2 will be constructed in the summer of 2023, and Phase 3 will be constructed in 2024-2025 pending project readiness.

The Highland Lake Property Owner's Association invited LCPW to present information on the project at its meeting on Oct. 29, 2022. View the PowerPoint slides presented at the meeting. 

Frequently Asked Questions 

Why is this project needed?
LCPW proactively maintains our infrastructure and we study improvement needs. A recent study identified a modernization need to provide more system pumping and storage capacity. The Highland Lake water system is in need of improvements now, and the additional well and storage capacity would serve as a backup for emergency conditions or planned service interruptions.    

Will these improvements serve me?  
The Highland Lake community is served by LCPW sewer service, and a portion of residents are served by LCPW water service.  Examine your customer bill for more information. 

Where will the wells and buildings be located?
LCPW is evaluating well and building sites and we will work with existing property owners to secure land access and permission.  

Why do wells need buildings?
Well houses contain disinfection equipment and electrical controls that should be stored indoors. Storage tanks can be included in the well house.  

Why do storage tanks need to be above ground?
The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA) no longer allows storage tanks to be buried, as the tanks need to be inspected and maintained.  

How is this project funded?
The Lake County Board allocated funding for this project through the federally funded American Rescue Plan Act.

Will there be an extra cost to customers?
This project is being funded by the American Recovery Plan Act, and the rates of existing customers will not be affected by the project.  Existing user rates do change over time, and you may see changes in your rate during the course of this project. These changes would not be related to this project.  

Why aren’t you bringing Lake Michigan water to the community?
Overall, LCPW has a goal of bringing a Lake Michigan water source to existing well water systems, but that effort takes significant time and resources. The Highland Lake water system needs upgrades now, and the additional well and storage capacity would serve as a backup for emergency conditions or planned service interruptions.    

How do I say informed? 

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Current Phase/Anticipated Schedule:

Improvements will be constructed in three phases:

  1. Interconnection of both systems with a water main installed on the north side of Washington Street
  2. Drilling two test wells
  3. Constructing a well house at each of the two well sites, and installing a 4,000-gallon hydropneumatic storage tank in the system.  

Site selection and the design of the water main interconnection is underway. It is anticipated that Phases 1 and 2 will be constructed in the summer of 2023, and Phase 3 will be constructed in 2024-2025 pending project readiness. 

  1. Project Contact
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Brittany Albrecht Sloan, P.E.
Engineering Supervisor
847-377-7500 
[email protected]