Liberty Ridge West (Wheaton, IL ) Water Main Retirement Infrastructure Improvements

Alert Notification

Who:  Customers of our Liberty Ridge West service area in Wheaton. The following web link provides a map depicting the area of proposed work in your community: when accessing the project location map via the attached web link, please click "Basemap" and select "Streets" to view City Street reference.  Clicking on the magenta location boundary will then provide a general description of the planned work. You can also view this communication and restoration updates associated with this project directly on our website by accessing the following link:

What/Where/Why:  Illinois American Water Company will be retiring approximately 2,173 feet of water main that has reached the end of its useful life along the public right of way along Pleasant Hill Rd from Grand Avenue to Armbrust Avenue and on Armbrust Avenue from 26W170 to 26W009. The existing customer service connections will be transferred from the old 4-inch water main to the newer 8-inch water main, which will further enhance customer water service reliability in the area.

When:  The Water Main Retirement project will commence at the beginning of June and have a duration of approximately 3-4 months. Illinois American Water will be the general contractor performing the construction work on this project and may have sub-contractors assisting. Henry Maradiaga will be available as a field representative to assist with any concerns regarding the project.  Please do not hesitate to contact Delores Sanders at 630-739-8836 if there are any questions or concerns regarding the project.

How will this affect you?   Residential services will be transferred to the new water main.  The existing water main will then be retired in place by draining all water from the main and then capping the ends. During the service transfer process, the existing water main will remain active while the services are transferred to the new water main.  In order to transfer your service to the new main, there will be a temporary disruption in water service.  You will receive 48-hour advance notice from the contractor prior to this disruption in service.

Lead plumbing: Lead, a metal found in natural deposits, is harmful to human health.  The most common exposure to lead is swallowing or breathing in lead paint chips and dust, however, lead in drinking water can also be a source of lead exposure.  In the past, lead was used in some water service lines and household plumbing materials.  Lead in water usually occurs through corrosion of plumbing products containing lead; however, disruption (construction or maintenance) of lead service lines may also temporarily increase lead levels in the water supply.

This disruption may sometimes be caused by water main maintenance/replacement.  As of June 19, 1986, new or replaced water serviced lines and new household plumbing materials could not contain more than 8% lead.  Lead content was further reduced on Jan. 4, 2014, when plumbing materials must now be certified as “lead-free” to be used. While it’s not known for certain whether or not this particular project will adversely affect the lead (if present) plumbing in and outside your home, attached is some information with preventative measures you can take to help reduce the amount of lead in drinking water.

IF WE ARE REPLACING THE UTILITY-OWNED SERVICE LINE SERVING YOUR PROPERTY, we’ll notify you on the day the service line is replaced with further instructions on how to flush your household plumbing prior to using the water. If you’re not home, we’ll leave the instructions at your front door.  The attached fact sheet explains more about lead and how to decrease exposure.

Restoration: Once the water main retirement and service transfer shave been completed, all excavated areas will be restored weather permitting during the fall season.  Additionally, Illinois American Water Company will ensure the work is coordinated such that driveway and sidewalk access is unrestricted during this project. 

Any questions? Illinois American Water Company is committed to providing high quality water and reliable service to you.  We appreciate your cooperation and apologize in advance for any inconvenience this project may cause.  If you have any questions or comments, please do not hesitate to contact Delores D. Sanders, Engineer Construction Coordinator, at the number or email listed below.


O:  630-739-8836




Location: Liberty Ridge West (Wheaton, IL)
Issued: 06/02/2017
Start Time: 06/02/2017
End Time: 10/02/2017
Expires: 10/02/2017
Contact Name: Delores D. Sanders
Contact Phone: 630-739-8836
Posted in: Construction