(Fernway) Orland Hills, IL - 94th Avenue Water Main Replacement Infrastructure Improvements

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(Fernway) Orland Hills, IL - 94th Avenue Water Main Replacement Infrastructure Improvements

Important information from Illinois American Water Company!

Who:  Customers in our Fernway service area in Orland Hills on 94th Avenue between 167th Street and 169th Place. The following web link provides a map depicting the area of proposed work in your community: http://arcg.is/0ee90i 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: https://amwater.com/ilaw/alerts

What/Where/Why:  Illinois American Water Company will be replacing approximately 1,400 feet of 8-inch water main along 94th Avenue that has reached the end of its useful life.  The water main will be installed by both directionally drilling methods.  This project is sponsored by Mayor Kyle R. Hastings and the Village of Orland Hills Board of Trustees.

When:  The project will commence the week of October 2, 2017 for the duration of approximately 2 months.  Airy’s, Inc. will be the general contractor performing the construction work on this project.  Strand Associates, Inc. will serve as our construction inspector and will have Mr. Anand Sridhar available as a field representative to assist with any concerns regarding the project.  Please do not hesitate to contact Mr. Sridhar at 815-744-4200 if there are any questions or concerns regarding the project.

How will this affect you?  The existing water main will remain active while the new water main is installed and tested.  After the newly installed water main has obtained Illinois EPA approval, residential services will be transferred to the new 8” water main.  The existing 6” and 8” water mains will be abandoned.  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 installation and service transfers have been completed, all excavated areas will be restored.  Additionally, Illinois American Water Company will ensure the work is coordinated such that driveway and sidewalk access is not restricted 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

E:  delores.sanders@amwater.com




Location: IL
Issued: 09/15/2017
Start Time: 09/15/2017
End Time: 12/02/2017
Expires: 12/02/2017
Contact Name: Delores D Sanders
Contact Phone: 630-739-8836
Posted in: Construction