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The Public Works Department provides a wide variety of services to West Dundee residents, including infrastructure maintenance, water and sewer utility operations, landscaping and forestry and more. There are two functional divisions of the department: Water & Sewer and Streets & Underground.

Public Works Director
Eric Babcock
ebabcock@wdundee.org

Water Superintendent
Patrick Doyle
pdoyle@wdundee.org

Public Works Secretary
Christin Mangan (PT)
cmangan@wdundee.org
Terri Dalke (PT)
tdalke@wdundee.org

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The Water & Sewer Division operates the Village’s water system, which includes 3 deep-well water sources, 3 elevated water storage towers with a combined capacity of 2,750,000 gallons, 2 water treatment facilities that incorporate an ion exchange treatment process to improve the overall quality of the water, 46 miles of water mains and over 540 fire hydrants.

The Streets Division maintains more than 88 lane miles of streets, over 430 street lights, curbs and sidewalks. Street sweeping, storm sewer maintenance, traffic control, snow removal and the free fall leaf collection program are all provided through this division. The Streets Division is also responsible for the Village's Forestry Programs, right-of-way mowing and fleet maintenance to over 30 vehicles.

The Streets Division is also responsible for the maintenance and upkeep of the public buildings, such as the Village Hall, Public Safety Centers I & II and the Public Works facility, and also maintains the Downtown and Riverwalk areas.

Backflow Testing: Fire Suppression and Lawn Irrigation Systems

Properties with fire sprinklers or a lawn irrigation system must be equipped with a backflow prevention device as required by the Village's Cross Connection Control Ordinance to protect against potential contamination to the public water supply. A successful test of the device(s) must be completed once per year and each time the device(s) are disconnected and reconnected to the municipal water system. Click here for more information.

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Public Works Facility
900 Angle Tarn
West Dundee, IL 60118

Phone:
Fax:
Hrs:

(847) 551-3815
(847) 551-3842
8:00am - 4:30pm M-F

For after hours/weekend dispatch, call QuadCom (847) 428-8784.
Call 811 for JULIE locate requests.

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Water Quality Update

Below is a follow-up regarding water softener repairs and barium/radium levels in the West Dundee water system. (To view the previously distributed information, please scroll down to the post entitled “West Dundee Water Quality Notice”.)

Repairs have been completed to three water softeners at the Angle Tarn Water Treatment Facility, and based on these repairs West Dundee has submitted all required bacterial samples for testing to an independent testing lab and to the IEPA. The IEPA requires two consecutive passing samples to be received in order to allow the repaired water softeners to be brought back on-line.

Notification of the second passing sample was received on February 4, 2015. As of February 5, the Village began distributing softened water back into the Village’s water system.

Based on demand, water utilization and storage, it is expected to take a few days before you will notice the return of softened water at the tap. Residents should notice a difference in the water quality when the softened water arrives at your home. By about February 11, it is expected that the existing treated water will be completely replaced by treated, softened water.

After the system is flushed, by the middle of next week, we will be collecting samples again and submitting them to an independent lab and the IEPA for testing of levels of barium and radiologicals. Upon receipt of those results, we will again provide notification to the community of the test results.

It is fully expected at that time that the water delivered to the homes and businesses in West Dundee will be found to be within the IEPA standards for barium and radium once again.

If you have any questions regarding water quality in West Dundee, please feel free to contact the Village Hall at 847-551-3800 or villagehall@wdundee.org, or the Public Works Department at 847-551-3815 or publicworks@wdundee.org.

"Flushable" Wipes Cause Damage to Sewer Systems

Products labeled as "flushable" cleansing cloths or wet wipes have been reported to clog toilets and sewer systems throughout the United States and abroad, leading to costly repairs for both homeowners and municipalities.

Please help keep the West Dundee sewer system in good working order. Please do not flush anything other than human waste and toilet tissue.

Additional information can be found at www.forthepeople.com, and a short video illustrating the difference between toilet tissue and wet wipes in terms of breakdown can be viewed at www.consumerreports.org.

Winter Parking Ban

Please be reminded that street parking is prohibited between the hours of 2am & 6am beginning November 1 through April 1. Click below for more information.

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General Maintenance Code Enforcement

Based on direction from the Village Board and a focus on general aesthetics of the neighborhoods of West Dundee, the Village will be placing increased attention a number of common property maintenance code violations.

The areas of code enforcement that will be focused on include:

• Vehicles parked in driveways should not block the sidewalk, particularly during daylight hours, in order to promote a pedestrian-friendly environment throughout the Village.

• Refuse containers should not be placed curbside any earlier than the evening prior to collection. Typically, this is Thursday evening. During the week of the 6 major holidays (New Years Day, Memorial Day, July 4, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas Day), collection is moved to Saturday, in which case refuse containers should not be placed earlier than Friday evening.

• Garbage cans should not be stored along the front (street side) of your home, but rather along the side or in the rear yard.

• Grass and weeds within your individual lot should be properly maintained, and do not become overgrown or unsightly. These would include any planting beds, landscape areas or lawns.

• Outdoor fire pits must located in the rear yard and at least 20’ away from any structure or combustible material. No garbage or yard waste is permitted to be burned.

• RVs, boats and trailers may not be stored in any driveway for longer than 48 hours.

Please click below for additional information regarding enforcement intentions related to these code compliance issues.

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Emerald Ash Borer

The Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) is an adult beetle known for nibbling on ash foliage. It was determined that the larvae (the immature stage) feed on the inner bark and wood of ash trees, which disrupts the ability to transport water and nutrients causing dieback and death. The adult beetles are dark metallic green bullet-shaped and about 1/2 inch long, with a narrow and elongated body, flat head and black eyes. As they emerge trees they will leave a unique "D" shaped exit hole, approximately 1/8 inch in diameter that may appear on the trunk or upper branches. Millions of ash trees in the Midwest have been infested.

The EAB was first found in West Dundee on Market Loop in 2009. Since then, the Village has identified and removed over 900 parkway trees. This is just over 16%, or 1 out of every 6 parkway trees within the Village has been removed in those five years.

The Village of West Dundee conducts an annual tree assessment that begins in mid May. Tree removals begin shortly thereafter and continue on as resources allow. Locations where trees are to be removed will be notified from the Village with a letter informing them of why the tree was removed and what the process is for replacement.

If you feel your tree is infested, contact the Public Works Department at (847) 551-3815 and Village staff will come out to inspect the tree.

For additional information, refer to the following links:
Illinois Department of Agriculture: http://www.illinoiseab.com

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