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Water Supply Project


Sustainable Water Source Update 

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July 2021

The Village currently provides residents and businesses with groundwater from six wells.  Several years ago, scientists from the University of Illinois discovered the sandstone aquifer that our region relies upon for groundwater is declining and may not be a reliable by 2030.  Since then, the Village has been preparing to switch from the sandstone aquifer to Lake Michigan water.  Lake Michigan is one of largest fresh water sources in the world and currently provides water to most of the Chicagoland area.

There are several different ways to bring Lake Michigan water to Shorewood. When the Village hired and engineering firm to begin designing a water transmission line in 2018, there was only one viable water source option.  This option involves running a large water transmission main through a ComEd easement to a connection point for Illinois American Water in Bolingbrook.  For the past two years, the Village has been negotiating with ComEd to use their easement and also designing the transmission main and a water receiving station.  Recently, three additional water source options were identified, including the DuPage Water Commission, new regional water commission to include the City of Joliet, and a different connection to Illinois American Water. The Village is evaluating the long-term capital and operating costs for each of these four options with a tentative goal of completing a detailed analysis later this year.

Questions can be directed to Noriel Noriega, Public Works Director, at (815) 553-2321 or

Background/Project Reports

2014 - Water Supply Project Plan

2019 - Final Engineering Progress Update

2020 - Progress Update

2020 - Analysis of Risk to Sandstone Water Supply in the Southwest Suburbs of Chicago (Illinois State Water Survey)

2020 - Shorewood, IL: Sandstone Water Supply Summary (Illinois State Water Survey)

2021 -  Regional Water Commission Prospectus