Temporary ban on outdoor water use

The City of Highland Park Monday issued a temporary ban on lawn sprinkling and other outdoor water use in the communities served by the city’s water treatment plant as a result of unexpected issues with its $34 million reconstruction project.

The ban, which does not affect indoor water use, was issued Monday morning and remains in effect until further notice. The plant serves 60,000 customers in Highland Park, Deerfield, Bannockburn, Lincolnshire, Fort Sheridan, Highwood and the Glenbrook Sanitary District.
The City of Highland Park issued the ban after the water treatment plant reported intermittent problems with clogged strainers limiting the city’s ability to deliver water. The strainers protect the plant’s new synthetic membrane system from damage caused by sand and other large solids coming in from Lake Michigan.

The City of Highland Park has activated its mutual aid connection with the City of Lake Forest and the Village of Northbrook to deliver emergency water. The mutual aid connection can supply an ample volume of water to sustain normal indoor water usage.

The Village of Deerfield assured residents the water was safe for consumption and that Highland Park would lift the ban once the strainers were unclogged.

The City of Highland Park asks the city’s water consumers to contact its public works department at 847-432-0807 with any questions.

The Village of Deerfield asked that inquiries from residents be directed to its water public works department at 847-317-7245.

The reconstruction of the water treatment plant, which started in February of 2013 and is 80 percent completed, will increase the facility’s capacity from 21 million gallons per day to 30 million gallons per day. The two-year project will change from conventional granular filtration to membrane filtration technology.

The City of Highland Park has been running ahead of schedule on the upgrades to the plant located at Park Avenue East and the lakefront, which are expected to be completed in early 2015.

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