Should Lake Zurich Switch to Lake Michigan Water?

Tell us in the comments section: Do you think Lake Zurich should switch to Lake Michigan water?

The village of Lake Zurich is facing a costly decision regarding the future of its water supply. 

The village board learned during a workshop earlier this month it would cost $43 million to pay for Lake Michigan water, which would include constructing a $19.4 million pipeline from Arlington Heights to the village and $10 million for pumping facilities and storage, according to the Lake Zurich Courier. 

If the village sticks with groundwater, it would cost about $16.5 million mainly to install a Water Remediation Technology and become compliant with "future regulatory standards," according to the article. 

The Chicago Tribune reports a representative from Manhard Consulting said the upside of choosing Lake Michigan water "provides water source certainty" and a "long-term sustainable solution."  

The representative said finding places to dump radium in the future — due to increased regulations on its disposal — could be more difficult and therefore, more costly, and studies have also shown the village's underground water source "is currently overused, causing water tables to drop," according to the Chicago Tribune. 

Read more on the Chicago Tribune and Lake Zurich Courier

What do you think? Should Lake Zurich make the switch to Lake Michigan water? Tell us in the comments. 

eicy December 22, 2013 at 04:40 PM
No, expense is too great and what happens in years when there are draughts? Water restrictions will be imposed and the costs will go up even higher. If a pipe breaks between here and Lake Michigan, how long will our source be cut off? Find a local solution. Lake Zurich residents already pay too much for water and real estate taxes
Rolfe Jaremus January 06, 2014 at 11:01 AM
For people in the northern suburbs, their water goes through Evanston, not Chicago. As someone who lives in Woodridge, which had very good well water but switched to lake water about 20 years ago, it is much better. No need for water softners, and in the winter particularly the water has very little chlorine in it. It tastes great. I would suggest that they go forward with the hook up. Why wait for the next drought?
Jenn Koppe January 28, 2014 at 12:51 AM
Yes. We need Lake Michigan water. It taste so much better.
Rolfe Jaremus January 28, 2014 at 09:03 AM
Eicy, keep in mind that all communities have their own water towers that store water locally. So if a water main breaks, which they all do occasionally, water supplies are available for about 36 hours which is usually more than enough time to fix a water main break. When was the last time that you heard of a community in the Chicago area going without water?


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