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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. 


Mike Hamilton December 18, 2013 at 07:54 AM
No- I dont trust the figures that the village gave.
john wszolek December 18, 2013 at 08:58 AM
no ! not only do I not trust the figures do not want anything to do with bankrupt Chicago and corruption.If we do this we will be at their mercy with sky high water rates.no no no no !
David R. Smith December 18, 2013 at 09:25 AM
Didn't we just spend a bunch of money to put softeners on all the wells. This eliminates the radon. If we are using the water up, then it might be a good idea to look at why the rains are running off and stop paving the entire town.
Rebecca Lauseng December 18, 2013 at 11:24 AM
Yes. Lake Michigan water is a lot better then well water. It is cleaner and taste better. And Chicago doesn't own lake Michigan water. I grew up on Lake Michigan water, and going to well water has sucked! Lake Zurich won't do it because of the cost, and 43 million is a steap price tag, but to me it seems it has been long over due like everything else in lake county.
john wszolek December 18, 2013 at 04:49 PM
yes Chicago doesn't own lake Michigan,but they maintain the filtration system and main pipe line.your living in a dream world if you think Chicago is not going to get a piece of it your only kidding yourself
Don Cook December 18, 2013 at 07:58 PM
NO!!! Environmentally Lake Michigan is stressed and water levels are down 6 feet. The Army Corps of Engineer Study defines a growing problem with the entire Great Lakes with declining indigenous species and elevated pollution levels. We need to spend the money locally to improve not only water quality but recycling techniques which will cost us all less going out into the future
Sam L Semrow December 18, 2013 at 11:13 PM
Yes Lake Zurich should pursue Lake Michigan water. The ability to get an allocation may not exist again. Soon water, especially high quality water, will be the new oil. The water table is stressed and Lake Michigan provides an excellent source of high quality water. Grants should be pursued to minimize the overall cost to the village and taxpayers. Ultimately Lake Zurich could profit as it does now by selling to neighboring communities.
Herb Hupfer December 21, 2013 at 11:27 AM
You can't trust Lake Zurich officials. In Kildeer, we pay over $100 month just for our sewer bill. This has increased dramatically in the last 3 years because of LZ. We have well water and I can only imagine how much LZ would charge for Lake Michigan water. Just look at the mess with "downtown" LZ, millions lost and no good solutions.
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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