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Joliet gets ready to form water commission

The Joliet City Council will take a vote Tuesday to show its commitment to forming a regional water commission with 11 other communities.

Joliet officials are looking for other communities to vote on similar resolutions as the city hopes to form the regional commission to share costs in the delivery of Lake Michigan water by 2030.

“The purpose is so communities can demonstrate that they’re seriously considering this as an alternative,” said Joliet Utilities Director Allison Swisher.

Joliet like other potential members in the commission now rely on aquifers and wells for municipal water.

Other communities now considering joining the commission are Crest Hill, Shorewood, Channahon, Minooka, Rockdale, Romeoville, Lemont, Homer Glen, Yorkville, Oswego and Montgomery.

The Joliet City Council on Tuesday will vote on a resolution stating the city’s official intent to participate in the formation of the commission.

The commission must be authorized by state legislation. Swisher said that legislation is expected to go to a vote in the Illinois General Assembly during its veto session in November.

The City Council in January voted to partner with Chicago in building a system to bring Lake Michigan water to Joliet by 2030.

Source: The Daily Chronicle

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