The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA) requires that all water systems in the State of Illinois have an effective Cross Connection Control Program. An important requirement of this program is a comprehensive survey of each private water system to determine where any potential cross connections exist. A survey was mailed to every resident the week of December 7 and can also be completed online at https://backflow.com/glencoe/. The survey completion deadline has been extended to January 31, 2021.
Cross connections within the public water supply are a serious concern, as they can allow contaminants or pollutants to enter the public water system through what is called “backflow”. Backflow occurs when a drop in water pressure causes your water to flow in the opposite direction. This can allow potentially contaminated or polluted water to flow back into your drinking water and the Village’s water distribution system. Given IEPA regulations and the dangers that exist from unprotected cross connections, it is necessary to establish and maintain an effective cross connection control program to protect both the integrity of Glencoe’s water supply as well as to protect all of our water customers. Find more information about the program here.
In order to provide the most effective and efficient program possible, the Village has contracted with Backflow Solutions, Inc. to assist with the administration of the Village’s Cross Connection Control Program. Backflow Solutions, Inc. (BSI) is a professional service company fully devoted to helping public and private water systems with the development, implementation, and maintenance of cross connection control programs.
The Village of Glencoe works diligently to maintain the quality and safety of the water delivered to every water customer. Your cooperation in working together with the Village through participation in this critical program will protect our water from potential contamination. Should you have any other questions regarding this program, please contact Alex Urbanczyk, Water Plant Superintendent, at (847) 461-1651. Thank you for your assistance.