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As municipalities in and around northeastern Illinois explore their options for an alternative water source to meet the needs of residents, Minooka trustees last week took a close look at the village’s plans.

During the June 17 meeting of the Minooka Village Board Committee of the Whole, officials reviewed water study results that show the region’s supplies are depleting.

The village of Minooka has two scenarios to study as it seeks to secure a connection to an alternative water source.

One option calls for the city of Joliet to tap into Lake Michigan by 2030 and the communities of Oswego, Yorkville and Montgomery to switch off by 2035 to help allow Minooka and all county industry to stay on deep wells through 2050.

Another option works under the assumption that the city of Joliet and every other community in the region except Minooka secures a connection to an alternative water source to help preserve deep well withdrawals through 2070.

The two scenarios indicate that Minooka will continue using its existing water supplies through 2050 or 2070, at which point it is suggested that deep well withdrawals will start becoming at risk.

Village Administrator Dan Duffy had this to say.

The village board has not yet determined if it will tap into Joliet’s water supply if the city extended the village the opportunity to buy in. Duffy said the village is looking to keep its options open.

Also at the meeting, officials were briefed on the status of the village’s negotiations with Speedway.  The company has been in talks to build a new gas station in town for a number of months.

The village would like to form a public-private partnership with Speedway to help pay for sewer line construction from Ridge Road, west on Holt Road to the Hare Road lift station.

The deal, if agreed upon, works under the assumption that Speedway will contribute $250,000 to the village toward the estimated $750,000 of sewer line construction. 

Duffy said further discussion of the project will take place at the annexation committee in the coming months.