The Village of Schaumburg’s public water supply is one of the highest rated water systems with the highest rated water quality in the country. Since 1980, Schaumburg has invested over $30,000,000 in water system improvements. These improvements include the construction of the water pipeline from Chicago and pump station now operated by the Joint Action Water Agency (JAWA), additional reservoirs and pump stations to receive and pump Lake Michigan water, large transmission water mains through out the village, and an emergency water connection with the DuPage Water Commission (DWC) .
JAWA was formed in the early 1980s by a joint governmental agreement by Schaumburg and six adjacent towns. JAWA was then able to issue bonds and construct a pumping station and reservoirs by O’Hare airport, a 96 inch water transmission main along the toll way from the O’Hare pumping station to Barrington Road, two reservoirs just west of Barrington Road next to Higgins Road, and connections to the seven member communities. JAWA now pumps over 30 million gallons per day of Lake Michigan water to its member communities.
Since 1988, Schaumburg has received 100% of its water from Lake Michigan via Chicago. Before that time, Schaumburg’s water was supplied by 18 wells located throughout the village. All necessary water treatment is performed by Chicago so that our water meets all Federal and State EPA Safe Drinking Water Standards. Year after year, the village’s water has met all safe drinking water health standards. Our water is tested daily in accordance with strict EPA regulations. Samples are also tested weekly for bacteriological quality and quarterly for chemical and mineral quality.
Schaumburg’s water system is operated and maintained by eight Illinois EPA licensed public water supply operators. EPA licensed public water supply operators must complete two years of on the job training and then pass an EPA written exam to obtain their license. They must also complete a minimum of 10 hours of EPA approved training classes every year to maintain their license. Schaumburg’s water operators are members of several professional organizations including the American Water Works Association (AWWA) and the Mid Central Water Works Association.
If our supply from JAWA should be interrupted, Schaumburg has enough storage and pumping capacity to provide water for all uses including fire protection for over two days. If we should experience a major disruption in service from JAWA, our emergency water connection with DWC will provide a continuous supply of water equal to our average daily supply from JAWA. This emergency connection with DWC can be powered by one of the village’s trailer mounted generators if a major electrical power outage should occur. Additionally, we have four wells available for emergency back-up that can be brought online with little advance notice.
The village’s water system helps keep Schaumburg’s fire insurance rating at a Class 2 which is the second best possible classification. This rating keeps fire insurance premiums for residential, commercial, and industrial property owners at their lowest. Check with your insurance carrier to make sure your rates reflect our excellent Class 2 fire rating.
Schaumburg’s water rates are based on several costs. These costs are: 1) the rate charged by Chicago, 2) JAWA’s operation, maintenance, and pumping costs, 3) repayment of the JAWA bonds, 4) repayment of village issued bonds for major water system improvements, 5) the village’s operation, maintenance, and pumping costs, and 6) future capital improvement costs for the maintenance, repair, and replacement of the water system infrastructure. No tax money is used to fund Schaumburg’s water system.
Americans spend over 5,000 times more per gallon for bottled water than they do for tap water. Schaumburg only charges a little over $5 for 1,000 gallons of safe, clean water delivered 24/7 to your tap. At $1 (or more) each, this is what you would pay for just five half liter bottles of water at your local convenience store. Or, about what you pay for a 24 bottle case of water that you have to carry home from the grocery store. 1,000 gallons equals 7,570 half liter bottles! If you get your recommended eight glasses a day from bottled water, you could be spending up to $1,400 annually. The same amount of tap water would cost less than a dollar. And, according to a four-year study conducted by the Natural Resources Defense Council, bottled water is not necessarily cleaner or safer than tap water. In fact, over 25 percent of bottled water is actually just filtered bottled tap water.
If you should have any questions about your water supply, please contact the Engineering and Public Works Department at (847)923-6612.