The Public Works Department maintains 42 miles of underground storm sewers for storm water management. Like the village sanitary sewer system, Public Works is responsible for the structural integrity and proper function of this system. The purpose of this system is to collect rainwater and convey it through pipes to a drainage ditch, natural drainage way, creeks, rivers, and lakes, which in turn return natural water back to the environment. This is an important part of the weather and rain cycle.
It is against IEPA regulations and the law to dump anything and especially contaminants, into the street-side storm sewer inlets. These contaminants will eventually be conveyed to the natural waterways, which pollute the environment and make their way into the groundwater, which is the Village's water source.
It is equally important for residents and landscaping contractors to NOT blow, rake, or leave grass clippings, leaves, tree seed casings, twigs nor any other debris into the street. This leads to pollution and localized street flooding when the drain become clogged with these items. Public Works requests that all residents and businesses keep the drainage ways and streets along properties free from these items. If you observe a street drain that is full or clogged during rain events, please call Public Works at 708-503-7702 to report it.
If you see any resident or person discharging or dumping any type of fluid or solids into the street side storm sewers, PLEASE CALL 911 IMMEDIATELY AND THEN THE DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS AT 708-503-7702.