Water, Sewer Woes Hit Algonquin Hard Monday
The village of Algonquin's wastewater treatment plant on Wilbrandt Street had electrical issues Sunday night. A water main rupture was reported at Towne Park Monday morning.
Algonquin's Public Works Department got hit with a one-two punch after electrical issues shut down a water treatment plant late Sunday and then a water main ruptured Monday morning at Towne Park.
The electrical issues at the wastewater treatment plant at 125 Wilbrandt Street in Algonquin started at 8 p.m. Sunday causing pumps at the lift station to cycle on and off, said Public Works Director Bob Mitchard. Lightning is believed to have caused the outage.
Mitchard said he didn’t learn about the problems until nearly 2 a.m. Monday after a resident complained of flooding in their basement. In total, two basements reported flooding on Osceola Avenue in Algonquin, Mitchard said.
Pumps and motors became completely submerged and several municipalities, including Crystal Lake, Huntley, Elgin, Carpentersville and Geneva, lent pumps to Algonquin on Monday to help fix the problem, Mitchard said.
In addition to the problems at the water treatment plant, the public works department dealt with a water main rupture at Towne Park Monday morning. Towne Park has been closed as construction continues in that area on the Western Bypass.
“It’s the third (water main rupture) we have had in that area and we are surmising it’s related to the construction project,” Mitchard said.
The village turned off the valves in that area and will be fixing the water main.
“It is an isolated area of the a park that is currently closed," he said.