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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.

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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.

Darren Rivchin November 13, 2012 at 02:33 PM
That is why it is always better to have septic and well no matter if it is residential or commercial. Alot cheaper, and you can use as much as you want when you want. No back ups or damages as septic and triple traps all have Baffles that do not allow for back ups as well as alarms.... The Well and septics and triple traps pay for themselves in 1 year in some cases and 2 or 3 years at most....
Soonwinner November 13, 2012 at 05:34 PM
My brother had a septic and well system in Wisconsin and celebrated when the town installed sewers and water. His backyard was always kind of soft and smelly and the toilets always needed careful loading and load balancing. He had that septic for 25 years.

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