Youth Groundwater Festival, March 13, 2013
City of Rockford Water Quality staff participated in the annual Youth Groundwater Festival held at Rock Valley College on March 13, 2013.
Nadine Miller, Water Quality Supervisor and Jill Giacomazzo, Water Quality Technician, taught a class on water quality in groundwater and source water protection.
Students participating were from St. James, Keith Country Day, and Christian Life.
Well 30 Pump Pulled - January 3, 2013
As part of the City of Rockford's asset management program, underground wells and pumps are checked for efficiency and performance. The well and pump at Well 30 were identified as assets that needed to be pulled as a result of these tests. The well and pump will be reconditioned to improve performance.
Zone Control Valve - #10 on the move - 12-14-12
Rockford's water system is comprised of four zones. To create these "zones" there are zone control valves (pictured above) that control the flow of water from one zone to another throughout the city. Due to the capital improvements that are taking place at the South Main Street Corridor, it was necessary to move the zone control valve to its new location at Springfield Avenue and Central Avenue. The work on this particular project will be completed by mid-January 2013.
Water Quality Technicians - Award Recipients - December 7, 2012
The Water Quality Technicians, Jill (left) and Larry (right) are the recipients of the Accountability Team Award. The Accountability award is given to the team that has modeled behavior that has set an example for accountability and responsibility to co-workers, other departments and the community.
The Water Quality Technicians under the direction of Supervisor Nadine Miller, are dedicated to ensuring that the citizens of Rockford have safe, clean drinking water. We would like to thank the Water Quality Team for all of their hard work!
Soil Characterization Study - November 9, 2012
The City of Rockford Engineering and Water Divisions are undertaking a soil characterization study to determine the impact that soil conditions have on ductile iron pipe (DIP) used for water mains. DIP typically has a life span of 75 years however, corrosive soil can affect the integrity of the water mains and cause several main breaks. Soil samples are being taken along Perryville Road from E. State Street to Spring Brook Road to determine if there is corrosive soil. We have seen an increase in main breaks in this area over the past two years.
Hydrant Crews Attend Training - October 30, 2012
Part of the Distribution group attended a training conducted by the Mueller Waterworks Product Training Division. Some of the topics covered included Fire Hydrant installation, hydrant restraint, flow characteristics, security, repair and maintenance and leak locating.
Preventative Maintenance Testing - October 22, 2012
The Water Division conducts Preventative Maintenance on all of the Well Equipment to ensure that the performance is at its best and to identify any potential problems before a failure. We take pride in keeping the condition of your Well Houses at their best. Pictured above is a portion of a PM Check to record motor vibration data and conduct a step test. A step test will consist of operating the well pump at three different rates or capacities for a time period of 60 minutes each. During each step the pumping water level, drawdown, discharge pressure, motor amperage, capacity (gpm), and water clarity data will be taken at ten minute intervals.
Training - Excavation and Trench Safety - October 18, 2012
The Distribution Section of the Water Division will conduct a training on excavation and trench safety on October 18, 2012. A variety of excavation scenarios will be exercised.
Main Break 10-3-12
Above are before and during photos of the main break on Selden St and Tay.
A total of 23 residents were affected with the shutdown.
Voluntary Water Use Restriction Lifted - September 7, 2012
The City of Rockford has lifted the voluntary water restriction for the residents of Rockford.
Environmental Lab - Recertification - August, 30, 2012
The Rockford Water Division Environmental Laboratory has successfully completed its biennial audit/re-certification through the Illinois Department of Public Health.
The laboratory, located at 1111 Cedar Street, is certified for coliform testing in drinking water for both municipal water supplies and private wells. Additionally the laboratory certification includes bacteriological testing for new water main/well construction using the membrane filtration method.
This week, the lab welcomes intern Jerilyn Schroeder who will be working with us during the fall semester. Jerilyn is a senior at NIU and majoring in Public Health.
For additional information on the laboratory’s testing capabilities please visit the Environmental Laboratory page.
Dedication & Open House at Well 10 - June 5, 2012
The City of Rockford Water Division wrapped-up the $75 million Water Rehabilitation Project on June 5, 2012 with the final Dedication and Open House at Well 10, 4316 Newburg Road. Many community members came out to enjoy the "Turning on the Tap" of Well 10.
The main focus of conversation was that the City of Rockford Water Division finished the project, On Time, On Task and On Under Budget.
Well 36 Dedication - May 3, 2012
Well 36 located on Samuelson Road, is now up and running! This is the 9th Well House of 10 to received upgrades.
IEMA Training Class - May 3, 2012
The City of Rockford Water Division is continually training staff. Illinois Emergency Managment Agency is training staff members about the affects of Radium and proper removal.
Baker Place Water Main - May 2, 2012
New water main is being installed on Baker Place by the City of Rockford Water Division. There will be two valves and 140 feet of the new main being installed.
Field Days - May 1, 2012
The City of Rockford Water Division hosted Field Days at Well 31. Students from Rockford Christian enjoyed learning the details on how the Well House works.
Chlorine Leak - Mock Scenario - April 26, 2012
The City of Rockford Water Division, Fire Department, and Police Department conducted a mock chlorine release training exercise on the morning of April 26, 2012. Other agencies involved in the exercise included the Winnebago County Sheriff’s Department, Winnebago County Local Emergency Planning Committee, and Illinois Emergency Management Agency.
The mock emergency response exercise was initiated with a simulated alarm signaling a high concentration of chlorine at one of the City’s wellhouses.
All emergency responders for the City and surrounding jurisdictions benefited from the exercise and consider it essential to ensuring the health and safety of our residents.
Fluoride Award Received for Perfect Compliance - March 21, 2012
The City of Rockford Water Division is in receipt of the 2011 Fluoridation Award from the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency and the Illinois Department of Public Health for perfect compliance. The Water Division has received this award every year for 27 years. Public Works Direction, Timothy Hanson and Water Quality Supervisor, Nadine Miller accepted the award.
Ground Water Festival - March 14, 2012
City of Rockford Water Quality staff participated as facilitators at the annual Youth Groundwater Festival that was held on Wednesday, March 14 in the new Jacobs Center for Science and Math on the Rock Valley College grounds.
Area 4th and 5th graders attended the festival. Students participated in interactive learning sessions on the groundwater cycle and groundwater chemistry. They also learned how groundwater may become contaminated and how they can protect their groundwater. This was demonstrated by using a groundwater model. The event ended with a lively game of “Dripial Pursuit” where schools competed with one another by answering questions based on the topics presented throughout the morning.
Groundwater is essential to the health and well-being of humanity and the environment.
March 11-17, 2012
"Groundwater awareness is important to you!"
Click link for more information about Groundwater
Emergency Planning & Preparedness - February 22, 2012
The Water Division along with the Rockford Fire Department are in the planning stages of a Mock-Emergency for Chlorine Leak and Confined Space Rescue procedures. We consider the safety of our staff and the community our number one priority.
Innovative Method for Improved Water Quality at Closed Hydraulic Zone Valves - February 16, 2012
Nadine Miller, Water Quality Supervisor (far left) and Larry Pierce, Water Quality Technician (right) will be presenting our findings of an Innovative Method for improved Water Quality at the 2012 IEWA Watercon Conference.
ABSTRACT OF FINDINGS: In water distribution systems, valves are closed to create hydraulic zones that improve neighborhood water pressure. These closed valves create dead-end mains that result in poor water quality. The City of Rockford set out to determine if the installation of by-passes on these valves would result in improved quality. The by-passes were designed to allow a low flow that would maintain quality but not compromise the pressure zone. Improved water quality was demonstrated with turbidity readings and duration of hydrant flow collected during the City’s Annual Unidirectional Flushing Program.
Generator Testing - January, 2012
At Well 13, Water Operations staff are receiving specific training on our new Caterpillar Diesel generator and the Unit's switchgear, this is our fourth and final generator installation. The Water Division conducts many trainings every year to keep up on technology and changing regulations.
Rockford Water Division will be participating in the Youth Ground Water Festival on March 14, 2012
The Groundwater Festival is a learning fair for 4th and 5th grade students where education is used as the key to addressing groundwater issues. The Groundwater Festival is free of charge and number of participants are limited. Please contact Robbin Snodgrass at email@example.com for more information.
Rockford Water Environmental Lab will sample Ryan Air - December 1, 2011
US EPA published the Aircraft Drinking Water Rule (ADWR) in 2009. This rule ensures safe and reliable drinking water is provided to airline passengers and crew.
The ADWR tailors the existing primary drinking water standards to the operations of all aircraft.
Major requirements of the ADWR are:
- Develop and implement operation and maintenance plans and coliform sampling plans
- Routine disinfection and flushing
- Self-inspection of the aircraft water systems every 5 years
- Corrective action in response to sample results that may be a public health risk
- Periodic EPA compliance audits.
Each air carrier was required to submit a coliform sampling plan and an aircraft water system operation and maintenance plan to USEPA by April 19, 2011.
The Rockford Environmental Lab will be testing all aircraft in the Ryan fleet each time the internal water system is emptied and disinfected or when an aircraft returns from overseas.
Well 13 - Open House and Dedication - November 10, 2011
An Open House and Dedication ceremony was held at Well 13 located at 4526 Skyline Drive.
The Well No. 13 facility, along with nine other base well facilities, was identified as requiring treatment to remove naturally occurring iron, manganese, and radium. The primary concern at Well No. 13 is iron and manganese. Iron and manganese can create discolored water causing laundry and fixture staining.
Pilot testing at this site was conducted and removal efficiencies are anticipated around 98 and 90 percent for iron and manganese, respectively.
Well 31 Solar Panel Project - October 21, 2011
The City of Rockford began construction on a major solar energy project today. The project includes the installation of 150 solar panels on top of the City’s water reservoir at 1780 Bell School Road (southeast corner of Bell School and Rote Roads). Each solar panel is capable of producing 280 watts of power and were manufactured at Wanxiang’s new production facility here in Rockford. City of Rockford Water Division personnel will operate and maintain the solar panels.
Rockford Water Division to participate in Illinois State Water Survey - October 16, 2011
Deep bedrock aquifers underlie all of northeastern Illinois, provide relatively consistent yields and quality of water to wells, and have served as a reliable source of water to numerous communities for over 150 years. However, recharge to the deep aquifers is very slow and a history of high pumping through the 20th century and now into the 21st century has caused water levels to fall 500 to 800 feet in many deep wells. For more information on the status of deep wells in northeast Illinois, see the attachment.
Therefore, because of the importance of the deep sandstone aquifers to the communities and industries of northeastern Illinois, the Illinois State Water Survey (ISWS) has been measuring water levels in deep wells since 1958. Continued collection of deep well water levels is essential to assess how the deep aquifers are responding to changes in deep bedrock pumping amounts and patterns. However, state resources to conduct this massive data collection effort are severely strained. As a result, the City of Rockford Water Division along with many other Water Utilities in the state, will participate in a coordinated data collection effort to record their non-pumpingwell water levels all on one day – October 16, 2011 - and send that data to the ISWS.
Customer Service Call Center - October 5, 2011
Customer Service Call Center - October 5, 2011 Do you have questions regarding your Water Service, Water Bill, Water Meter, or Water Quality? The City of Rockford Water Call Center, 815-987-5700, is available Monday thru Friday, 8:00am - 5:00pm excluding Holidays. There is a Customer Service Representative waiting for your call!
Preventing, Detecting, and Responding to Drinking Water Contamination - October 5 - 6, 2011
The Water Division's priority is to provide You safe, reliable and affordable drinking water. Therefore, the Water Division Production Manager and the Supervisor of Water Quality are joining the efforts of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA's) Water Security initiative by attending a training workshop which focuses on the prevention, detection and response of drinking water contamination.
Environmental Lab - September 19, 2011
The City of Rockford Environmental Lab conducts over 40,000 tests per year. Pictured is a Lab Technician running a membrane filter test on water samples collected from Unit Well 13.
National Ground Water Protection Day - September 13, 2011
The National Ground Water Association (NGWA) has announced that September 13th will be “Protect Your Ground Water Day.” NGWA reminds us that there is something every person can do to protect and wisely use groundwater -- the largest source of fresh drinking water in the United States and the world. NGWA has provided a host of information on their web site related to this event. Please visit Protect Your Groundwater Day Web page.
Volatile Organic Chemicals (VOC’s) detected in two private wells in Winnebago County - August 22, 2011
Please refer to the Winnebago County Health Department and also the attached information - 2011 WCHD
Hydrant Hit on Pepper Drive - August 19, 2011
The Hydrant at Pepper and Pecan was hit by a car. Water Distribution was there in minutes to take care of the problem.
Water Utility Master Planning - August 15, 2011
The City of Rockford Water Division has embarked on Water Utility Master Planning. Meetings are underway addressing 13 aspects of the Water Utility including: Vision and Long-Term Planning, Workforce Development, Operational Efficiency and Risk Management, Stakeholder Understanding and Support, Community & Environmental Sustainability, Strategic Resource Management, Product Quality, Customer Satisfaction, Operational Optimization, Infrastructure Stability, Financial Viability, Supply Chain Management and Capital Program Delivery.
Well House Dedication - Well 5 - July 27, 2011
The City of Rockford dedicated another Well House on July 27, 2011. The Well House, located at 2526 Pelham Road, is the seventh filtration plant (out of ten total) to be built as part of the Water System Rehabilitation Program. This particular filtration plant is designed to remove manganese, which is the primary cause of discolored water in the area.
The new facility is capable of producing about 4.8 million gallons of filtered water per day. Drinking water produced from the new filtration plant will primarily serve residents in north-central Rockford.
Many residents were in attendance. Some responded that they had already realized an increase in pressure and noticed the improved water quality.
Heat Advisory - Water Conservation - July 18, 2011
The City of Rockford Water Division is working closely with Incident Command to monitor the heat and the affects to the Citizens of Rockford. The City of Rockford, Water Division is able to meet the demands during these extreme temperatures. If you would like to learn how you can conserve water, please view a couple of tips from Your Water Utility.....
Continued Training and Evaluation of Work Processes - July 15, 2011
The Water Division conducts several hours of in-house training every year.
In-house training of a new method of flushing an HMO pump
Confined Space Training at the Millennium Fountain.
Rockford's Certified Lab Bacteriological Testing - July 8, 2011
A City of Rockford Lab Technician works on bacteriological testing in the City's certified environmental laboratory. The laboratory received certification by the Illinois Department of Public Health to perform bacteriological testing on drinking water in 2010. The laboratory accepts water samples Monday through Thursday between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. Samples submitted in laboratory approved bottles are tested at the Cedar Streeet location. Coliform Analysis forms and pricing information are available on the Water Quality page of this website or you may contact the Water Quality Supervisor at 815-987-5713.
Well 4 Demolition - July 5, 2011
Well 4 was sealed and then demolished on July 5, 2011
2010 Consumer Confidence Report mailed to Customers - July 1, 2011
Rockford’s Drinking Water is Better Than Ever Before
We removed over 10 tons of iron from our drinking water in 2010 resulting in a 50% reduction in dirty water calls
All our “high radium” wells are now being filtered to remove the radium or have been abandoned
Over 39,000 tests are performed annually to ensure water is Safe
ON THE COVER: Well 29 located on Pepper Drive is one of our new radium filtration plants helping us make Rockford’s water safe.
Visit from Design & Projects Manager of the General Water Directorate of Qassim - June 24, 2011
The City of Rockford Water Division had the opportunity to discuss its successes and milestones regarding radium removal with Mr. Bader Al Buraydi, the Design & Projects Manager of the General Water Directorate of Qassim. Qassim has had similar success with radium removal and the discussion proved beneficial for both Rockford and Qassim.
Qassim is a providence of Saudi Arabia of approximately 1.2 million people covering an area twice the size of the Chicago metro area. Mr. Buraydi is responsible for granting approvals for studies & contracts, discussing technical issues with consultants, preparing programs/schedules for tendering projects, and supervising all technical staff in the Contracts Department.
Replacement of Valve at Tay and Corbin - June 21, 2011
The Water Division makes several repairs to water main, valve boxes, and cut off boxes and replaces many miles of water mains every year. This particular valve box at the corner of Tay and Corbin was 85 years old.
Broken Service on Concord Avenue - June 13, 2011
Broken service on Concord Avenue. Please use caution when driving in the area.
Signs Posted at the Millennium Fountain - June 4, 2011
The Millennium Fountain is to be enjoyed by all Citizens of Rockford. However, to ensure the safety of our Citizens we do not allow wading, bathing or climbing anywhere in, through, or around the fountain.
Millennium Fountain - June 1, 2011
The Millennium Fountain is operated and maintained by the City of Rockford Water Division. The Rockford Park District maintains the grounds surrounding the Fountain. The operating season of the Fountain is from Memorial Day to Labor Day. The Fountain runs daily from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. however, wind gusts around 15 mph will automatically turn the Fountain off to avoid excessive overspray.
WATER DIVISION RECEIVES PUBLIC WORKS PROJECT OF THE YEAR AWARD - May 9, 2011
May 9, 2011- The City of Rockford Water System Improvement Project has been awarded Public Works Project of the Year for 2011 in the Environment -$10 million to $100 million category by the Illinois Chapter of the American Public Works Association. The award was presented to Rockford Public Works Director Timothy Hanson and Water Division Superintendent Tim Holdeman at the organization’s Chapter Conference in Peoria, Illinois on Friday, May 6.
PRESSURE ZONE CHANGES - April 25, 2011