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The Public Works Department is responsible for the delivery of safe, potable water to residents and businesses in the Village and for fire suppression.  Personnel in the department are responsible for emergency replacement of broke mains, as well as repair and exercising of system valves, repair and replacement of water meters and pumping equipment.  The department also repairs and maintains over 110 miles of water mains, sanitary sewers that transport Village sewerage to the Glenbard Wastewater Authority and storm sewers
The Village of Glen Ellyn obtains its water supply from Lake Michigan.  Water first travels through the City of Chicago water system, then the DuPage Water Commission (DWC) water system, before arriving to your home in Glen Ellyn.  The DuPage Water Commission is regulated by a 12-member Board of Directors, comprised of representatives and a chairman appointed by DuPage County and representatives appointed by municipal mayors. For more information on the Commission or Lake Michigan water, please visit the DuPage Water Commission’s website at
The Village funds its water and sewer system through the Water and Sewer Fund.  This fund is an enterprise fund, whereby monthly consumption based charges and fees that residents pay support the daily operations, system maintenance and capital investment of the Village's water system.
Rate Information
In addition, all sewer customers of the Village are assessed a flat monthly fee of $3.00 for the purpose of funding the sewer repair program.
For information regarding payment and late fees, please visit the Services Bill page.
Water Distribution System
The Village of Glen Ellyn’s Public Works Department maintains the water production, pumping, storage, and distribution system within the Village. This system includes:
  • Two pressure adjusting stations where Glen Ellyn receives Lake Michigan water from the DuPage Water Commission.
  • Two 1,000,000 gallon ground reservoirs and two elevated storage tanks of 500,000 and 750,000 gallon capacity.
  • Two stand-by ground water wells.
  • 110 miles of water mains; 1,200  fire hydrants;  1,350 water main line valves;  8,000 customer water service line valves, and  8,300 water meters.
  • Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) monitoring and control system.
Residential Watering Restrictions
The Illinois Department of Natural Resources mandates that water conservation measures be undertaken between May 15 and September 30. During this time period, the Village of Glen Ellyn will be enforcing these lawn sprinkling regulations. The regulations allow odd-numbered street addresses to water lawns on odd-numbered calendar days, while even-numbered street addresses may water on days that have an even-numbered calendar date. Lawn sprinkling on this odd/even schedule may only be performed from 5 to 8 a.m. and 7 to 11 p.m. Questions about sprinkling should be directed to the Public Works Department at 630-469-6756.
Lead Information
The Village purchases treated drinking water from the Dupage Water Commission via the City of Chicago. By monitoring and adjusting pH levels, the City of Chicago Department of Water Management (DWM) reduces the corrosiveness of water. In addition, the City of Chicago DWM has an aggressive anti-corrosion program in which phosphates, a common food ingredient, are added to form a coating on lead pipes, preventing lead from leaching into the water. Elevated lead levels  in  drinking  water  is  primarily  from  materials and  components  associated  with  service  lines  and  home  plumbing.


According to the American Water Works Association:
While the water utility and public health communities have made significant strides in reducing lead exposure, public health advocates and regulatory agencies are looking closely at the contribution of lead at the tap from lead service lines—particularly lead service lines that have been disturbed. There are three typical scenarios that raise concerns about elevated lead levels:
  1. Mandatory lead service line replacement with required by the Lead and Copper rule
  2. Infrastructure replacement when full or partial lead service line replacement occurs when other utility work is underway, such as during water main rehabilitation
  3. Repairs to lead service lines
On September of 2011, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Science Advisory Board (SAB) found that the available data indicate that partial lead service line replacement “may pose a risk to the population, due to the short-term elevations in drinking water lead concentrations.” Both  the Center for Disease Control (CDC) Advisory Committee on Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention and EPA’s Children’s Health Protection Advisory committees have subsequently expressed similar concerns about elevated lead concentrations in drinking water from partial lead service line replacements. EPA’s National Drinking Water Advisory Council indicated that elevated lead levels were a concern from both full and partial lead service line replacement. 


If  present,  elevated  levels  of  lead  can  cause  serious  health  problems, especially  for  pregnant  women  and  young  children. Glen Ellyn  is  responsible  for  providing  high  quality  drinking  water,  but  we  cannot  control  the  variety  of  materials  used  in  home plumbing  components ( faucets, fittings and solder). When  your  water  has  been  sitting  for  several  hours,  you  can  minimize  the  potential  for  lead  exposure  by  flushing   your   tap  for  30  seconds  to  two  minutes before using  the water  for drinking  or  cooking.  If you are concerned about lead in your water, you may purchase a lead testing kit, provided by a Certified Laboratory (listed below). Residents can also  purchase “lead specific” in house filters, but must follow the filter manufacturer requirements. Information  on  lead   in   your  drinking  water,  testing  methods and steps  you  can  take  to  minimize exposure to lead  is available  from  the  Safe Drinking Water Hotline (800) 426-4791  or  on the  web  at


Certified Laboratories
Suburban Laboratories - 1950 Batavia Avenue Suite 150, Geneva IL 60134 (708) 544-3260
Environmental Monitoring and Technologies- 8100 North Austin Avenue, Morton Grove IL 60053 (847) 967-6666
PDC Laboratories - 2231 West Altofer Drive, Peoria IL 61615 (309) 692-9688
Any water quality questions please call the Village of Glen Ellyn Utility Division Superintendent
(630) 547-5516 or Senior Plant Operator (630) 547-5503.
For lead sampling results please click on the Water Quality Report links below.
Water Quality Reports
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) requires all local governments to provide an annual water quality report. The Village of Glen Ellyn meets or exceeds the standards established for drinking water by the EPA. For more information on the Village of Glen Ellyn’s water quality, please see the full water quality reports.
The Village of Glen Ellyn owns and maintains two public sewer systems: a sanitary sewer system and a stormwater conveyance system. The sanitary sewer system transports waste and wastewater to the Glenbard Wastewater Authority, where it is  treated to meet and exceed the specifications set out by the Environmental Protection Agency. The water is then released back into the DuPage River. The storm sewer system collects stormwater runoff and conveys it to the DuPage River.  For more information regarding the Village’s sewer programs and infrastructure please click on the links below.
Sewer Backup
If you are experiencing a sewer back-up, residents and homeowners are urged to call the Village before contacting a sewer or plumbing contractor. Village staff will check the main sewer lines to determine if the source of the problem is the responsibility of the Village or the homeowner and will advise the resident or homeowner of their findings. Public Works can be reached at 630-469-6756 Monday through Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Please call the Police Department non-emergency line at 630-469-1187 after Public Works hours and on weekends.
Sanitary Sewer Service Line Repair - Cost Share Program
In 2000, the Glen Ellyn Village Board adopted a program to share the cost of some sanitary sewer service line repairs incurred by property owners.  This program allows residents to share costs for excavation, maintenance and installation of sewer mains for residential additions, alterations, remodeling or change of use.  For more information, please follow the link below to the Sanitary Sewer Service Line Repair Cost Sharing Program brochure.
Overhead Sewer/Backflow Prevention Valve Grant Program
In October 2001, the Village Board adopted a program to provide grants to eligible residents who wish to modify their sanitary plumbing system to minimize the possibility of sewer backups.  The Village will reimburse a property owner up to $2,500 or 50% of the cost of installing an approved overhead sewer or backflow prevention valve.  For more information, please follow the link below to the Overhead Sewer/Backflow Prevention Valve Grant Program brochure and drawings.
Clearwater Removal Program
The Village’s Clearwater Removal Program was implemented to reduce the amount of Clearwater (rainwater) improperly entering the sanitary sewer system, thereby reducing the strain on the system during major rain events. During a major storm, clearwater entering sanitary sewers can overload the system causing sewage to backup into homes. The Village requires inspections of sanitary sewers be made whenever a Real Estate Transfer Stamp is required (e.g. sale of property, title transfer, putting your deed into trust, refinancing, etc.).  The inspection must be performed before the Village can issue a Real Estate Transfer Stamp. Please contact the Public Works Department at 630-469-6756 for more information.
Glen Ellyn Civic Center
Office Hours
Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
535 Duane St. Glen Ellyn IL. 60137
(630) 469 5000
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