Department of Water Management Email Notification – Project Update

Construction Mobilization

Dear Neighbor,

Through Mayor Rahm Emanuel's “Building a New Chicago” infrastructure improvement program, the Department of Water Management (DWM) is installing a new water main in your area on.

Project No: 1701065

Location:

  • ON S PARNELL AVE FROM W 71ST ST TO W 72ND ST
  • ON W 71ST ST FROM S PARNELL AVE TO S STEWART AVE
  • ON S STEWART AVE FROM W 71ST ST TO W 74TH ST
  • ON W 74TH ST FROM S STEWART AVE TO S VINVENNES AVE
  • ON S STEWART AVE FROM W 74TH ST TO W 75TH ST
  • ON W 72ND ST FROM S STEWART AVE TO S PRINCETON AVE

By signing up for these notifications on the buildinganewchicago.org website, you will be kept informed on the progress of this project.

Construction crews have begun preparing the site for the water main installation, including the location and marking of other utility services. You will notice construction equipment and materials placed in your area. The project will consist of several phases over the coming weeks.

Once the new water main has been installed, the new pipe will be pressurized, disinfected with chlorine and tested. We will then begin the process of switching services from the old main to the new main. During that transfer period you will be without water for a few hours. Your building will receive a handout notifying you when your water service will be temporarily interrupted prior to the service transfer.

Flushing after Your Service Line has been Connected to the New Water Main

Once your old water main has been replaced and your water service has been connected to the new water main, it is important to flush your plumbing of any sediment, rust or metals, including any lead to maintain water quality.

Sediment, rust and metals, including any lead may collect in the aerator screen located at the tip of your faucets. These screens should be removed prior to flushing.

 

Routine Flushing

If your water line has been idle or stagnant for more than 6-hours, it is advised that you flush for at least 5 minutes to maintain water quality. This may include flushing the toilet, taking a shower and doing laundry.

Once the services have been transferred, the street will be temporarily restored with concrete until complete restoration of the street with asphalt can be done. ADA-compliant sidewalk ramps will be repaired or installed where needed, along with repair of damaged parkway and sidewalk. The final restoration of the street will include milling the surface, placing new asphalt, and painting the street markings.

The restoration schedule is subject to change and may be impacted by adverse weather conditions. Asphalt is not available during winter months, which may delay the final restoration of the street.

You will receive additional notifications as the project proceeds.

If you have questions about this project or the WaterALERT program, please email Helpdesk