THIS WEEK IN WATER:
Water Division Recognized for Leading by Example, November 8, 2013
The City of Rockford, Water Division was recognized for its Leadership by Example. The Water Division is always thinking about conserving our resources, therefore, 150 solar panels were installed at one of our Well Houses, each panel is capable of producing 280 watts of power.
Progress at Well 37 - October 1, 2013
Well 37 is almost finished. Work is progressing as scheduled to complete the facility with the new filtration system.
Proficiency Testing - September 30, 2013
The Rockford Water Division Environmental Laboratory has completed its annual round of Proficiency Testing. The testing is a mandatory requirement of the laboratory's certification. The testing requires certified personnel to perform all bacteriological testing processes on "blind" water samples. In order to pass the testing, all data analyzed and reported by Rockford's methods must match 100% with the known answers.
Illinois EPA Lead and Copper Program - September 24, 2013
Last week, the Water Division completed the residential water sampling and analysis for the Illinois EPA Lead and Copper Program. A total of fifty homes participated in the sampling portion of this program. The IEPA mandates that we collect samples and test water from residents' homes every three years to ensure that our treatment processes are prohibiting the leaching of lead and copper into drinking water. The treatment process that we use coats the inside of pipes with a phosphate/carbonate compound. Analytical results show that our treatment process is effective and that we are in full compliance with is program.
Well 37 Vessels - September 21, 2013
The four filter vessels are in place at Well 37. The roof will be constructed over the top.
Demand Response Reduction Event - September 19, 2013
The City of Rockford, Water Division participates in an energy curtailment program to assist in saving energy during peak demand hours. The graph above shows that we were able to reduce energy usage to zero for the period of one hour in three different well sites.
Cathodic Protection - September 12, 2013
In an effort to protect our underground infrastructure from corrosion, the City of Rockford Water Division has embarked on a cathodic protection pilot program that consists of installing fifty (50) sacrificial magnesium anodes throughout our northeast pilot area. Compared to our ductile iron water main the magnesium anode has a greater affinity for corrosion, resulting in a cathodically protected water utility substructure.
Chemical Feed System and Pump Training - September 6, 2013
The Water Plant Operators are continuing their training on the chemical feed pumps. This two-part training consisted of a classroom portion as well as a hands-on in one of the City's Well Houses.
Well 37- Granular Activated Carbon - August 26, 2013
We are installing new Granular Activated Carbon (GAC) filters at Well #37. The filters are part of the System Improvement project under construction at Well #37. The filters are designed to improve the water quality at the well.
Water Inspectors are serious about Safety - August 23, 2013
Water Service Inspectors enter manholes for various reason. Pictured is an Inspector preparing to be lowered into a manhole using a safety harness hooked to a tripod. While in the manhole, he will be making minor repairs to a leaking pipe.
The Water Division supports local students through an Internship Program, August 9, 2013
Water Quality summer intern, Mike Nora, analyzes the source water from the City well sites for native fluoride. Mike is a college student working on his Bachelor's degree in Engineering.
Looking forward to the future, August 8, 2013
The City of Rockford Water Division cares about our environment and the protection of our resources. We are always looking at ways that we can make a difference. We recently enrolled in an energy curtailment initiative. As a result, 10 native trees were planted in the Gallatin National Forest in honor of You, the Citizens of Rockford, for your continued support of the environment.
Consumer Confidence Report - 2012 - June 19, 2013
The City of Rockford is pleased to provide you with the Consumer Confidence Report for 2012. The focus of the report is to inform you of Rockford's compliance with drinking water standards. CCR-2012
Millenium Fountain - May 27, 2013
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.
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.
Water Division Accepts Proclamation - May 13, 2013
The City of Rockford, Water Division will celebrate water by recognizing the essential role drinking water plays in our daily lives, with special attention on the ways in which all water consumers can get to know their H2O.
Below, Water Superindentent, Tim Holdeman, Assistant Superintendent, Greg Cassaro and Production & Customer Service Manager, Ashley Bernard accept the Mayor's Proclamation declaring the Week, Drinking Water Week in the City of Rockford.
Drinking Water Week, May 5-11
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What do you know about H2O?
Did you know..
The City of Rockford Water Utility was established in 1874.
The original pumping station was built in 1875 on Park Avenue.
You can read more about the history of the Water Division on the Water Division's History Site...
Did you know..
• There is no new water. All the earth’s water supply formed along with our planet.
• More than 97% of it is salt water.
• Only 3% of the earth’s water is fresh water and 99% of that is frozen in glaciers or buried deep in the earth.
• So we can access and use less than 1% of all the earth’s water.
Did you know..
• Americans use 3 to 10 times more water than most people throughout the world!
• Each of us directly uses about 150 gallons of water every day!
• Including indirect uses we each use almost 1400 gallons of water a day!
Water Division Achieves Full Compliance - April 18, 2013
The Illinois EPA notified the City of Rockford that it has met all requirements of its compliance Commitment Agreement (CCA). Read full Press Release
Flushing Season has begun! - April 16, 2013
City crews have started the flushing program for 2013.
Flushing is done annually to maintain water quality. With the use of computerized mapping, the City of Rockford has developed a unidirectional flushing program. Unidirectional flushing consists of closing specific water system valves to create one way flow and then opening hydrants in a consecutive manner. This increases the speed of the water flow in the pipes. These high velocities produce a scouring action in the pipes, removing even the most stubborn deposits. Flushing crews may be in your area at any time during flushing season, April through November. Pictured is a flushing crew excited about getting the new year started!
Fire flow Testing has begun - April 15, 2013
Fire flow testing is done to determine how much water is available for fire protection. City Crews will flow test to ensure the presssure is at a level that is consistent with the needs of the Fire Department. The Water Division takes your safety serious and continues to strive for excellence everywhere. These tests are performed to ensure adequate pressure throughout the system in the unfortunate event of a fire.
Youth Groundwater Festival, March 13, 2013
Well 30 Pump Pulled - January 3, 2013
Zone Control Valve - #10 on the move - 12-14-12
Water Quality Technicians - Award Recipients - December 7, 2012
Soil Characterization Study - November 9, 2012
Hydrant Crews Attend Training - October 30, 2012
Preventative Maintenance Testing - October 22, 2012
Training - Excavation and Trench Safety - October 18, 2012
Main Break 10-3-12
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
Dedication & Open House at Well 10 - June 5, 2012
Well 36 Dedication - May 3, 2012 IEMA Training Class - May 3, 2012
Baker Place Water Main - May 2, 2012
Field Days - May 1, 2012
Chlorine Leak - Mock Scenario - April 26, 2012
Fluoride Award Received for Perfect Compliance - March 21, 2012
Ground Water Festival - March 14, 2012
Emergency Planning & Preparedness - February 22, 2012
Innovative Method for Improved Water Quality at Closed Hydraulic Zone Valves - February 16, 2012
Generator Testing - January, 2012
Rockford Water Division will be participating in the Youth Ground Water Festival on March 14, 2012
Rockford Water Environmental Lab will sample Ryan Air - December 1, 2011
Well 13 - Open House and Dedication - November 10, 2011
Well 31 Solar Panel Project - October 21, 2011
Rockford Water Division to participate in Illinois State Water Survey - October 16, 2011
Customer Service Call Center - October 5, 2011
Preventing, Detecting, and Responding to Drinking Water Contamination - October 5 - 6, 2011
Environmental Lab - September 19, 2011
National Ground Water Protection Day - September 13, 2011
Volatile Organic Chemicals (VOC’s) detected in two private wells in Winnebago County - August 22, 2011
Hydrant Hit on Pepper Drive - August 19, 2011
Water Utility Master Planning - August 15, 2011
Well House Dedication - Well 5 - July 27, 2011
Heat Advisory - Water Conservation - July 18, 2011
Continued Training and Evaluation of Work Processes - July 15, 2011
Rockford's Certified Lab Bacteriological Testing - July 8, 2011
Well 4 Demolition - July 5, 2011
2010 Consumer Confidence Report mailed to Customers - July 1, 2011
Visit from Design & Projects Manager of the General Water Directorate of Qassim - June 24, 2011
Replacement of Valve at Tay and Corbin - June 21, 2011
Broken Service on Concord Avenue - June 13, 2011
Signs Posted at the Millennium Fountain - June 4, 2011