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Local Science Students Learn about Groundwater, December 18, 2013

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On December 18, Water Quality Technician, Larry Pierce and Water Quality Supervisor, Nadine Miller visited St. Edwards School and presented Groundwater theory and the Groundwater Model to the 4th and 5th grade science classes.  Some groundwater topics covered included how wells work and pump water, how you get water to your home, and groundwater protection.  The groundwater model that demonstrates how groundwater travels through geological layers was also presented.   Students were given hands on experience working with the model.”



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.  

Renewalable Energy



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


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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.  

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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.   

Arbor Day Foundation


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


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Millenium Fountain - May 27, 2013

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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 Millennium Fountain SignageFountain 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.


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Drinking Water Week, May 5-11

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Click to view info about your Drinking Water



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 Flushing Crewprogram.  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 Fireflow Testingensure 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

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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

IMG-20130103-00227.jpg 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

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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

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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

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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

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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

Well-10-aldermanandhanson.JPG Well 10-tours.JPGThe 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

Well36DedicationWell 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

IEMATreatmentResidualsWorkshopThe 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

BakerWatermainNew 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

FielddaysThe 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

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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

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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

Generator Training Well 13.JPGAt 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 for more information.


Rockford Water Environmental Lab will sample Ryan Air - December 1, 2011

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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

Well 13 Dedication 11-10-11.jpgAn 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

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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 D-CSR call taker.jpgDo 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

Environmental Lab - LP.JPGThe 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

Protect_Your_Groundwater_Day_Logo.jpgThe 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

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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

IMG00500-20110727-1822_edited.jpgThe 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.





Neighbors of Well 5.jpgThe 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.

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Rockford's Certified Lab Bacteriological Testing - July 8, 2011

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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

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Well 4 was sealed and then demolished on July 5, 2011






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2010 Consumer Confidence Report mailed to Customers - July 1, 2011

Cover of 2010 CCR.pngRockford’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

Tim - Mr. Bader Al Buraydi.jpgThe 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

CorbinandTay6-21.jpgThe 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.




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Broken Service on Concord Avenue - June 13, 2011

CONCORD AVE.jpg Broken service on Concord Avenue.  Please use caution when driving in the area.


Signs Posted at the Millennium Fountain - June 4, 2011

Millennium Fountain SignageThe 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

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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.




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.


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