Last Friday, after more than twelve years of planning, the City of Highland Park broke ground on a long-awaited $30 million upgrade to the Water Treatment Plant that was built in 1929.

The investment will increase capacity as well as improve water safety, with the installation of a microfiltration system. The new filtration technology will address Cryptosporidium, Giardia, and other water-borne parasites known to be present in the Lake Michigan basin. The microfiltration technology will also eliminate the need for pre-treatment chemical additives to the water. The renovations are expected to be done by September 2014.

By working with our five nearby municipal water customers: Deerfield, Lincolnshire, Bannockburn, Ft. Sheridan and the Glenbrook Sanitary District, approximately half of the cost of the plant improvements will be paid for by non-Highland Park residents and businesses. The bonds issued to fund the plant upgrades will be repaid from water fees and permits.  No Highland Park property tax revenues will be needed.  Furthermore, under the agreements negotiated by the City of Highland Park, our residents will pay lower water rates than our customers in these five neighboring communities.

The City staff and the construction team will be meeting every week to ensure that this project is carried out efficiently, on budget and on time. You can learn more about the Water Treatment plant upgrades on the City’s website at

As 2013 gets underway, the City is focusing on the critical priorities of municipal government: streets, sidewalks, sewers, water mains, bridges, public safety and community services.  We are making long overdue investments in our infrastructure and working with other local governments to identify ways to work more efficiently.

Water Treatment Plant Groundbreaking

As always, if you have any questions, please feel free to contact me or David Knapp, City Manager of Highland Park, ( 847-926-1000).

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