Design & Construction
Switching the region’s water supply from groundwater wells to Lake Michigan is an exciting opportunity and large undertaking. The solution requires purchasing treated water from the City of Chicago and pumping it more than 35 miles to the southwest suburbs and an additional 25 miles for delivery to the delivery points of all participating municipalities.
While the infrastructure improvements are complex, the solution has already been evaluated and put in motion. A team of experts led by Stantec Consulting Services, Inc. (engineering, legal, financial, land acquisition and public outreach) are currently under contract and performing preliminary design of the proposed improvements.
The conceptual capital costs for the program range from $600 - $800 million (2020 dollars). Information on the funding strategy can be found here.
The conceptual location of the proposed facilities is shown in the exhibit below.
By 2030, the infrastructure improvements will be complete and the Grand Prairie Water Commission system will be operational.
Information on business opportunities related to the infrastructure improvements can be found in the doing business section.