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Boil Order Issued

Wednesday, 28 June 2017

A boil order has been issued for the 300 Block of Route 38, Crest Lane, Knoll, Ridge and Springdale.  The order will last for a minimum of 24 hours.  Affected residents will have a door hanger placed at their home.

IMG 1190Rochelle officials along with the Howard Hayes family celebrated the completion of the newest water tower today. The project, with a total cost of nearly $5 Million includes a 750,000 gallon elevated storage tank, well house, pump, and connecting water main. The new tower also includes the City’s new branding with the rustic red and gold logo.

The land on which our newest water tower now resides has been in the Hayes Family of the Rochelle area for over sixty years. “The farming operation was a family affair that extended to sons and grandsons who raised hay, bailed it and sold to Brookfield Zoo as feed for the elephants.” said Judy Connolly, daughter of the late Howard Hayes.

The Master Plan for the City of Rochelle water system includes, as a priority, the construction of a well in the southeast quadrant of the City due to the continued industrial growth in this area. The industrial corridor on the south side of town has increased demand for water from 1.9 million gallons per day in 2004 to 3.0 million gallons per day in 2014.

In 2012 the Mayor and Council approved engineering agreements to facilitate the construction of this well. Since that time the City has applied for an Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA) revolving loan, received approval of the project plan from the IEPA, purchased land for the well site and drilled the well.

“The need for additional capacity in our water system is a good thing for Rochelle. We’re growing steadily and the addition of our newest water tower is proof of that growth,” said Rochelle Mayor Chet Olson.

As of Friday May 19th, the boil orders for Sunset Terrace, North 14th Street, Scott Avenue and Highland Avenue have been lifted.

We are continuing boil orders for 1101-1353 Sunset Terrace and 14th Street; 1416, 1420 and 1425 Highland; 1122 to 1146 N 14th Street; and 1102-1301 Scott Avenue. These boil orders are in effect through Friday or until further notice.

While a main break is being repaired in the vicinity, residents on North 14th Street and Sunset Terrace are without water service today (5/17).  We apologize for the inconvenience.

A precautionary boil order has been issued for Sunset Terrace in Rochelle due to a water main break.  The order is in effect through Wednesday.

RMU is again offering the Summer Saver Electric Rate for residential customers. Customers can save money by signing up for the Summer Saver Electric Rate and then reducing their electric usage between the peak hours of 2 pm through 7 pm Monday through Friday. The Summer Saver Rate runs from June through September.

Because the rate is no longer risk-free, customers will not be automatically enrolled. They must sign up on the RMU website at www.rmu.net or by calling the RMU Customer Service Department at 815-562-4155.

If you have any questions, please contact the RMU Customer Service Department at 815-562-4155.

Summer Saver 2017 Flier

 

RMU Recognized for Reliability

Monday, 10 April 2017

Rochelle Municipal Utilities has received national recognition for achieving exceptional electric reliability in 2016. The recognition comes from the American Public Power Association (www.PublicPower.org), a trade group that represents more than 2,000 not-for-profit, community-owned electric utilities.

The Association helps members track outage and restoration data through its subscription-based eReliability Tracker service and then compares the data to national statistics tracked by the U.S. Energy Information Administration for all types of electric utilities.

“This recognition helps demonstrate public power’s commitment to reliable electric service,” said the Association’s Senior Vice President of Engineering Services, Michael Hyland.

Public power has a strong track record of reliability, said Hyland. Nationwide, the average public power customer has their lights out for less than half the time, compared to other types of utilities.

“We are proud to receive this recognition. It is a testament to the hard work of all our staff to ensure that the lights stay on for all our customers,” said Jason Bird, Superintendent of Electric Operations at RMU.

For more information on Rochelle Municipal Utilities and its commitment to reliability, visit www.rmu.net.

RMU is warning customers about a possible telephone scam. The phone calls appear to be part of a scam designed to obtain personal information and/or money from customers. The calls are not authorized by RMU.

In the reported instances, customers are told they are behind on their electric bill and must make a payment immediately to the caller or face disconnection of their electric service.

RMU is urging customers not to respond to these fake calls. Customers who have received such calls can report them to the Attorney General Office’s Consumer Fraud Hotline at 1-800-386-5438 or the RMU Customer Service office at 815-562-4155.

RMU wants to warn customers to be aware of these calls and suggests the following tips if such a call is received:

• Never reveal your credit card and/or bank information to anyone unless you are certain the contact is legitimate. Know who you are dealing with.
• If the caller insists you complete a transaction, hang up immediately. RMU representatives do not conduct business in this manner.

Crest Lane Water Main Break 11/24

Thursday, 24 November 2016

RMU crews have been dispatched to correct a water main break in the 1400 block of Crest Lane this morning. 

Superintendent of RMU Water/Water Reclamation Adam Lanning has announced that South Main Street from Veterans Parkway to Steam Plant Road has been reopened to through traffic effective immediately following the completion of the System 1 Sanitary Sewer Replacement project.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the RMU Customer Service office at 815-562-4155.

Hydrant Flushing Continues

Tuesday, 18 October 2016

Rochelle Municipal Utilities is continuing their monthly hydrant flushing project. The fire hydrants are opened and allowed to run in an effort to circulate water in the underground water mains. RMU Water Operators will be flushing hydrants today from 9:00 am until 3:00 pm in the center of town.

RMU reminds water service customers that they may experience some discoloration in the water supply for a short period of time following the work. We advise customers to open cold water faucets for several minutes until the water becomes clear to insure all of the discoloration has been removed. Customers are reminded not to launder clothing in water that has been discolored, since the clothing may become stained.

If you have any questions, please contact RMU Customer Service at 815-562-4155

Outage Report: 1/16-9/16

Wednesday, 5 October 2016

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Superintendent of RMU Water/Water Reclamation Adam Lanning has announced that South Main Street from Veterans Parkway to Steam Plant Road is closed to through traffic effective immediately in order to complete the System 1 Sanitary Sewer Replacement project. It is expected that the street will be opened back up by approximately October 12th. Motorists are urged to pay special attention to the advance warning signage, posted detour routes, road closure barricades and other temporary traffic control devices in this area.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the RMU Customer Service office at 815-562-4155.

Water Line Insurance Program Available

Thursday, 1 September 2016

RMU is partnering with Service Line Warranties to offer customers a new water line repair insurance program. The program covers costs of repairing water lines on the homeowner’s property.

While our community spends a significant amount of money each year to upgrade our water and sewer systems, these upgrades do not address the water line located on private property. Homeowners can be responsible for thousands of dollars in repair costs for a broken or leaking water line on their property.

The insurance program, offered through Service Line Warranties of America provides repair coverage for your outside water line.

Beginning the week of September 6, RMU customers will receive a letter and registration form with details and instructions via mail. Customers may contact Service Line Warranties with questions at 1-855-535-7141.

The boil order for residents in the 300, 400 and 500 blocks of North 12th Street has been lifted.

The RMU Water Department will be replacing a fire hydrant located on N 12th St on Thursday, August 4, weather permitting. The water in the 300, 400, and 500 blocks of N 12th St will be off from approximately 9:00 am until 3:00 pm. As a result, residents in this area will also be under a boil order until water samples are satisfactory.

For any questions regarding water service, please contact RMU Customer Service at 815-562-4155.

Woolf Court Boil Order Lifted

Thursday, 28 July 2016

The boil order for residents in teh 300, 400 and 500 blocks of Woolf Court has been lifted.

The RMU Water Department will be replacing a fire hydrant located at the corner of 6th Street and Wolf Court on Wednesday July 27, weather permitting. The water in the 300, 400, and 500 blocks of Wolf Court will be off from approximately 9:00AM to 3:00PM. As a result, residents in this area will also be under a boil order until water samples are satisfactory.

For any questions regarding water service, please contact RMU Customer Service at 815-562-4155.

NPDES Permit Renewal

Monday, 18 July 2016

The publicly owned wastewater treatment facility for Rochelle discharges treated wastewater to the Kyte River. This is legally allowable under the blanket of a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit and the permitting process is administered by the Illinois EPA. A NPDES permit specifies all of the conditions a wastewater facility must meet to discharge treated waste to a public water body. Rochelle is meeting all the conditions of the current NPDES permit. This permit must be renewed every 5 years and currently is up for renewal.

The process for renewing a permit starts with the municipality submitting an application outlining the operating data over the previous three years. The Illinois EPA reviews the application then issues a draft permit and is posted online for public comment for 30 days. After the 30 days if all interested parties agree to the conditions, they will issue a final draft for the wastewater facility to operate under.

Some key differences on this draft permit compared to the previous permit is the addition of a capacity management operations and maintenance plan followed by implementation. Submittal of a phosphorous optimization plan and implementation, a phosphorous feasibility study and more restrictive ammonia discharge limits. Meeting these new regulations will cost the treatment works time and money.

Nutrients in the waterways is a big debate in the Midwest down to the gulf of Mexico due to the negative impacts on the streams, rivers and eventually the Gulf. The new phosphorous regulations proposed on this draft I perceive as a precursor to a numeric discharge limit that would necessitate a treatment plant modification with project costs likely in the millions. The proposed plans on the current draft permit are unwarranted in my opinion since the Kyte River is not on a list of impaired streams issued by the Illinois EPA.

I anticipate the draft permit will be posted online July 15, 2016 at http://www.epa.illinois.gov/public-notices/npdes-notices/index.

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