Rochelle 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.
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.
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.