Village of Montgomery Gets the Lead Out

Firm: Engineering Enterprises, Inc.

Other Consultants:Consultants: Rubino Engineering, Inc., Go Above Board Environmental Inspection Dynamics LLC, Brandt Excavating, Inc., Illinois Environmental Protection Agency

Owner: Village of Montgomery

Description:In 2017, the Village President and the Village Trustees declared their vision to make the Village lead free and they directed EEI and Village Staff to make this vision a reality. The Village identified 106 lead services within its water distribution system and committed local funds to replacing the lead services from main to meter at no cost to the property owners.

Planning and community outreach began Fall, 2017 with resident notifications, community meetings, and in-home site assessments of each residence. In Spring, 2018, the Village of Montgomery was presented an opportunity to obtain up to $1 million in loan forgiveness from IEPA’s Public Water Supply Loan Program (PWSLP). The loan approval process added a year to the project schedule. The Village successfully secured the loan and became only the third community in Illinois to receive PWSLP funding for lead service line replacement.

Construction began in October 2019. Minimally invasive horizontal directional drilling was used to replace services for houses on slabs and with basements. Specialty equipment from Europe was purchased by the Contractor to attempt lead service extraction, but attempts were unsuccessful due the existing condition of the lead service. Despite a winter shut down and a four month delay due to COVID-19, the contractor installed the last service on August 28, 2020. The project was completed approximately two months ahead of schedule and $50,000 below the awarded contract value.

With EEI’s assistance the Village of Montgomery achieved 100% resident participation while addressing issues such as asbestos, construction waivers, home repairs, meter relocations, and working inside residences during a pandemic. The Village is proud to have achieved their goal of being lead free while maintaining the physical and financial wellbeing of its residents.

Village of Montgomery

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