The City has begun a project to rehabilitate its sanitary sewers. This project aims to eliminate groundwater infiltration into sanitary sewers, which will help minimize sewer backups. It is a multi-year program designed to reinvest, rehabilitate and renew the sewer system.
Public Works staff closely monitors the weather and is ready to respond around the clock. The City maintains approximately 171 miles of main and secondary roads, alleys, side streets, parking lots and cul-de-sacs within City limits. But not all roads are the City’s responsibility to clear. Generally, our crews plow the downtown area and most City-owned streets. However, some roads are maintained by St. Charles Township, or State or County Departments of Transportation.
We already experienced severe winter weather this season in which ice and snow brought down tree limbs on power lines. Remember, if you see a downed line, stay away. Always assume that the line is energized, even if it doesn’t appear to be. If you see a downed or sagging utility line, report it to Public Works 630-377-4405.
While Public Works is busy completing concrete and asphalt projects, tree planting, hydrant flushing and street sweeping, winter preparations also are underway.
Careful planning and scheduling are just part of what we do in advance of winter to prepare for snow and ice removal during the winter months.
In past winters, road salt has been in high demand in our area. Taking a sensible approach to salting the roads is important both economically and environmentally. Using salt efficiently reduces costs. Less salt on the roadway also means less runoff into the Fox River and less absorption into the ground.
Our Public Works Department uses both brine and salt to keep St. Charles roads free of ice and to assist the plows in clearing the snow.
The 1.5-million gallon Red Gate Water Tower at IL 25 and Red Gate Road that was completed October 2016 has been named “Elevated Tank of the Year” by the Steel Plate Institute/Steel Plate Fabricator Association. With help from their consulting engineer, the City selected all-welded steel construction over other materials for its winter weather durability and enhanced aesthetics. The tank design, with nearly 1.5” thick steel, had to support the 12,495,000 pounds of water when full.
Why does the City perform hydrant flushing?
Hydrant flushing is the quick release of water from fire hydrants. It’s a controlled procedure that is vital to the general maintenance of the City’s water distribution system. It ensures adequate water flow is available to fire fighters, residents and businesses. It also helps maintain the City’s water clarity and quality by clearing iron and mineral deposits from the water mains (distribution pipes).
What are the effects of hydrant flushing?