Well #6

In order to be compliant with EPA requirements, more than one well must be available to meet our village water requirements.  We currently only have one working Well, Well #5. The current back-up well is limited on output and not compliant. Well #6 began in 2016 and the Village has applied for and has project approval for an Illinois EPA loan to complete Well #6. The new well house will contain a filtering system for multiple contaminants and water quality, including rust and iron.  This well house will be compatible to surrounding communities who have also had to meet current EPA guidelines for new wells.

Water Main Looping

Also included in the IL EPA loan is system improvements for water mains: looping North Illini Street, looping South Shabbona Road/Preserve Road to sewer plant, and increasing size of the water main on West Navaho Avenue. This work is being done to increase water flow to meet requirements for water pressure and fire flow.

il epa public water supply loan program

The Illinois EPA provides low interest loans through the State Revolving Fund (SRF), which includes the Public Water Supply Loan Program for drinking water projects.  The Village of Shabbona has applied for this loan in order to get compliant with having two compliant working wells and to increase some water mains to meet requirements for water pressure and fire flow.

Multiple discussions were had by the Village Board at monthly meetings regarding Well #6/water looping and IL EPA loan and are available for public record in monthly meeting minutes. Discussion most often found under Engineering. Click on date for link to the minutes and/or documents:

June 22, 2017 Board as Whole Well #6

June 26, 2017

February 26, 2018

April 23, 2018

May 21, 2018

June 25, 2018

July 23, 2018

August 27, 2018

September 24, 2018

October 22, 2018 - IL EPA loan and repayment

November 26, 2018 - project plan and IL EPA loan

December 17, 2018 - loan application submitted, loan amount details

March 25, 2019

April 3, 2019 – Project Summary and Notice of Categorical Exclusion from Detailed Environmental Review published in DeKalb Daily Chronicle, beginning of 10 day public review period

April 22, 2019

May 8, 2019 project plan approval from IL EPA

May 20, 2019

July 22, 2019

September 23, 2019 - Ordinance 2019-09-23(B) Agreement to borrow from IL EPA Public Water Supply Loan Program approved by Village Board

September 27, 2019 – Ordinance 2019-09-23(B) published in DeKalb Daily Chronicle

sludge removal & aeration system


Sludge removal at Sewer Plant was completed in August 2019. In 2008 growth of village and surrounding area declined, and while our waste treatment was designed to encompass future growth it has reached a saturation point and requires cleaning out and refurbishment of the Aeration system. Following EPA guidelines, the company awarded the contract for sludge removal will be applying as fertilizer to fields in Illinois. Aeration system refurbishment work will be done Fall 2019.