A consultant talked up the benefits of buying water from Evanston at a Park Ridge City Council meeting Monday night.
The Chicago Tribune reports that attorney Robert Hamilton of the civil engineering firm Gewalt Hamilton Associates told aldermen that Park Ridge could save $125 million over 30 years buying water from Evanston rather than continuing to get its water from Chicago.
Park Ridge is considering cooperating with Niles and Morton Grove to build a joint supply line from Evanston.
Evanston officials believe they can substantially undercut Chicago’s rates while still making a profit for Evanston.
The consultants are to make similar presentations to the village boards in Niles and Morton Grove later this month.
The high cost of laying the new water line — estimated at $200 million or more — is the main deterrent to moving forward with the plan.