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Evanston gets another customer for its water

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Votes by the four member communities of the Northwest Water Commission Monday night have cleared the way for Evanston to start delivering water to Des Plaines, a deal expected to generate an additional $500,000 in annual net revenue to Evanston.

The 20-year agreement calls for water to be provided through the existing pipeline to the Northwest Water Commission and Evanston officials say the city will not have to add any infrastructure at the water plant to provide what's expected to be up to an additional five million gallons a day of water.

Des Plaines will become a customer, but not a member, of the water commission, which is controlled by Arlington Heights, Buffalo Grove, Palatine and Wheeling.

Adding a connection between the water commission's facility, which is located in in Des Plaines, and the Des Plaines water system is expected to be complete sometime next year.

The City of Des Plaines and the board of the water commission have already approved the agreement.

Evanston has seen an opportunity to generate additional revenue for its water system by expanding service to additional communities in the wake of a decision by the City of Chicago, which serves most suburban towns, to dramatically raise the rates it charges for water.

Des Plaines is the first new customer to have reached the final approval stage, although City Manager Wally Bobkiewicz, at the Rules Committee meeting Monday night, that talks resumed last month with Lincolnwood and that three other towns — Niles, Morton Grove and Park Ridge — have hired a consultant to determine whether to move forward with the option of buying water from Evanston.

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