Voluntary Water Sampling Program | Central Avenue Residents

Central Avenue residents were sent the following letter on July 22, 2020 regarding the Voluntary Water Sampling program being offered free of charge to all residential properties located on Central Avenue in the Village.

If you have additional questions, please join us at the Pre-Construction Open House on Thursday, July 30th on the Village Green between 5:00 and 6:30 pm.

Download a PDF of the July 22, 2020 letter.

Dear Central Avenue Resident,

The purpose of this letter is to provide additional information regarding the Central Avenue Reconstruction Project and the Voluntary Water Sampling program being offered free of charge to all residential properties located on Central Avenue in the Village. We have provided answers to commonly asked questions below.

Village staff will also be available to answer questions at the resident Open House on Thursday, July 30 from 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm. on the Village Green in front of Village Hall. If you are able to attend, please RSVP with Public Works by calling 847-853-7500 or emailing pubworks@wilmette.com. Face coverings and social distancing will be required.

Q: When will construction begin?
A: On August 15th, A. Lamp (the general contractor), will begin replacing the water main along Central Avenue from Green Bay Road to Sheridan Road. Work is anticipated to be completed from west to east, therefore, work will begin later in the year the closer you live to Sheridan Road.

Q: When will construction be completed?
A: Water main work is scheduled to be completed in November 2020. The project will then be shut down for the winter. Roadwork will begin in March 2021 and anticipated to be completed by September 2021.

Q: What traffic and parking impacts can I expect?
A: This fall, traffic on Central Avenue will be limited to one-way in the westbound direction while the water main is being installed. Two-way traffic will resume during the winter shutdown. Street parking will be intermittently disrupted by construction.

Q: Will I have access to my driveway?
A: In general, you will have access to your driveway this fall, however there may be temporary disruptions during certain construction activities. The construction team will provide advanced notice when your driveway access is impacted by construction.

Q: Will garbage collection be impacted?
A: Advanced Disposal will be collecting your refuse, recycling and yard waste/compost early in the morning (before 7:00 AM) to avoid conflicts with the construction crews, so please put your toters out Thursday night.

Q: Why is water sampling being offered?
A: The water main on your street is being replaced as part of the Central Avenue and Downtown Streetscape Project. The Village is offering voluntary pre- and post-construction water sampling at no charge to all residential properties that will be impacted by the construction. The purpose of the pre-construction sampling is to determine if lead is present and establish a baseline level for your home. The post-construction sample results will be compared with the earlier results to determine if continued use of the Brita filter pitcher and flushing is needed (discussed below).

Q: Why is the Village providing Brita pitchers?
A: As a precautionary measure, the Village will provide each home on Central Avenue with a free water pitcher and filter cartridge set. There is no special sign up for this program. The filters are certified to reduce impurities from drinking water, including lead. Residents are encouraged to use this water pitcher for drinking and cooking. You can pick up your pitcher at the June 30th Open House. If you are unable to attend the Open House, your pitcher will be delivered to your home between August 1st and August 15th.

Q: I’m interested! What do I need to do?
A: Contact the Public Works Department at pubworks@wilmette.com or 847-853-7500 by July 30 to participate in the voluntary sampling.

Q: When/how will I get my sampling kits?
A: If you choose to participate, your pre-construction sampling kit will be delivered to your home by Village staff between August 1st and August 15th. Your post-construction sampling kit will be delivered to your home by Village staff the day before your water service line is connected to the new water main.

Q: What if I don’t sign up initially, can I sign up for the testing after the work starts?
A: Yes, but with no baseline results to compare to, the sampling will only show the levels detected at that time.

Q: When/how should I take the water samples?
A: Detailed instructions for taking the water sample will be sent with the testing kit. The pre-construction water sample needs to be taken any time before construction begins on August 15th. The post-construction sample must be taken 72 hours after the contractor connects your existing water service to the new water main.

Q: How will I know when my home is connected to the new water main?
A: Village staff will deliver a post-construction sampling kit to your home the day before your existing water service is connected to the new water main. The sample will need to be taken within 72 hours of the changeover.

Q: When/how will I get the results of my tests?
A: The tests will be completed by an outside contractor. Lab results are typically provided to the Village within two weeks of sampling. The results will be mailed to each property within one week of the Village receiving the sampling results.

Q: What if my water sample(s) test high for lead?
A: If your water sample tests high for lead, you are encouraged to continue using the Brita pitcher provided by the Village for drinking and cooking water. In addition, flushing instructions will be sent to your home or emailed, and your water will be retested in 30 days.

Q: Who can I contact if I have more questions about the sampling program?
A: Contact Public Works at pubworks@wilmette.com or 847-853-7500.

Q: How can I stay informed about the project?
A: Sign up for the Village’s email list (E-News) at www.wilmette.com. Be sure to check the box for “Central Avenue Project Updates.”

Kindest Regards,

Brigitte Berger-Raish, P.E.
Director of Engineering and Public Works

Dan Manis, P.E.
Village Engineer