Village of Monee- Department of Public Works
The Village of Monee’s Public Works Department takes pride in serving your daily living needs. The department diligently manages a variety of areas which are vital to having a clean, safe and thriving community The Public Works Department consists of four Divisions– Road and Bridge, Public Facilities Maintenance, Water Quality Control & Mechanical Maintenance. There are 8 full‐time employees who implement, deliver, operate and maintain the Village’s infrastructure systems. Road and Bridge services include routinely plowing, salting, patching, sweeping, repairing, signing and managing the Village roads & bridges to protect the public and maintain an efficient transportation infrastructure for the Village’s residents and businesses. The Public Works Department also maintains the Village’s retention/detention ponds, parks, wetlands, forestry and other various infrastructure projects and public property along with performing storm clean-up, mosquito control, streetlight maintenance and managing village parkway trees. Additional responsibilities also include the operation and delivery of the Village’ drinking water, sewer and storm drain systems. It is also the department’s responsibility to maintain public buildings, parks, public landscaping. Public Works often helps with assisting the Parks and Recreations Department in providing wholesome activities for youth and families. Maintaining safe public facilities and systems are integral to a livable community which create and deliver an array of educational and cultural programs as part of enriching the quality of life in Monee and strengthening the sense of community. Positive programs and activities combined with well-maintained parks and clean drinking water makes Monee a very desirable community in which to live.
For more information on Public Works Services, please call (708) 534-0205 M-F 7am-3pm.
The winter snow can offer ample opportunities for recreational activities but many of us see it as a tiresome chore that rarely comes at a convenient time. This further complicated by the village’s commitment to keeping the streets as clear and safe as possible. With a little insight and useful tips you can minimize the frustrations and focus on staying warm (or enjoying the recreational aspects of winter).
The task of cleaning village streets is no easy task and requires strategic coordination in order to:
- Keep the main roads for emergency vehicles
- Clear subdivisions streets (especially the naturally problematic cul-de-sac)
- Supplement state and county maintained routes
- Work around residents that leave cars on streets or throw snow onto the streets is an issue of public safety, contributes to unnecessary delays and costs to all taxpayers. (These are violations of local ordinances)
- Minimize overtime and overworking of our public workers and equipment (which is complicated by prolonged snow fall, drifting and sub -zero temperatures).
When cleaning your driveway:
- Since the wind is typically out of the west, avoiding placing your snow to west side of your drive will minimize potential drifting in your drive.
- Do not shovel snow onto the street. Actually clearing the snow along the curb up the street will reduce the snow being pushed by the plow and minimize the amount deposited at end of your driveway.
- Your mail carrier will also appreciate if you keep your mailbox accessible.
Avoid walking on the streets. With the snowy conditions, vehicles and especially plows have inherently limited visibility and pedestrians in the street are just encouraging needless hazards.
Freezing Water Lines;
To protect your water lines from freezing:
- Seal cracks in doors, windows and foundations. Small openings concentrate cold air creating a cold zone that can quickly freeze pipes.
- Allow cold water to drip through faucets. Running or dripping water can help prevent water lines from freezing however; even running water can freeze in sub-zero temperatures.
- Consider installing water pipe insulation. Local building supply stores carry a number of products designed specifically for this purpose.
Hydrant Flushing 2016;
Beginning in the Spring of 2016, the Village of Monee will be continuing our modified water main flushing program. As our community has grown, and our infrastructure has aged, it has become apparent that our previous flushing schedule had become outdated and ineffective. Our previous schedule, one day a month from April through October, only provided us with enough time to effectively flush about 20% of our total distribution system. Our new schedule, will allow us to flush 100% of our distribution system. We will be performing a system wide flush to ensure that all areas of Monee have the best quality water and fire protection possible. While we realize that flushing water mains can be an inconvenience at times, the benefits such as improved water quality and fire protection far outweigh the inconvenience experienced by our residents. The details of our new flushing schedule are as follows:
- Water mains will be flushed beginning the week of May 2. Operations will commence at 7am daily, and will normally end at 3pm. Flushing may, however, continue to as late as 7pm as circumstances warrant.
- Water main flushing will continue every weekday until we have flushed our entire distribution system. We estimate that the entire process will take 3-4 weeks to complete.
- We will begin flushing at the nearest point to our water source, which is our 50,000 gallon elevated water tank on South Chestnut Road. From there we will fan out to the east, south, and north all the way to the far reaches of our system. At that point we will return to the tank on Chestnut, fan out to the west, and repeat the process.
- Areas scheduled for flushing will have signs posted at least 24 hours in advance to inform residents.
Water main flushing can and does stir up sediment that has collected in the system, as it is intended. Depending on a number of factors, a water main may take a matter of minutes to run clear, and sometimes can be a matter of hours. Mains are flushed continuously until the water runs clear, therefore it is difficult to establish an accurate timeline not only for completion, but for informing residents of exactly when their area will be flushed. Signs will be posted prior to flushing in specific areas as we approach them during the process.
The following is our estimated timeline for water main flushing. Please note that this schedule is an estimate and is subject to change without notice, and may be affected by inclement weather and/or emergencies.
Any questions regarding water main flushing can be directed to the Village of Monee Public Works Department at 708-534-0205.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS :
Q: What is Water Main Flushing?
A: Water main flushing is the process of cleaning or “scouring” the interior of water distribution mains by sending a rapid flow of water through the mains. Distribution mains convey water to homes, businesses and hydrants in your neighborhood. Our distribution mains are supplied with water by larger transmission lines, pump stations, and storage tanks.
Q: Why does the water system need to be routinely flushed?
A: The city’s water distribution system is a complex network of pipes and storage reservoirs where sediment or deposits may naturally accumulate over time. If not removed, these materials may cause water quality deterioration, taste and odor problems, or discoloration of the water. Water may also stagnate in lesser used parts of the distribution system. This can result in degraded water quality. Another benefit is that we have the opportunity to operate our hydrants, then identify and repair any problems that we discover. Ensuring that all fire hydrants are operating properly saves the fire department precious minutes when responding to an emergency. Finally, pressure, flow rates, and disinfectant levels are monitored and recorded during the flushing process which provides us valuable data used to determine the overall health of our drinking water system.
Q: What should I do if I encounter discolored water?
A: If the tap water is used during or after flushing, it could come out full of sediment and discoloration. If you encounter discolored water, shut the water off and wait several minutes. After waiting, check the clarity by running cold water for a few minutes allowing new water to work its way into your pipes. If not, wait a few more minutes and check again. In some cases, you may experience slight discoloration for a few hours. This discoloration only affects the appearance of the water; it does not affect overall water quality.
Q: Is the discolored water harmful?
A: No, it is not. The yellow, orange, and occasionally red discoloration of tap water during and after flushing is the result of iron deposits being stirred up and removed from the system. Soluble iron is a normal characteristic in ground (well) water, which when mixed with disinfectants such as chlorine, oxidizes and becomes visible in water. Iron is also introduced by the reaction between the water itself and the iron water mains that make up the distribution system. The iron, whether visible or not, is not harmful. It can, however, affect the appearance and taste of drinking water.
Note: It is advisable to avoid doing laundry on days when water mains are being flushed in your area. If your laundry does become stained, DO NOT USE BLEACH AND DO NOT PUT YOUR LAUNDRY IN THE DRYER. Rewash clothes immediately using more detergent or a heavy duty detergent and add a rust remover. Most rust removers can also be used on stained fixtures.
Cloudy Tap Water
Commonly in the winter, people notice that drinking water appears cloudy. Milky water, also commonly described as cloudy, hazy, soapy, or foamy, is almost always caused by air in the water.
When Choosing a Plumber
The Village does not endorse any specific plumbing company. An important guideline to follow when choosing a plumber is that a qualified plumber needs to be licensed and Bonded with the Department of Public Health, have a copy of the 055 license and provide a letter of intent to the Village of Monee before starting any repairs. For a listing of plumbers in the Monee area, visit our business directory or contact the Monee Building Department at (708) 534-8635 to verify these procedures have been followed.
Sewer Back-up Information
Residents should notify the Village of Monee Public Works Department at (708) 534-0205 between the hours of 7am-3pm M-F before calling a plumber, anytime they experience a sewer back up. After hours dispatched call can be made at (708) 672-1564
Drainage problems and standing water on public property should be reported to the Village’s Department of Public Works at (708) 534-0205 or by submitting your concern electronically by clicking the envelope under the Superintendent’s picture.