Water and Sewer Fund

Village of Northfield, IL FY2023-24 Approved Budget


The Village’s water system provides potable water through a pump station, a 1 million-gallon reservoir, and a system of transmission and distribution lines. The Public Works Department maintains the water infrastructure; monitors and maintains records on the use of water; and responds to the loss of service, low water pressure, water main breaks, and water usage questions. The Village receives its water from the Village of Winnetka and maintains secondary connections with the Villages of Glencoe and Glenview, in the event of an emergency.

The Public Works Department also maintains the sanitary sewer system including the care and upkeep of three lift stations, scheduled cleaning of manholes, and scheduled cleaning of sewer lines in accordance with regulations established by the Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago (WRDGC) and the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA).

Bond Status

In 2007, the Village issued $3.5 million in bonds to make substantial improvements to the water system. In 2015, the Village refunded $2,455,000 of the bonds at 2.32%. These bonds mature in 2027. The Village had planned in the rate structure to issue additional bonds to cover the next tranche of projects. Given the current very high-interest rates, those projects are proposed to be pushed out, and projects will be done on a "pay as you go" approach using fund reserves until the bond market becomes more favorable.

The budget also provides for the 2nd annual $170,000 payment to IDOT, for the water and sewer improvements that were completed with Willow Road. The Village was granted a 10-year, no-interest loan for this work.

Performance Indicators

Fiscal Year 2023-24 Highlights

  • The budget reflects a 5.4573% increase in the cost of procuring water from the Village of Winnetka. The Village is under a 30-year contract with Winnetka to purchase water and the annual increases are based on the CPI-U. That contract expires in 2033.
  • The budget assumes a 2.5% rate increase in the combined water/sewer rate, effective May 1. This increase is primarily needed due to the increase in the cost of water from Winnetka, cost of living increases for employees, and market increases in equipment. The 2.5% is the total increase for expenses - excluding capital. The water rate would go from $11.03/100 cubic feet to $11.30/100 cubic feet.
  • The capital plan for the water system improvements includes the following work: main replacement in the 1700 block of Mt. Pleasant, main replacement on Oak Tree Lane, valve replacements system-wide, and sandblasting/painting of fire hydrants for a total of $472,950 of work.
  • The capital plan for the sanitary system improvements includes the following work: MWRDGC mandated inflow and infiltration work and the sliplining of portions of Dickens and Wagner.
  • From an equipment standpoint, the budget includes funding for a new water main locator to undertake JULIE locates and the replacement of the sanitary lift station pumps at Longmeadow and the ejector pumps at Public Works/Fire-Rescue.

Water and Sewer Fund Expenses

Water and Sewer Revenue Expenses for Fund/Dept 08-00

Water and Sewer Fund Balance

Water & Sewer Rate Comparison