Monthly water billing will allow our customers to better plan and budget for this ongoing expense, identify leaks within their systems more quickly, and more accurately track water usage on a monthly basis. The new monthly billing cycle has not affected water rates, but please be aware that the standard, annual 4% water rate increase was put into place in October.
As part of the billing system update, and in order to more effectively utilize Water Division staff time, the Village has eliminated the red tag procedure utilized in the past to notify customers of past due bills. Beginning immediately, customers will be notified through registered mail about accounts nearing disconnection due to unpaid outstanding balances.
Wauconda Lake Michigan Water Referendum, Nov. 6
On Tuesday, November 6th, Wauconda residents voted in favor of making Lake Michigan water the community’s primary source of drinking water, switching away from ground water wells. According to the Lake County Clerk’s unofficial results, with all 11 precincts reporting, the vote was 65 percent (3,390 votes) in favor, with 35 percent (1,799 votes) against. “The approval sends a strong message to the region that Wauconda is a dynamic player in economic development,” said Mayor Mark Knigge. “The voters have given us a remarkable trust factor,” said Knigge. “It’s a statement on how our quality of life in the Village should be.” Work began in 2007 to investigate alternative water sources for the Village and in 2011 the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) approved Wauconda’s request for an allocation of Lake Michigan water. “The voters saw the value of making Lake Michigan Water our primary source of drinking water,” said Knigge. “Their decision to secure this vital resource will benefit the Wauconda community for many generations to come.”