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City of Joliet Alternative Water Supply Program

Delivering the preliminary engineering phase to implement a reliable water supply from Lake Michigan

  • $800M

    Infrastructure Value

  • 59M

    Transmission Main

  • 60MDG

    Pump Stations

  • Joliet, Illinois

    Joliet, Illinois

Replacing Joliet’s failing groundwater source by 2030

More than 385,000 people in the Joliet, Illinois area will need access to a new, reliable source of water by 2030 to replace the city’s failing current sources. After we supported initial alternative source screening and evaluation efforts, the City retained us to lead a team of consultants in the final evaluation of two water source alternatives which resulted in the choice of Lake Michigan via the City of Chicago.

As the program manager and prime design consultant for the preliminary engineering phase, we led a comprehensive program of development, engineering, coordination, financing, and outreach efforts to prepare for bringing in a new reliable supply of water from the lake.

Our team has achieved milestones that include negotiation of a preliminary water supply agreement with the City of Chicago, receipt of water allocation permits, substantial infrastructure funding, and state legislation updating elements of the statutes governing the creation and operation of water commissions in Illinois. We also helped obtain approval for up to $700 million of funding through the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) program.

At a Glance

  • City of Joliet
Meet Our Team

Joe Johnson, Vice President, Project Manager

I get a strong sense of satisfaction from working to meet our clients’ needs through the delivery of outstanding engineering solutions.
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Russ Snow, Senior Vice President, Conveyance

The greatest satisfaction in my career is delivering major water infrastructure projects and see—firsthand—the benefit that it brings to the public.
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Matt Travers, Senior Vice President, Water

I take great pride in knowing every project I have worked on has improved the quality of life for members of the communities we work in.

Amy Broughton, Principal, North America Funding Program, US West Lead

I want to hear about the context and issues before I start problem solving. Only then can we see the underlying patterns and opportunities.
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Joe Johnson

Vice President, Project Manager

Russ Snow

Senior Vice President, Conveyance

Matt Travers

Senior Vice President, Water

Amy Broughton

Principal, North America Funding Program, US West Lead

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