Combined sewer systems are sewers that are designed to collect rainwater runoff, domestic sewage, and industrial wastewater in the same pipe. Most of the time, combined sewer systems transport all of their wastewater to a sewage treatment plant, where it is treated and then discharged to a water body. During periods of heavy rainfall or snowmelt, however, the wastewater volume in a combined sewer system can exceed the capacity of the sewer system or treatment plant.
For this reason, combined sewer systems are designed to overflow occasionally and discharge excess wastewater directly to nearby streams, rivers, or other water bodies. These overflows, called combined sewer overflows (CSOs), contain not only stormwater but also untreated human and industrial waste, toxic materials, and debris.
During overflow events, contact with surface water in these areas should be avoided as much as possible. For more information, please contact Public Works at (630) 834-8505 for more information.
CSO Monitoring, Reporting, and Notification Requirements
The Village monitors the frequency of discharge events per month as well as the duration of each event. Estimates of total rainfall and the duration of a rain event are also reported.