Have all surrounding communities committed to joining the Regional Water Commission?

There are five communities still in the decision making process: Channahon, Lemont, Minooka, Romeoville and Shorewood.  Crest Hill and Joliet have officially formalized their decision to join the RWC at this point in time, while all other communities are in the process of finalizing their decisions to join the RWC. Each community has until the end of February 2022 to formalize their choice.

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1. Can we join the Regional Water Commission at a later date?
2. If the Village does not join the Regional Water Commission, what happens to the residents east of I-55 that currently receive water the Village purchases from Joliet?
3. What improvements would be made to the water system if the Village joins the Regional Water Commission (RWC)?
4. If the Village joins the Regional Water Commission, how is water allocated? Can that allocation amount be adjusted over time, or is it a limited amount?
5. In the event of a disruption in service from the Regional Water Commission, would the Village be able to use its existing wells for a water source?
6. What is the cost of joining the Regional Water Commission? What is the cost to use and treat Illinois River water?
7. What treatment and/or maintenance would the Village need to do on water from Lake Michigan?
8. Is there a possibility that experts are wrong on the timeline for the aquifers to be depleted?
9. Have all surrounding communities committed to joining the Regional Water Commission?
10. What will happen to the homes that are currently on wells?
11. If the Village joined the Regional Water Commission, when would we begin receiving Lake Michigan water? When would residents notice a change in their water rates?
12. What other advantages of using Lake Michigan as a water source are there?