Utility Division

The Utility Division has 10 employees and is responsible for operating and maintaining the Village’s water distribution system and sanitary sewer conveyance system.  The water distribution system includes 182 miles of water main, four elevated storage tanks, one ground level reservoir, three pumping stations, and two backup wells.  The Utility Division staff is also responsible for maintaining 2,517 fire hydrants, 2,251 valves, and over 9,681 water meters.  The sanitary sewer system includes 140 miles of sanitary sewer main and eight sanitary sewer pump stations. Sanitary sewage treatment is provided by North Shore Water Reclamation District at its Gurnee treatment facility.  The division also assists the Community Development Department and the Engineering Division in plan review of all underground utilities and final inspections of projects.

Utility Locating

Apr 26, 2017, 13:43 PM
The Village of Gurnee became an active member of J.U.L.I.E. (Joint Utility Locating Information for Excavators) in 1991. Since then, Public Works has the responsibility for locating Village-owned and maintained underground utilities such as water, sanitary, and storm sewer lines, as required by State Law.  The J.U.L.I.E. locate service is free to any homeowner, contractor, and/or excavator and is performed by the Public Works Department.
In order to perform this service, Public Works utilizes the latest underground piping locating equipment, a user-friendly interactive online mapping system, and a specialized software program. 
Public Works employees are available to respond to any J.U.L.I.E. locate request during normal business hours and for all after hour emergency locate requests 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and 365 days a year. The employees respond to all emergency locate requests from a natural gas leak to a late night water or sewer repair. Public Works makes every effort to accurately dispatch, locate, and document each and every J.U.L.I.E. locate request.
For more information on the J.U.L.I.E. service, please visit their website: www.illinois1call.com.