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.

F.O.G. (Fats, Oils and Grease) Program

Apr 26, 2017, 13:41 PM
The Fats, Oils, and Grease (F.O.G.) program is designed to keep Gurnee’s sanitary sewer pipes clean and reduce the number of back ups. This is accomplished through the use of grease interceptors. A grease interceptor is required on any carwash facility and any facility which processes, sells, or serves food.  
The Utility Division currently maintains a database of all grease interceptors within the Village. This database contains the business information, maintenance, and/or repairs made to the interceptors. The Utility Division performs visual inspections of the interceptors throughout the year to ensure they are operating and functioning properly. There are well over 100 grease interceptors within the Village inventoried in the F.O.G. program.