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The County of DuPage
Wheaton, Illinois

Press Release

Contact Information: Joan Olson (630) 407-6015 or Evan Shields (630) 407-6022

Monday, July 15, 2019

DuPage County Dissolves Seventh Unit of Local Government

On Monday morning, DuPage County Judge Bonnie Wheaton signed an order dissolving the Highland Hills Sanitary District, the seventh unit of government dissolved by DuPage County.

Highland Hills provided service to 529 residential and business properties in both incorporated and unincorporated Lombard. DuPage County provides water to the residents, and the Flagg Creek Water Reclamation District provides sewer collection and treatment services.

“This is truly a win-win for the residents: They receive a higher-quality water, with improved levels of service, all for a lower cost,” said County Board Chairman Dan Cronin. “Our goal when dissolving units of government is only to do so when it makes sense and provides services in the most effective and cost-efficient manner possible. I would like to thank our Public Works staff for making the transition to Lake Michigan water a smooth process for the residents.”

Highland Hills customers faced significant rate increases after a recent study estimated $1.1 million in sewer system repairs were needed. In 2016, DuPage County staff surveyed residents on proposals to address water and sewer system services, including the option to receive Lake Michigan water from the County at a more cost-effective rate than they currently received. Residents voted to receive Lake Michigan water by a margin of more than 5-to-1.

Highland Hills is the seventh unit of local government to be dissolved under the County’s Accountability, Consolidation, and Transparency (ACT) Initiative. The others were the Timberlake Estates Sanitary District, Fairview Fire Protection District, DuPage Fair and Exposition Authority, Century Hill Street Lighting District, DuPage Election Commission, and North Westmont Fire Protection District.