New Chicago kicks off water upgrades
New Chicago launched its water system improvement project Saturday morning with a groundbreaking ceremony near the water tower on Cleveland Avenue. The first phase of the project represents a $6 million effort to upgrade the town's aging water distribution system. It includes rehabilitating and replacing more than five miles of new water mains, services, valves and fire hydrants. The project also includes a new metering vault and new connection to the town's water supplier and the upgrade of existing telemetering and control equipment. The project is expected to be completed in about 470 days, said project engineer Jeffrey R. Ban.