Community Briefs

Palos Hills

Water watch

The Public Works Department is paying close attention to residents' water usage through water main inspections and sump pump inspections, and is exercising the water main valves throughout the water system to ensure proper functioning during a water emergency, according to Alderman Frank J. Williams (5th Ward).

The city's seasonal sump pump inspection program has already begun. Residents will be notified prior to inspections

"In an effort to reduce illegal sump pump to sanitary sewer connections, the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago mandated the city several years again to perform regular inspections," said Palos Hills Public Works Commissioner Dave Weakley.

In other water news, Palos Hills' water rate on Jan. 5 increased 25.3 cents per thousand gallons to $6.69. The city's water rate was $5.96 per thousand gallons in 2011.

- Kelly White