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Joliet removing disputed cost estimates from water report

Joliet is removing disputed cost estimates from its report on future water options.

The Draft Phase II Study Report that included the numbers contested by the DuPage Water Commission has been removed from the city’s website.

Public Utilities Director Allison Swisher said the revised report will be posted on the Rethink Water Joliet website again once the cost estimates applied to the DuPage Water Commissioner are removed.

The DuPage Water Commission initially asked Joliet to remove the cost estimated Nov. 25, contending then that they exaggerated the potential cost of getting water from the agency by at least $100 million.

Swisher said the numbers are being removed because of an email on Wednesday from the commission indicating it “does not want to be considered as an alternative water source supplier for the city of Joliet.”

Cost estimates for the DuPage Water Commission, which supplies Lake Michigan water to suburban communities, and Aqua Illinois, which supplies Kankakee River water to municipalities, were included in the study, although neither agency responded to a formal Request for Information that was used in compiling the cost estimates.

Swisher told the City Council on Tuesday that the numbers were included because both agencies were still considered potential suppliers, and the estimates would be used for cost comparisons with Joliet’s other options.

The Aqua Illinois numbers apparently will remain in the revised report.

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