June 6, 2004


     The Indian Creek Homeowner's Water Association (ICHWA) complies with all state and federal testing requirements. The purpose of this report is not only to comply with Illinois statute but, more important, to help you, the owners and users of Indian Creek water, make informed decisions about your water system. It summarizes the testing of the quality of water in 2003 and offers sources for more complete information about the source of your water and other information pertinent to water consumers.


Boil Orders

     In 2003 we had one boil order. This order was issued because we had a complete interior and exterior examination of the tower conducted under the supervision of the Farnsworth Group.  A boil order does not imply that there is a safety issue with your water system.  Anytime that some part of the system is opened to the outside environment, such as to replace a valve or a meter, we must issue a boil order until the output can be tested.


System Inspection Report (Link to complete inspection report from the Farnsworth Group)

     Briefly, the inspection showed that the tank is in good shape.  There are some isolated failures in the interior wet areas of the tank but these are well protected.   The overall condition of the interior dry area is very good.  The exterior overcoat, applied seven years ago, is holding up well.  The tank should be monitored for the next three to five years.  The report concludes with possible maintenance procedures and costs. 


System Improvements/Maintenance

     The piping and valves inside the tower were sand-blasted and painted.  The rusted electrical box was replaced.  A new chlorine pump was purchased and installed. 


Water tower interior pluming before painting

Water tower interior pluming before painting.


Water tower electrical box before replacement.

Water tower electrical box before replacement.

Water tower interior pluming after painting.

Water tower interior pluming after painting.

Water tower electrical box after replacement.

Water tower electrical box after replacement.



Board/Association Business

     ICHWA has become a member of JULIE, the non-profit organization that notifies all member underground utilities of impending construction.  Because water lines are underground, it is possible that a project of a homeowner might damage the water lines. As a JULIE member, we receive the same notification as the other utilities and mark our lines thus shifting the liability should damage occur.  The water line is marked from the shutoff to the edge of the property.  The lines from the shutoff to the home are the responsibility of the homeowner.


Shutoff Location

     A new project is to confirm the location of the water shut-offs for all homes in Indian Creek.  This is a major undertaking because most have been covered by landscaping and are difficult to locate even with sensitive metal detectors.  If you know where your shut-off valve is located, please inform Tim Mogill (728-2048, so that it can be permanently marked.



     We were again commended for “achieving the highest standard of compliance with the Illinois Fluoridation Act”.   We remain on reduced lead/copper monitoring.  All vulnerability wavers have been extended.  No water quality violations were recorded for our facility based on extensive water quality testing.


Test Data

     No drinking water quality violations were recorded during 2003.  For the complete assessment of our test data, see this link: Illinois State EPA Assessment for 2003.  For general information see the Illinois State EPA web site.


Water Usage

     In 2003 we used a total of 8, 858, 600 gallons of water, an increase of 83,710 gallons (0.9%) from the previous year.  Monthly usage was highest in August at

1, 137,600 gallons, lowest in February at 577, 700 gallons. 



     Further information about the Indian Creek water is available at the Indian Creek web site water information page.

Major decisions affecting the water system are made at Homeowner's Association meetings. Please attend!


Professional System Operator

The Indian Creek Homeowner's water association is particularly indebted to Mr. Frank Cottrell, the professional operator of our water system, for maintaining our system and aiding in the preparation of this report.