Water Plant Intake Pipe Cleaning Complete

WorkZoneDiagram2Update as of 3 p.m., August 24: Work on the Water Plant intake pipe is now complete. Water at Glencoe Beach is now open to all activities. Crews will continue to deconstruct the equipment over the course of the next week. Thank you for your patience throughout this process.


During the week of July 31, a biennial inspection of the Village’s water intake pipe in Lake Michigan revealed an excessive build-up of sand and sediment. While this does not compromise the quality of water in the Village’s water supply, as any sand and sediment is removed during the water treatment process, it is necessary to perform a comprehensive cleaning of the intake pipe to remove the sand and sediment material to ensure adequate water flow into the Glencoe Water Plant.

The Village has contracted with Northern Divers USA, Inc. of Spring Grove, Illinois to begin this process starting Monday, August 21 and continuing through Thursday, August 24. Work is now complete.

This pipe is the primary source of water to the Glencoe Water Plant and the cleaning will ensure that the flow of water to the plant is sufficient for the community’s needs. Due to its size (it is a 24-inch water intake pipe and extends 3,300 feet out into Lake Michigan), the cleaning will require the use of seven diesel engine pumps operating continuously over a period of several days to flush out the sand and sediment.

These pumps will be located just south of the Glencoe Water Plant, operating from the morning of Monday, August 21 until the cleaning is finished sometime on Thursday, August 24. For the safety of our residents and Glencoe Beach patrons, the water will be closed Monday, August 21-Thursday, August 24 due to the dangerous undercurrent that the pumps will create in the work zone near the beach. No swimming, sailing or kayaking near Glencoe Beach will be permitted. Additionally, pedestrian access to the beach from Wednesday, August 16 through Friday, August 18 will be limited to Park Avenue only, as Hazel Avenue will be used for staging and deliveries.

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 The Village appreciates your understanding and cooperation as we prepare to complete this important maintenance work for the Glencoe Water Utility.