A Peek Into Production


In the last few years, Hammond has become a major player in the wholesaler water business, having expanded its scope into the southeast suburbs as a competitor and alternative to Chicago. Hammond also sells to the Illinois communities of Lansing, Calumet City, Chicago Heights and other nearby communities. The Hammond option is more expensive upfront and would require Joliet to have to treat the water. But the plus side is that option would supply raw water that Joliet could sell to certain surrounding suburbs and look at this now nearby cities in Will County, and give Joliet more control over rates and implementation.  "We think the Hammond alternative puts Joliet in a much better control of their long-term water future," Kevin Smith, Hammond city attorney, told The Times.  It was not immediately known how Joliet residential water rates would be impacted with either proposal.  “In the Chicago proposal, they’re trying to say, ‘Hey, we’re going to treat you like a wholesaler. We’re going to give you a better rate, but I don’t see that rate being anywhere near economical for the folks in Joliet,” Smith said on the podcast show. McDermott and Lightfoot are expected to present their offers at the Joliet City Council’s Dec. 17 meeting, perhaps through a livestream or virtual setting. “We’re competing for Joliet’s business,” McDermott said. For years, Hammond has charged Illinois municipalities at 88% of the rate the city of Chicago charges, save for Chicago Heights, where the rate was based on the consumer price index per a 2018 contract. “The thing about Joliet’s situation is the same reason why we have so many customers on the South Side of Chicago for the Hammond Water Co.

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