The Fox River Water Reclamation District (FRWRD) owns and operates three water reclamation facilities (WRFs): the Albin D. Pagorski WRF (ADP WRF), the North WRF, and the West WRF; 12 remote pump stations in the collection system; and one drinking water system. The WRFs provide wastewater treatment services to over 180,000 people within the communities of Elgin, South Elgin, West Dundee, portions of Sleepy Hollow, Streamwood, Hoffman Estates, unincorporated St. Charles Township, and surrounding areas in Kane and Cook Counties. Streamwood and Hoffman Estates are located in the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago (MWRDGC) Sub Facility Planning Area (FPA) within the Poplar Creek Watershed. FRWRD provides service to the Poplar Creek Watershed by contract with MWRDGC. West Dundee is a separate FPA with a portion of its wastewater treated by FRWRD via contract. Treated effluent from each of the WRFs is discharged to the Fox River.
The ADP WRF, North WRF and West WRF have design average rated capacities of 25 million gallons per day (mgd), 7.75 mgd and 5 mgd, respectively, which provides a total combined design capacity of 37.75 mgd for the three facilities. Wastewater tributary to the North WRF and West WRF is collected in separate sanitary sewers. The North WRF receives the before mentioned flow from West Dundee via a contract agreement. Wastewater tributary to the ADP WRF is collected in both separate and combined sanitary sewers and includes flow from the Poplar Creek drainage basin of the MWRDGC which is conveyed directly to the ADP WRF in a dedicated MWRDGC owned sewer. The ADP WRF serves as a regional biosolids facility, receiving the solids generated at the North WRF and the West WRF via the Southwest influent interceptor sewer. Biosolids are anaerobically digested, dewatered, stored and applied on farm land for beneficial reuse.
FRWRD provides drinking water services to residents in the Skyline area of Kane County with a drinking water plant, water tower, and water distribution system. Residents in the skyline area pay water and sewer bills directly to FRWRD whereas in all other areas, FRWRD services are billed on the local municipality’s water and sewer bill to residents.
As FRWRD provides service in both Kane and Cook Counties, FRWRD management is overseen by a Board of Trustees appointed by Illinois State Legislators from the FRWRD service area.