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Posted on: January 26, 2023

Village of Fox Lake receives APWA project of the year award; second year in a row

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Village of Fox Lake receives APWA project of the year award; second year in a row

Fox Lake, Ill. (Jan. 26, 2023) –The Village of Fox Lake was named a recipient of the project of the year award from the American Public Works Association (APWA) Chicago Metro Lake Branch Chapter. This is the second consecutive year the village received this prestigious award.  

This $20.7 million project included approximately 1.5 miles of force main, 1.9 miles of gravity sewer, 3.2 miles of water main, the construction of two new pump stations, and pumping capacity upgrades to an existing station. The objective was to connect two separate utility service areas, north and south, that were bisected by the Chain O'Lakes.

The Water and Sewer Interconnect Project was submitted to APWA in early December, in the $5 to $25 million environmental category. In 2014, the village embarked on a master plan to evaluate the feasibility and costs of interconnecting the north and south systems versus maintaining two separate utility systems. With interconnection being the most cost-effective, reliable and flexible option, the village moved forward with construction in the fall of 2019. The project was successfully completed on time and within budget in the spring of 2022, allowing the village to improve upon aging water and sewer infrastructure.

Village staff and elected officials including Mayor Donny Schmit, Administrator Deb Waszak, and Director of Public Works Kealan Noonan, attended the 2023 Lake Branch awards luncheon on Jan. 17, along with members from the village’s engineering firm, Trotter & Associates, to accept the award. 

“One of the main benefits of this project was protecting the environment. It will also provide our residents with a sustainable sewer and water system,” said Mayor Schmit. “In addition, by combining two sewer and water systems into one, it will reduce costs for generations to come. It also increases the opportunity for additional development, which will increase revenues and allow the village to provide more services for our residents.” 

Interested in learning more about the project? View the submission here

Last year, the village received the project of the year award in the less than $5 million transportation category, for the Nippersink Boulevard Reconstruction. 

About the Village of Fox Lake: The Village of Fox Lake (population 10,978) is located 55 miles northwest of downtown Chicago and 20 miles west of Waukegan, Illinois. Fox Lake is located in Lake and McHenry counties. The Village is located on the South Shore of Pistakee Lake, Nippersink Lake, and Fox Lake, three connected water bodies that form part of the Chain O’Lakes system. 



Jessica Chernich

Assistant to the Village Administrator 

(847) 587-3971


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