Our Living Green Initiatives

Village Departments are dedicated to finding "green" solutions whenever possible in the delivery of services to the public. Below is a summary of some Green Initiatives and the history on several existing, key programs.

Sewer Lining
Public Works' Utilities Division, started the Village’s Cured-In-Place (CIP) sewer lining program in 2012. This program eliminates infiltration of ground water into sanitary sewer mains thereby reducing sewage treatment costs. Since the program’s inception, we have lined over 7 miles of sewer line.

Smoke Testing
Sewer System Evaluations, Inc. completed the first year of a multi-year Sewer Smoke Testing Program in 2016. The RJN Group, Inc. is heading the Village’s Infiltration and Inflow Project. In the smoke testing process, harmless smoke is blown into a sewer segment through manholes at both ends. Defects are identified at locations where smoke exits the ground or an improperly connected drain structure. This ongoing program has been mandated by the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago (MWRDC).

Smoke testing procedures within these areas help to pinpoint sections of pipe that could be vulnerable to excessive amounts of water and sediment infiltration that may be in need of repair. This program also reduces unnecessary sewage treatment costs. Several subdivisions have been targets in 2016 and 2017.

Fire Station Lighting Refurbishment
In an effort to reduce energy consumption at our two older fire stations, 210 fluorescent lighting kits were installed in Fire Stations #3 and #4. The estimated energy consumption of the old fluorescent lighting fixtures was 30.22 Kwh; a 60% total savings is realized when compared to the 12.214 Kwh of energy consumed with the new refurbished fluorescent lighting fixtures.This project was made possible by the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) program, which was funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

"Tap into Arlington" Water Conservation Program
The Public Works Department has recently developed a public awareness campaign to promote tap water usage in the Village called “Tap Into Arlington”. This positive community outreach program aims to educate our residents on the benefits of tap water and water conservation. The Village of Arlington Heights provides high quality tap water to our customers. In light of recent events such as the Flint Michigan water crisis, it is important to reassure residents that our tap water is safe and clean to drink. Additionally, using tap water and reusable water bottles has positive benefits to the environment. This campaign is not only an opportunity to encourage conservation, but it will also highlight the strict testing standards that the Public Works Department must follow.