Illinois and Indiana Communities Sign Water Agreement

Sep 10, 2018

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HAMMOND, Ind. (AP) - An Indiana city and an Illinois community that once clashed in federal court over a water rate dispute have signed a new drinking water agreement.

Hammond, Indiana, and Chicago Heights, Illinois, officials signed a deal Wednesday under which Hammond will supply more drinking water to the Illinois city for resale.

The two cities battled in federal court in 2012 over water rate disagreements.

The new 20-year contract approved by the Chicago Heights City Council calls for Hammond to ultimately sell up to 10 million gallons of Lake Michigan water per day to Chicago Heights at a rate of $2.05 per 1,000 gallons.

The Illinois city will then sell that water to several south suburban Chicago communities.

Hammond officials will vote on the contract Sept. 13.