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Water & Electric

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The Village’s water and electric utilities are operated as a single department, with the Water and Electric Department Director supervising both utilities. Although operationally unified, the Water and Electric Departments are operated as separate financial entities, with distinct enterprise funds within the Village’s financial records and budget.

In 1893, the Village completed the first water pumping plant, water tower, and distribution system located on Tower Road, adjacent to Lake Michigan. These improvements were financed primarily by special assessments. In 1900, electric generating equipment was added to the pumping station, and electric service was first made available for street lighting as well as residential and commercial users. Additional history on the Water & Electric Department is also available.

Unique among many municipalities, Winnetka generates electric power and services all local residents and businesses. Electricity is carried from the Electric Power Plant via underground cables to load distribution centers throughout the Village. From the ends of these underground cables, overhead and underground wires the provide electricity directly to users. Today, Winnetka’s power and energy requirements are ensured pursuant to contracts between the Village and the Illinois Municipal Electric Agency (IMEA).

Both the Water and Electric plants are staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to handle any service emergencies.

Contact Information:

1390 Willow Road
847-716-3558
Electric Outages (24/7): 847-501-2531

Hours:

Monday – Friday
7:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Staff

Contact Utility Billing
847-446-9550

Brian Keys
Director of Water & Electric
847-716-3556
bkeys@winnetka.org

Giovanni McLean
Assistant Director of Water & Electric
847-716-3270
gmclean@winnetka.org

Mark Herman
Distribution Superintendent
847-716-3551
mherman@winnetka.org

Jeff Pietka
Electric Plant Superintendent
847-716-3601
jpietka@winnetka.org

Emily Braun
Administrative Secretary
847-716-3531
ebraun@winnetka.org

Main
847-716-3558

Emergency
847-501-2531

Department Fax
847-716-3599

Utility Billing Fax
847-446-1139

 
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