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Prairieland Disposal is now GFL Environmental

Letter from GFL Environmental to all residential Village of Richmond customers:

“July 1st, 2021:

New name, same great service- Prairieland Disposal is now GFL Enivronemntal!

Dear Valued Customer,

We’re delighted to introduce GFL Environmental Illinois, LLC (“GFL”) as your new solid waste services partner. GFL acquired your account from Prairieland Disposal, Inc. (“Prairieland Disposal”) on July 1, 2021, and we are very excited to be working with you going forward.

GFL is the fourth largest diversified environmental services company in North America, currently operating in 27 states in the United States through a network of high-quality solid and liquid waste assets, and is ideally situated to situated to meet the high service standards you have come to expect from Prairieland Disposal.

With this in mind, below is some information that will help you during the transition process:

  • On matters relating to service scheduling, pricing, contracts and partnerships, all operations will remain business as usual.
  • We’ll be ‘Going Green’, so you’ll notice our look start to change. Our trucks will have the GFL logo and signature green paint, our employees will get new uniforms, and your invoices will have GFL branding.
  • Though the company name and look will change, you can rely on us to continue delivering the safe, high-quality local service you’ve come to know from Prairieland Disposal. You’ll be served by our dedicated team of professionals, and you can continue to contact us at 847-381-9300 for support.
  • Please continue to visit us online prairielanddisposal.com for information regarding your current service.

As a loyal Prairieland Disposal customer, we’d like to thank you for your patience and understanding as we navigate these changes. We’re excited to serve you as GFL.

If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us at 847-381-9300.

Sincerely,

The GFL Team”

Storm Damage Brush Pick-Up 8/5/2021

The Village of Richmond will offer an additional brush pick-up date this month due to severe weather that impacted the Village the last week of July, 2021.

All brush shall be placed on the parkway no later than 7:00am Thursday, August 5th, 2021. This special brush pick-up is for storm related damage only. The brush must be less than 6 inches in diameter and no longer than 6 feet. Public Works Crews will visit each street once. No callbacks will be made.

Additionally, the regularly scheduled monthly brush pick-up will be held on Thursday, August 19th, 2021 for Village residents.

Temporary Parking Ban – Country Thunder

Wednesday, July 14th – Monday, July 19th 2021

For Public Safety and Emergency response, the Richmond Police Department has ordered a temporary ban on street parking for the days concurrent with Country Thunder – July 14, 15, 16, 17, 18 and 19, 2021.

The subdivisions affected are Pheasant Ridge and Sunset Ridge, and Hillview Subdivision (May Avenue). Parking on the street is prohibited and will be strictly enforced with tickets issued in the amount of $75.00 per vehicle, and/or vehicles towed at the owner’s expense.

Any resident holding a function where additional street parking is necessary, after utilizing driveway parking, must obtain a parking pass, which are available at the Village of Richmond Village Hall or Richmond Police Department (5600 Hunter Drive, Richmond IL 60071)

If your vehicle displays a VALID Village of Richmond vehicle sticker, you do not need to come get an additional parking pass.


For all questions and concerns, please contact the Village office:
M-F between the hours of 8 AM – 4 PM
815-678-4040

Water Rates Effective May 1st, 2021

UNDERSTANDING YOUR WATER BILL

Effective May 1st, 2021

The Village of Richmond bills quarterly for your water and sewer use.  Your bill is based on consumption and charges are calculated to reflect water use in a 90 day period.  The water bill is mailed the first week of May, August, November and February annually.

WATER RATES

For the first 4,000 gallons or less $17.50 quarterly

Over 4,000 gallons, cost per 1,000 gallons $0.75 quarterly

SEWER RATES

For the first 4,000 gallons or less  $81.12 quarterly

Over 4,000 gallons, cost per 1,000 gallons $10.00 quarterly

There shall be and there is hereby established a debt service surcharge of $39.00 per quarter applied and charged to each user of the wastewater facility. In addition, the Village shall annually review said charge and consider further adjustment of the surcharge as needed by the respective budget.

*If you have additional questions regarding your water bill, please contact the Village Hall office at 815-678-4040.*

McHenry County 2021 Green Guide

Wondering where to recycle some of those items you’ve found in your annual spring cleaning? The 2021 McHenry County Green Guide, now available online, features the latest information on recycling household waste, appliances, electronics, paint, motor oil, light bulbs, batteries, hazardous waste, and medications.

New in the 15th edition of the publication is information on reducing the use of single-use plastics (including packing material and take-out containers), answers to commonly asked questions about hard-to-recycle items, and an updated list of countywide recycling drives (including a household hazardous waste collection event happening in June).

“With more people ordering their items online and to-go this year, we’ve unfortunately seen an increase in single-use plastics,” said Kim Hankins, director of the Sustainability Center at McHenry County College (MCC). “Fortunately, there are a variety of resources that exist to help consumers choose more sustainable options and avoid these hard-to-recycle items. The more we can inform people of ways to conveniently reduce, reuse, and recycle, the more effective we can be in reducing our environmental impact.”

2021 Green Guide Highlights:

  • County-wide residential electronic collection events information
  • County-wide household hazardous waste collection event details
  • New Section – what to do with the very hard to recycle items
  • Recycling tips on PPE, take out containers, and delivery packaging

Email updates available here: https://www.mchenry.edu/green/requestform.html

PFAS WATER INFORMATION

WHAT ARE PFAS?

According to the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA), Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are a group of group of man-made chemicals that includes PFOA, PFOS, GenX, and many other chemicals. PFAS have been manufactured and used in a variety of industries around the globe, including in the United States since the 1940s. PFAS are utilized for a variety of applications ranging from water and stain-proofing to firefighting. PFAS persist in the environment and may contaminate surface and ground waters. These chemicals are widely used because they are resistant to heat, water, and oil.

WHERE CAN PFAS BE FOUND?

 PFAS can be commonly found in every American household, and in products as diverse as:

Certain PFAS chemicals are no longer manufactured in the United States as a result of phase-outs including the PFOA Stewardship Program in which eight major chemical manufacturers agreed to eliminate the use of PFOA and PFOA-related chemicals in their products and as emissions from their facilities. Although PFOA and PFOS are no longer manufactured in the United States, they are still produced internationally and can be imported into the United States in consumer goods such as carpet, leather and apparel, textiles, paper and packaging, coatings, rubber and plastics.

WHO SETS GUIDELINES FOR PFAS?

There is not enough information available for scientists to develop health-based screening levels for all of the PFAS sampled. Neither the Illinois EPA nor the U.S. EPA have yet developed enforceable drinking water standards for PFAS. Both regulatory agencies are currently studying PFAS. This will take several years to complete. In the interim, Illinois EPA has developed health-based guidance levels for seven PFAS compounds. Laboratory data from the studies being conducted will be used to support the potential development and promulgation of maximum contaminant level (MCL) standards in Illinois and nationally.

HAVE PFAS BEEN DETECTED IN ANY VILLAGE WELLS?

Yes. The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (Illinois EPA) recently tested our water system for 18 compounds known as Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) as part of a statewide investigation of community water supplies and PFAS.

The Village owns and operates 2 wells located within the Village. None of analytes sampled by Illinois EPA were above Illinois EPA health-based guidance levels.


IS MY WATER SAFE TO DRINK?

Yes. The Village of Richmond’s drinking water continues to meet all Federal and State drinking water standards and is safe to drink. The U.S. and Illinois EPA are developing standards for safe PFAS levels in drinking water. In the interim, the Illinois EPA has asked local agencies to provide information if  PFAS is detected in drinking water.

Additional water quality information is available in the Village of Richmond’s Consumer Confidence Report found on the Village’s website.

WHAT ARE THE MONITORING GUIDELINES FOR PFAS?

The Illinois EPA PFAS health-based guidance levels are provided in the table below. At this time, no enforceable federal or state drinking water standard, called a Maximum Contaminant Level (MCL), exists for any of the more than 5,000 known PFAS chemicals. Illinois EPA is in the process of collecting data in the PFAS Investigation Network to develop a state MCL. Development of an MCL may take the IEPA multiple years.  The levels are presented in nanograms per liter (ng/L), equal to parts per trillion (ppt). For reference: 1 ng/L is equivalent to about 1 ounce in 7.5 billion gallons.

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Additional information on the IEPA’s PFAS Statewide Investigation is located here: https://www2.illinois.gov/epa/topics/water-quality/pfas/Pages/pfas-statewide-investigation-network.aspx

WHAT IS THE VILLAGE DOING ABOUT PFAS IN ITS WELLS?

Neither the Illinois EPA nor the U.S. EPA has developed enforceable regulatory drinking water standards for PFAS. The IEPA has requested the Village continue to monitor drinking water in accordance with the IEPA PFAS investigation plan. The Village’s drinking water continues to meet all Federal and State drinking water standards and is safe to drink.

WHERE CAN I FIND MORE INFORMATION?


Additional information regarding PFAS, the statewide PFAS investigation network, and the impact to public health can be found on the Illinois EPA PFAS webpage: https://www2.illinois.gov/epa/topics/water-quality/pfas/Pages/default.aspx.

All confirmed drinking water sampling results for Richmond are available on Illinois EPA’s Drinking Water Watch system at Chem/Rad Samples (state.il.us)


If you have questions about PFAS and drinking water, please contact:

Illinois Environmental Protection Agency

Barb Lieberoff, Office of Community Relations

epa.pfas@illinois.gov

217-524-3038

Illinois Department of Public Health

Brian Koch, Division of Environmental Health

Brian.Koch@illinois.gov

217-782-5830

Well #2 – Sampled 11/02/2020
PFAS AnalyteAcronymDraft Guidance LevelSample Results
Perfluorobutanesulfonic acidPFBS140,000 ng/LND
Perfluoroheptanoic acidPFHpA*ND
Perfluorohexanesulfonic acidPFHxS140 ng/L2.3-2.4 ng/L
Perfluorononanoic acidPFNA21 ng/LND
Perfluorooctanesulfonic acidPFOS14 ng/LND
Perfluorooctanoic acidPFOA2 ng/LND
Perfluorodecanoic acidPFDA*ND
Perfluorododecanoic acidPFDoA*ND
Perfluororhexanoic acidPFHxA560,000 ng/LND
Perfluorotetradecanoic acidPFTA*ND
Perfluorotridecanoic acidPFTrDA*ND
Perfluoroundecanoic acidPFUnA*ND
11-chloroeicosafluoro-3- oxaundecane-1-sulfonic acid11C1-PF3OUdS*ND
9-chlorohexadecafluoro-3-oxanone-1-sulfonic acid9C1-PF3ONS*ND
4,8-dioxa-3H-perfluorononanoic acidADONA*ND
N-methyl perfluorooctanesulfonamidoacetic acidNMeFOSAA*ND
Hexafluoropropylene oxide dimer acidHFPO-DA560 ng/LND
N-ethyl perfluorooctanesulfonamidoacetic acidNEtFOSAA*ND

*No toxicity criteria available

Minimum Reporting Level (MRL) = 2.0 ng/L

ND = Not Detected

Nanograms per Liter (ng/L) = Parts per Trillion (ppt)

Well #2 – Sampled 12/07/2020
PFAS AnalyteAcronymDraft Guidance LevelSample Results
Perfluorobutanesulfonic acidPFBS140,000 ng/L2.1 ng/L
Perfluoroheptanoic acidPFHpA*ND
Perfluorohexanesulfonic acidPFHxS140 ng/L2.7 ng/L
Perfluorononanoic acidPFNA21 ng/LND
Perfluorooctanesulfonic acidPFOS14 ng/LND
Perfluorooctanoic acidPFOA2 ng/LND
Perfluorodecanoic acidPFDA*ND
Perfluorododecanoic acidPFDoA*ND
Perfluororhexanoic acidPFHxA560,000 ng/LND
Perfluorotetradecanoic acidPFTA*ND
Perfluorotridecanoic acidPFTrDA*ND
Perfluoroundecanoic acidPFUnA*ND
11-chloroeicosafluoro-3- oxaundecane-1-sulfonic acid11C1-PF3OUdS*ND
9-chlorohexadecafluoro-3-oxanone-1-sulfonic acid9C1-PF3ONS*ND
4,8-dioxa-3H-perfluorononanoic acidADONA*ND
N-methyl perfluorooctanesulfonamidoacetic acidNMeFOSAA*ND
Hexafluoropropylene oxide dimer acidHFPO-DA560 ng/LND
N-ethyl perfluorooctanesulfonamidoacetic acidNEtFOSAA*ND

*No toxicity criteria available

Minimum Reporting Level (MRL) = 2.0 ng/L

ND = Not Detected

Nanograms per Liter (ng/L) = Parts per Trillion (ppt)

Well #3 – Sampled 11/02/2020
PFAS AnalyteAcronymDraft Guidance LevelSample Results
Perfluorobutanesulfonic acidPFBS140,000 ng/L2.4 ng/L
Perfluoroheptanoic acidPFHpA*ND
Perfluorohexanesulfonic acidPFHxS140 ng/L4.1 ng/L
Perfluorononanoic acidPFNA21 ng/LND
Perfluorooctanesulfonic acidPFOS14 ng/L3.9 ng/L
Perfluorooctanoic acidPFOA2 ng/LND
Perfluorodecanoic acidPFDA*ND
Perfluorododecanoic acidPFDoA*ND
Perfluororhexanoic acidPFHxA560,000 ng/LND
Perfluorotetradecanoic acidPFTA*ND
Perfluorotridecanoic acidPFTrDA*ND
Perfluoroundecanoic acidPFUnA*ND
11-chloroeicosafluoro-3- oxaundecane-1-sulfonic acid11C1-PF3OUdS*ND
9-chlorohexadecafluoro-3-oxanone-1-sulfonic acid9C1-PF3ONS*ND
4,8-dioxa-3H-perfluorononanoic acidADONA*ND
N-methyl perfluorooctanesulfonamidoacetic acidNMeFOSAA*ND
Hexafluoropropylene oxide dimer acidHFPO-DA560 ng/LND
N-ethyl perfluorooctanesulfonamidoacetic acidNEtFOSAA*ND

*No toxicity criteria available

Minimum Reporting Level (MRL) = 2.0 ng/L

ND = Not Detected

Nanograms per Liter (ng/L) = Parts per Trillion (ppt)

Well #3 – Sampled 12/07/2020
PFAS AnalyteAcronymDraft Guidance LevelSample Results
Perfluorobutanesulfonic acidPFBS140,000 ng/L2.9 ng/L
Perfluoroheptanoic acidPFHpA*ND
Perfluorohexanesulfonic acidPFHxS140 ng/L4.9 ng/L
Perfluorononanoic acidPFNA21 ng/LND
Perfluorooctanesulfonic acidPFOS14 ng/L4.0 ng/L
Perfluorooctanoic acidPFOA2 ng/LND
Perfluorodecanoic acidPFDA*ND
Perfluorododecanoic acidPFDoA*ND
Perfluororhexanoic acidPFHxA560,000 ng/LND
Perfluorotetradecanoic acidPFTA*ND
Perfluorotridecanoic acidPFTrDA*ND
Perfluoroundecanoic acidPFUnA*ND
11-chloroeicosafluoro-3- oxaundecane-1-sulfonic acid11C1-PF3OUdS*ND
9-chlorohexadecafluoro-3-oxanone-1-sulfonic acid9C1-PF3ONS*ND
4,8-dioxa-3H-perfluorononanoic acidADONA*ND
N-methyl perfluorooctanesulfonamidoacetic acidNMeFOSAA*ND
Hexafluoropropylene oxide dimer acidHFPO-DA560 ng/LND
N-ethyl perfluorooctanesulfonamidoacetic acidNEtFOSAA*ND

*No toxicity criteria available

Minimum Reporting Level (MRL) = 2.0 ng/L

ND = Not Detected

Nanograms per Liter (ng/L) = Parts per Trillion (ppt)

Storm Damage Pick-up

The Village of Richmond will offer an additional brush pick-up program this month due to the major wind storm that impacted the Village on Monday, August 10, 2020.

All brush shall be placed on the parkway no later than 7:00am Monday, August 17, 2020. This special brush pick-up is for storm related damage only. The brush must be less than 5 inches in diameter and no longer than 6 feet. Public Works Crews will visit each street once. No callbacks will be made.

Additionally, the regularly scheduled monthly brush pick-up will be held on Thursday, August 20, 2020 for Village residents.