A reader asked GazeboNews about the low water level of the storm water retention pond at the Central Lake County Joint Action Water Agency (JAWA for short).
According to our reader, who frequents the spot with his two flat-coated retrievers, the pond, which is located just outside the JAWA building’s front gate in Lake Bluff, appeared “to be dropping quite noticeably.” A recent site visit confirmed that water levels still appear to be low.
GazeboNews spoke with Bill Souci, the JAWA director of operations, and he initially informed us that while the storm water retention pond level “fluctuates seasonally,” there was “some indication that it is lower than normal.”
According to Souci, an investigation into the issue showed that there was “a small separation between two sections of storm drain outlet piping at the west end of the pond.”
“We believe that water may have seeped through the pond bank and into that separation,” said Souci. “The separation has been fixed.”
Souci added that he hopes to see the water level rebound as a result, but “a good rain would certainly help.”