The Village of Oak Lawn Water Division has contracted M.E. Simpson to perform necessary and preventative maintenance of the distribution system to ensure proper operation.

Accumulated sediment in the water main and fire hydrants will be flushed during normal business hours

Monday through Friday from 7:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.

Beginning September 25th through September 26th 2017

While flushing is underway short temporary periods of low pressure and discolored water can be expected, but DOES NOT present a health hazard.

To restore clarity to your tap water use a faucet with the aerator removed, or use a laundry sink faucet without an aerator, and flow the cold water until it clears.

M.E. Simpson will give notification by placing signs in the parkways of the areas they are working in. Questions call Water Department 708-499-7747

                     Locations of system maintenance are:

                     95th Street to 99th Street, Nashville to Harlem.

                     Please refrain from doing Laundry during these times if Possible


Any questions regarding this Flush Program may be directed to the Water Division at 708-499-7747.


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  • Who do I contact regarding an unkept property?

  • What if I have garbage that exceeds the standard guidelines for disposal?

  • What materials are not considered regular household waste?

  • How do I dispose of paint?

  • How do I dispose of electronics?

  • Who do I contact regarding a dead animal in the street?

  • Can I use alternate refuse containers other than those provided by the Village?

  • How do I request a smaller garbage toter?

  • How do I get a replacement for a damaged toter?

  • When is my garbage day?

  • How do I contact Oak Lawn's waste hauler?

  • What if I need the water shut off at my property for internal plumbing repairs?

  • What if my water pressure is low?

  • What if the buffalo box in my parkway or front yard is too high?

  • What if I see a fire hydrant leaking or in need of repair, or water bubbling up from the ground?

  • What causes a water main to break?

  • Why does the water taste funny in late summer?

  • Why does the Village flush the fire hydrants?

  • What is in the water?

  • How does the Village make sure that the water is safe to drink?

  • What are the tall water tanks for?

  • How is the water pumped into my house?

  • Who provides the water to the Village of Oak Lawn?

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  • Why do I have to pay to remove parkway tree roots from my sewer line?

  • Who is responsible for sewer repairs?

  • What should I do in the event of flooding?

  • What should not go into the sewers?

  • What is the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago?

  • Where does all the water go once it is flushed down the toilet or drained from a sink or bathtub?

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  • I have a broken branch in my parkway tree and it is ready to fall, what do I do?

  • I hired a contractor to do some tree work, and now I have tree debris, what do I do?

  • I removed my private tree, and I have debris to dispose of, what do I do?

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  • What if my parkway tree is dying or needs trimming?

  • What if I see bushes or a tree that obstructs a motorist’s view of signage or creates an obstruction at a street corner?

  • Who maintains trees and landscaping in my rear yard or side yard easement?

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