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Updated: March 17, 2013 6:21PM

Lindenhurst and Lake Villa residents can learn more about the proposed multi-million dollar project to make the switch to Lake Michigan water as their municipal water source at two upcoming public information meetings.

Lindenhurst is hosting an informational open house Feb. 23 from 10 a.m. to noon at the Lake County Forest Preserve Operation Facility, 19808 W. Grand Ave.

Lake Villa residents can learn more about the proposal March 5 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Lehmann Mansion, 485 N. Milwaukee Ave.

Lindenhurst, Lake Villa and Lake County, representing unincorporated Fox Lake Hills and Grandwood Park, are the three newest proposed members of the Central Lake County Joint Action Water Agency.

The shared estimated cost is $41 million to bring pipes from the CLCJAWA water plant in Lake Bluff to Lake Villa, Lindenhurst and the unincorporated areas of Fox Lake Hills and Grandwood Park.

The county and each of the municipalities is individually responsible for any upgrades and costs to their internal water systems to accommodate the switch to lakewater.

Lindenhurst Village Administrator Matthew Formica said CLCJAWA was identified as the most efficient and cost-effective source of Lake Michigan water, but a final decision on the project will not be made until all the costs are determined. “We are at the stage where we are developing an implementation plan as well as working out the business terms of our relationship. We think an important step is public input.”

All of the informational sessions follow a similar format, said Lake Villa Mayor Frank Loffredo. “Residents can visit different information stations to learn more about the future challenges of ground water, the benefits of Lake Michigan water, specifics and funding of the proposed project and about CLCJAWA. We will also be showing a looping video that explains the status of groundwater and the need for Lake Michigan water. It is very informative.”

“At our first public information session earlier this month the feedback was mostly positive,” said Lindenhurst Mayor Susan Lahr. Of the 75 residents who attended, “most seemed anxious to see the project move ahead. With the problems we have had with our municipal wells, there is an understanding that there is a need for a more reliable source of municipal water.”

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