Peotone's Village Board is considering an agreement with Aqua of Illinois to manage its water and sewage services for the village.

But it's just in the discussion stage at this point, said Craig Blanchette, president of Aqua Illinois.

There will be an open house, informational meeting at 6 p.m. on Thursday at Peotone High School. Residents will be able to meet with representatives of Aqua to find out what the company does and what type of service it offers.

"We just want to get out in the community to let people ask questions," Blanchette said.

Blanchette said there will be eight to 10 people from Aqua at the meeting, including Mike Stone, production manager at the Kankakee plant, and Kevin Culver, a compliance manager with Aqua. Also in attendance will be representatives from the customer service office in Kankakee.

Aqua already is in the process of expanding into Will County.

"Right now, we're constructing a line from Manteno to University Park," Blanchette said.

The village of Peotone owns three wells that pump treated water to two elevated storage towers, according to the village's website. The treated water is then distributed through 143,838 lineal feet of water main to residences and businesses in the village. The village also owns and operates its own sanitary sewer collection and treatment system.

Blanchette said nothing has been determined as to whether Aqua would continue to operate those wells or have residents hook up to their lines.

"We've only had a discussion with the village president and the board," said Blanchette, who added that both parties decided to have an open house. "We can hear from them and find out some of their needs."

The open house is set for two hours at the high school.

"We'll be there until folks leave," Blanchette said.

Aqua's service territory includes the city of Kankakee, villages of Aroma Park, Bourbonnais, Bradley, Grant Park, Limestone, Manteno and Sun River Terrace, as well as portions of Kankakee, Aroma, Bourbonnais, Limestone, Otto, Rockville, St. Anne, Sumner, Yellowhead, Ganeer and Manteno townships, according to Aqua's website.

In July 2016, Aqua bid $10.5 million to purchase Watseka's water system and wastewater treatment plant, but the village blocked the deal.

"They took a step back and are considering their options," Blanchette said. "We're still willing and ready to work with them if that's something they want to do."

The Peotone village president could not be reached for comment.

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