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At their regular meeting on August 10th, Rochelle’s City Council voted to enhance and extend utility assistance programs for residential customers struggling to pay their balance. The utility offers a deferred payment program where customers can avoid disconnection by entering into a payment agreement.  The agreement allows for a 5%…
Shop local to save on your RMU bill!  The City of Rochelle and Rochelle Municipal utilities are kicking off a new program to encourage support of local businesses impacted by COVID-19.  By spending $300 at designated local businesses within RMU’s service territory, which includes Creston and Hillcrest, and submitting those…
Weather permitting, Rochelle Municipal Utilities will begin their annual hydrant flushing project July 22.  All 950 hydrants in the City of Rochelle will be flushed beginning near RTHS and moving south as the project progresses.  The fire hydrants are opened and allowed to run in an effort to circulate water…
Rochelle Municipal Utilities is pleased to announce that the new radium removal treatment plant on Hayes Rd is now officially online. The $3 million project was designed, permitted and constructed over a period of two years. This project also included 3,500 feet of 21” sewer line extension along Steward Rd.…
The city of Rochelle has completed the sale of its electrical utility transmission assets to Commonwealth Edison Company (“ComEd”), creating new  economies of scale for the city and providing the infrastructure needed by large manufacturers to expand or establish a presence in the region. The transaction includes approximately 20 miles…
The application period for Low Income Home Energy Assistance (LIHEAP) has been extended to June 30, 2020 and the income guidelines have been increased from 150% to 200% of the Federal Poverty Level. If you have already applied in FY20 (fall 2019 to 6/30/2020), the FY21 application period will open…
On Monday June 15th, the eastbound lane of Route 38, between Highway 251 and Lincoln Highway will be closed for repair.  The roadway repair is necessary following a water main break in the area earlier this year.  The lane closure is expected to last approximately three days. Advance warning, detour…
At their Monday evening meeting, the Rochelle City Council approved an expansion of the Utility Assistance Program.  For the remainder of 2020, utility customers with income under 200% of the federal poverty level will be able to apply for assistance of $500.  Earlier this year, the Council approved a waiver…
The City of Rochelle and Rochelle Municipal Utilities prioritize the health and safety of our residents and employees above all else. We also understand that our residents and businesses count on a high level of service and support from our team. All emergency services will continue as always from our…
RMU is warning customers about utility scams in the area. Customers are receiving phone calls from individuals that appear to be part of a scam designed to obtain personal information and/or money from customers. The calls are not authorized by RMU. Red flags for scam activity • The scammer often…
RMU offers an energy assistance program for those in need.  In January and February alone, 22 households have received financial assistance with utility bills and funds are still available for approximately another 200 households.  Residents who meet the income guidelines are encouraged to apply.  The RMU Residential Utility Assistance Program…
The Utility Advisory Board Meeting will not meet on January 21st, 2020 as originally scheduled. The meeting has been rescheduled for January 29th, 2020.
A valve is being replaced by the Water Department on First Avenue, a boil order will be issued today. A map is attached with area outlined in yellow-1st Avenue and South 2nd Street.  The boil order will last for a minimum of 24 hours. Boil water before drinking. Wash all…
The 2019 RMU utility assistance program is still available.  Currently, over 100 households have received utility assistance and  funds are still available for approximately another 150 households.  Residents who meet the income guidelines are encouraged to apply.  The RMU Residential Utility Assistance Program provides monetary assistance for qualifying RMU residential…
Following an increase in required chlorination levels in Illinois drinking water supplies by the Illinois Environmental Protection, Rochelle Municipal Utilities will increase from the previous .5 milligrams per liter to 1 milligram per liter.  The regulations are part of an effort to decrease the frequency of Legionnaire’s Disease, a pneumonia-like…
Rochelle Municipal Utilities has begun construction of a new Well No. 12 Radium Treatment facility which is financed by the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (SRF). The SRF program is administered by the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency and receives a portion of its money to fund these types of projects…
Dear Water Customer: The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA) requires that all water systems in the State of Illinois have an effective Cross Connection Control Program. Cross connections within the public water supply are a serious concern, as they can allow contaminants or pollutants to enter the public water system…
The residential application for utility assistance is now available at RMU.  "Our team recognized the hardships endured by those most in need in our community and actively pursued establishing a program to assist," said City Manager Jeff Fiegenschuh. 
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