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Joliet committee to consider restricting restaurants from serving unrequested water

Councilwoman Jan Quillman has proposed the city pass a law that water be served only on request at Joliet restaurants.
Councilwoman Jan Quillman has proposed the city pass a law that water be served only on request at Joliet restaurants.

A Joliet City Council committee this week will consider whether the city should regulate how water is served at restaurants.

Council member Jan Quillman in December suggested the city ban serving water at Joliet restaurant tables unless diners request it, noting such laws exists elsewhere.

The Land Use and Legislative Committee has restaurant water on the agenda for its meeting at 4 p.m. Thursday.

“Serve water on request. That’s what I’m looking for,” Quillman said Monday.

A specific proposal should be ready for the committee meeting, she said.

Quillman suggested the rule as part of a water conservation effort that is underway in Joliet in light of a decline in the aquifer that feeds the city wells.

Quillman said she began watching as water was served at local restaurants.

“It can be anywhere from two to 12 glasses depending on how big the party is,” she said. “Most of the water is untouched.”

Joliet plans to switch to Lake Michigan water by 2030, a deadline based on an Illinois State Water Survey forecast that the aquifer will depleted to the point that it will no longer be able to meet city needs at maximum demand periods.

In the meantime, Joliet is developing a program to urge residents to conserve water.

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