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Oak Brook Village Board Approves Sale Of Part Of Water System to Aqua Illinois, Controversial Company That Was Embroiled In Lead Crisis In University Park

OAK BROOK, Ill. (CBS) -- Leaders in west suburban Oak Brook voted Tuesday night to sell a portion of the village's water system.

The buyer is a controversial utility company that you have heard plenty about before on CBS 2.

The Oak Brook Village Board approved the sale during its virtual meeting on Tuesday night, giving Aqua Illinois control of a portion of the water in Oak Brook.

"Without selling this, our water rates go up 48 percent for our residents, who voted for us to come and do sensible things," said Oak Brook Village Trustee Ed Tiesenga.

Supporters claim the sale will save millions of dollars in the long run, but critics say they are worried about Aqua's track record.

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You may remember all the stories we brought you about Aqua's trouble sin University Park.

In June 2019, University Park residents were told Aqua found high levels of lead in some of the water. Residents, including the mayor, were under the impression that the water would be safe again after a few weeks, but some residents were without safe drinking water for more than a year.

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