The change of seasons brings the department's focus to different seasonal activities. See below for pertinent information and what the focus is for every season.

  1. Winter
  2. Fall
  3. Spring
  4. Summer

Snow Plowing

Winter of course brings snow plowing. Visit our Snow Plowing page for detailed information about how the Public Works department performs snow plowing, as well as topics related to snow plowing.

How to Avoid or Fix Frozen Pipes

In extreme sub-zero temperatures, Public Works responds to many calls for frozen pipes. To avoid this situation it is advisable to let the water run at a constant trickle until the temperature rises.  Lower lake water temperatures combined with cold air movement around plumbing fixtures can create freezing in water lines. Under these conditions, water can freeze in the lines in just a couple of hours. 

  • Allow a small trickle of water to run overnight to keep pipes from freezing. The cost of the extra water is low compared to the cost to repair a broken pipe.  The water can be used to water indoor plants and more.
  • Open cabinet doors to expose pipes to warmer room temperatures to help keep them from freezing.
  • Eliminate sources of cold air near water lines by repairing broken windows, insulating walls, closing off crawl spaces and eliminating drafts near doors.
  • Know the location of your main water shut-off valve. If a pipe freezes or bursts, shut the water off immediately.
  • Protect your pipes and water meter. Wrap exposed pipes with insulation or use electrical heat tracing wire; newspaper or fabric might also work.

    What To Do If Your Pipes Freeze:

    Shut off the water immediately. Do not attempt to thaw frozen pipes unless the water is shut off. Freezing can often cause unseen cracks in pipes or joints.

    • Apply heat to the frozen pipe by warming the air around it, or by applying heat directly to a pipe. You can use a hair dryer, space heater or hot water. Be sure not to leave space heaters unattended, and avoid the use of kerosene heaters or open flames.
    • Once the pipes have thawed, turn the water back on slowly and check for cracks and leaks.
  • When you are away:

    • Have a friend, relative or neighbor regularly check your property to ensure that the heat is working and the pipes have not frozen.
    • Also, a freeze alarm can be purchased for less than $100 and will call a user-selected phone number if the inside temperature drops below 45 degrees.
  • Lombard Village Code helps ensure better pedestrian access after snowfall

    Village Code previously required public sidewalk clearing for all commercial properties in Lombard, regardless of location. The amended Code (2018) provisions require property owners to clear public sidewalks along the following street segments, regardless of the zoning designation. 

    • St. Charles Road from Elizabeth Street to Martha Street;
    • Main Street from Grove Avenue to Washington Boulevard;
    • Park Avenue from Orchard Terrace to McGuire Drive; and
    • Westmore-Meyers Road from Division Street to North Broadway.
  • When snowfall occurs, Village Code requires a path clearance minimum of 5 feet wide for commercial properties in the above listed designated areas. . The Code also requires that property owners are responsible to clear abutting sidewalks, as well as the sidewalk areas that lead up to intersections on corners. The Code is aimed at improving the safety of sidewalk segments that are commonly utilized by pedestrians.

    Snow Code (JPG) Opens in new windowClearing of sidewalks will be required within 24 hours of the end of each snow event. Failure to do so may result in follow up action from the Village’s Code Enforcement  staff.

    Please contact Code Enforcement at (630)620-5757 for more information. 

    See FAQ Guide For Snow Removal

    Cold Weather Safety Reminders