Water Department

The Rock Falls Water Department is responsible for the operation and maintenance of water service for residents of the City of Rock Falls and the Iron Removal Facility located just South of Dillon School. We are licensed by the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency to protect the public health and the environment with our services.




The City of Rock Falls is required by the Illinois EPA regulations and Municipal Ordinance to conduct a Cross-Connection Control Survey every three years. Please Click on the following link to complete the survey. Thank You. Residential Cross Connection Control Survey for City Water Users Only 

Contact the Water Department

Ted Padilla, Water Superintendent


(815) 622-1120

High Water Usage?

Check out the Water Education section to see how to identify leaks at your residence.

watertowerWater Rates and Services

For information on water rates, please visit the utility section.

The Rock Falls Water Department production system consists of three shallow wells, three pressure iron removal tanks, and two elevated towers. There are approximately 68 miles of water main, 400 Fire Hydrants, and 4,000 water services from the water main to the service boxes at or near the property line.
All of the Water Department employees are qualified licensed IEPA water operators.


Each year the Water and Electric Departments award a $1,000 Scholarship to a High School Senior. Pictured is recipient Morgan Folgers.



5thGrade-2015Groundwater Education

Merrill School 5th graders learn about water conservation.

Annual Drinking Water Quality Report


Illinois Water Operator of Year:

  • Ted Padilla 2006-2007
  • Tony Posi 2009-2010

Groundwater Guardian Award – 1997-2014

Fluoridation yearly award


Visit the Water Education Center to get answers to the most frequently asked questions.

  • Water Leaks
  • Water meters
  • Water Conservation
  • Boil Orders
  • Water Hardness
  • Rusty Water
  • Chlorination

National League of Cities — Service Line Warranty Program

The NLC Service Line Warranty Program, administered by Utility Service Partners, helps city residents save thousands of dollars on the high cost of repairing broken or leaking water or sewer lines. This program is offered to the residents of Rock Falls and is endorsed by the National League of Cities.

For more information, please download this PowerPoint presentation and PDF.