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Dancing for clean water
  • By Danielle Gallet and MPC Research Assistant Kelli-Ann Sottile
  • Jul 22, 2015
Without hesitation I bet you can name the five nearest schools to your home. I bet you also know the fastest way to your nearby hospital, just in case. And I am guessing you have spent more than your fair share of weekends at the local mall. But if I asked you where your local water utility was…
Everyone in Chicago should have equal access to our rivers
  • By Chloe Gurin-Sands, Masters student, University of Illinois at Chicago
  • Jun 15, 2015
I recently had the chance to meet with Josh Ellis and Kara Riggio of the Metropolitan Planning Council (MPC) to learn more about their Great Rivers Chicago Project. The mission of the project is to reimagine and revitalize how we as Chicagoans interact with our rivers. The City of Chicago has more…
Forty times around the world in 1 million miles of pipe
Our nation’s infrastructure is crumbling and in need of reinvestment—this is the general message I hear over and over these days. Yet figures such as $1 trillion to repair and upgrade our nation’s drinking water infrastructure are difficult to conceptualize—let alone fathom…
Water Management Resource Guide
  • Publication
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  • Dec 9, 2013
Preview the contents. To address the rising cost of water and the need to conserve limited resources, the DuPage Water Commission (DWC) created a Water Conservation and Protection Program. The purpose of the WCAPP is to provide all water users in DuPage County with a consistent message about water…
Northwest Water Planning Alliance heeds World Water Day call through collaborative efforts to protect the groundwater and Fox River for future generations
  • Mar 22, 2013
Cooperative effort between municipalities and counties yielding tangible results for residents and businesses On March 22 members of the Northwest Water Planning Alliance celebrated World Water Day and the International Year of Water Cooperation, a United Nations designation, by reflecting on two…
How soon is now? The future of water reuse becomes reality at an Oak Park home
MPC Research Assistant Matt Nichols authored this post. Many people report that their best ideas come to them in the shower. In the case of Oak Park, Ill., homeowners Ana Garcia-Doyle and Jim Doyle, their great idea was the shower itself. Or more specifically, the thousands of gallons of water…
Recommendations for Integrated Water Resources Planning in Lake Zurich
  • Publication
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  • Jun 6, 2012
Water itself knows no political boundaries. Rivers flow from one community to another, aquifers span entire regions, rain falls where it will. Yet water resources management is inherently political. Northeastern Illinois’ 284 municipalities plan and implement many facets of water supply,…
All Systems Go: Engineering Sustainable Utility Solutions
The complete audio recording of this event is available for listening. Last week MPC hosted the third event in its infrastructure roundtable series, All Systems Go: Engineering Sustainable Utility Solutions, generously sponsored by ComEd and Peoples Gas. The event featured a top-notch panel: J.…
To gauge drinking water supply, Chicago suburbs will take part in Well Monitoring Weeks Oct. 9 to 23
  • Oct 6, 2011
Participating communities, including many members of the Northwest Water Planning Alliance, will measure water levels in deep wells to provide accurate data to Illinois State Water Survey, local and regional planners To help ensure local, regional and state planners have accurate data on how…
Growing blue: Water, economic development, and corporate stewardship
I do my best to conserve water at home. I try to be smart about actual water use—only running full loads of laundry, keeping a pitcher of water in the fridge so I don't have to wait for cold water, etc.—but I rent, so I'm not in a position to retrofit my apartment with too much in the…

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