Drinking Water 1-2-3 Academy
Participants at the April 17, 2019, event in Joliet learned from local experts and their peers on how to better manage their drinking water systems.
Starting in 2019, MPC and its partners created a peer-to-peer learning exchange and local technical assistance program—called the Drinking Water 1-2-3 Academy—to further assist communities in implementing best practices featured in our Drinking Water 1-2-3 guide.
The goals of the Academy include:
- Education and training on important water planning and management practices today
- Development of a peer network for cross-community learning and collaboration
- Targeted assistance and on-the-ground implementation of critical best practices in drinking water management
There are two parts to the Academy:
Phase one: A series of half-day events throughout the region that feature education about key best practices that target important local issues for decision-makers and the communities they serve. The audience for these events is elected officials, community leaders and top municipal staff—including municipal administrators, finance directors, planners, public works directors and water managers. Guest speakers include community leaders and water experts with an emphasis on peer-to-peer learning and example case studies from the region.
Phase two: In 2020, MPC provided technical assistance to municipalities related to best practices featured in the Drinking Water 1-2-3 guide. A committee of advisors assisted MPC in reviewing applications, and three projects were selected, including Hazel Crest, Robbins, and Sauk Village. Learn more about this program here!
2021 Academy Events:
In 2021, the two-year cycle repeats, starting with a new round of Drinking Water 1-2-3 Academy events. These virtual events will tackle important water supply issues in our region, including lead service lines, water affordability, and more! Stay informed as these events take shape: email firstname.lastname@example.org to be added to the distribution list.
2019 Academy Events:
Spread throughout northeastern Illinois, phase one of the 2019 Drinking Water 1-2-3 Academy attracted over 200 participants, including elected officials, administrators, public works staff, utility operators and planners from 50 municipalities representing 50% of the population of the seven-county region.
Read more about the events below:
Regional Event #1: Wednesday, April 17, 2019, 8 a.m. to noon at the Joliet Junior College. Held in partnership with the Will County Governmental League. Event topics included water conservation, public education and engagement, and demand forecasting. See the full agenda and presentation slides here!
Regional Event #2: Tuesday, June 4, 2019, 8 a.m. to noon at the Orland Park Civic Center. Held in partnership with the Southwest Conference of Mayors. Key event topics included cost savings through service sharing and joint procurement, water loss control, and demand forecasting. See the full agenda and presentation slides here!
Regional Event #3: Tuesday, July 23, 2019, 8 a.m. to noon at The Centre of Elgin. Held in partnership with the Northwest Water Planning Alliance. Key event topics included demand management, conservation pricing, and sensible salting. See the full agenda and presentation slides here!
Regional Event #4: Thursday, September 12, 2019, 8 a.m. to noon at the Barrington Park District. Held in partnership with the Barrington Area Council of Governments. Key event topics included how to incorporate water supply management needs and goals into community comprehensive plans, and demand forecasting. AICP Certification Maintenance (4 CM) were provided for this event. See the full agenda and presentation slides here!
The cost to attend an event was $20, which included breakfast and light refreshments during each event, and IEPA Drinking Water Operator Recertification Credits (4 CEUs) were provided. Discounts were available for attending multiple events, as well as for group registrations.
MPC is grateful for the following partners on this initiative: