Drinking Water 1-2-3 Academy
Participants will learn from local experts and their peers on how to better manage their drinking water systems.
Starting in 2019, MPC and its partners have 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:
Part 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 will include community leaders and water experts with an emphasis on peer-to-peer learning and example case studies from the region.
Part two: MPC is now accepting applications from municipalities for technical assistance related to best practices featured in Drinking Water 1-2-3. A committee of advisors will be formed to assist MPC in reviewing applications and up to three projects will be selected in late 2019. Learn more about this program and apply here!
Registration is open for our 2019 regional events, and IEPA Drinking Water Operator Recertification Credits are available (4 CEUs) for each event:
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. The keynote address was delivered by Joliet Mayor Bob O'Dekirk, and 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 will include demand management, conservation pricing, and sensible salting. See the agenda here!
<<Register here for Elgin>>
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 will include how to incorporate water supply management needs and goals into community comprehensive plans, and demand forecasting.
<<Register here for Barrington>>
The cost to attend an event is $20. Discounts are available for attending multiple events, as well as for group registrations. Breakfast and light refreshments will be provided during each event.
MPC is grateful for the following partners on this initiative: the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP), the Illinois Section of the American Water Works Association and the Metropolitan Mayors Caucus.