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Water Supply Management

Ensuring safe, sustainable and equitable drinking water systems

Drinking Water 1-2-3 Academy

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 tackled important water supply issues in our region, including water affordability, lead service lines, and more!


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Partnership opportunities available! Contact Rachel Roberts, Manager of Corporate Partnerships, at rroberts@metroplanning.org for more information.


Starting in 2019, MPC and its partners created a peer-to-peer learning exchange and 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 events that feature education about key best practices and important issues for decision-makers and the communities they serve. The target audience for these events is elected officials, community leaders and top municipal staff—including municipal administrators, finance directors, planners, public works directors and water operators. 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: Technical assistance provided to municipalities related to best practices featured in the Drinking Water 1-2-3 guide. In 2019, projects selected included Hazel Crest, Robbins, and Sauk Village. MPC is now accepting applications for the 2022 round of projects. Learn more about this program here!

Click here to read about past Drinking Water 1-2-3 Academy events

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