As you may know, water rates are set to hike by a significant amount in the next few years (projections are 50% increase over the next 3 years). The Village is creating a water conservation plan for residents and businesses with the help of CMAP, our regional planning agency
People interested in working on water conservation strategies are invited to attend this upcoming forum with CMAP. There will be a chance to weigh in on and suggest strategies related to water conservation including those listed in the PlanItGreen plan. If you plan to attend, please RSVP to K.C. Poulos at 708.358.5778 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The forum is set for Tuesday, January 31st, 7-9 p.m. at Village Hall, Room 101.
Oak Park gets its water from the Chicago Water Dept - directly from Lake Michigan through the filtration plant near Navy Pier. The Bureau of Water Supply provides just under one billion gallons of water a day to Chicago and neighboring suburban communities. Raw water is enters the crib about 2-miles out in the lake and is sent to one of two purification plants where the water is treated and impurities removed. The water then flows by gravity to 12 pumping stations strategically located throughout Chicago. At the pumping stations the water is elevated to grid mains and pressurized. This allows the water to be delivered to homes and business throughout Chicagoland.
For more information on the Chicago Water Department, link to the website: http://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/water.html