Water News October 24, 2022

In this issue:

  • Find your polling place, download your sample ballot, and research the candidates
  • Water policy - IL State Water Plan recommends water reuse rules!
  • Clean Water Act turns 50
  • Public health
  • Quotes to change the world

Get out the Vote - Early voting begins today

Vote in Chicago

Vote in Suburban Cook County

Vote elsewhere

Guide to Voter Guides

Early voting starts today

All 50 Ward Early Voting sites will be open from October 24 through November 8 (Election Day). These sites are open Weekdays from 9:00am to 6:00pm; Saturdays from 9:00am to 5:00pm; Sundays from 10:00am to 4:00pm; and on Election Day (Nov. 8) from 6:00am to 7:00pm. 

Early voting sites in Chicago

Vote Yes for Forest Preserves

Protect our water sources, air quality, and wildlife habitats by approving a property tax increase of 0.025% or $1.66/month

Sun-Times Editorial

Water Policy

IL State Water Plan

The revised draft Illinois State Water Plan recommends developing water reuse legislation

(IL SWP Table 13-2)

IL State Water Plan DRAFT

State Water Plan Task Force

Comments on water resue

Florida leads the country in water reuse

  • Florida reuses more water than any other state
  • 58% of recycled water is used for irrigation of public areas
  • The majority if reuse projects were initiated to reduce nutrient discharge to sensitive waters
  • Drinking water is now competing with irrigation for recycled water

FL water reuse program

FL Water Reuse Plan

Source: FL 2021 water reuse inventory

Nitrogen Control for Long Island Sound

The State of Connecticut manages an innovative nitrogen-trading program among 79 sewage treatment plants located throughout the state to protect Long Island Sound

Nitrogen Control Program for Long Island Sound

CT Nitrogen Credit Trading Program

Clean Water Act 50th Anniversary

Our rivers would be on fire without the CWA

EPA celebrates 50 years of CWA

What started it?  On June 22, 1969, the Cuyahoga River burst into flames in Cleveland.  The 1969 fire did not surprise Clevelanders. The river had burned more than 10 times over the previous century.

Public Health

COVID Dashboard

The current positivity rate is 12 cases per 100,000 tests, the same as the prior week.


Diseases Surveillance

A scrappy team of scientists, public health experts and plumbers are embracing wastewater surveillance as the future of disease tracking


All it takes is a flush... Wastewater Disease Tracking

H2NOW Chicago Real-Time Water Quality Monitoring

Sensors are offline for the season and will be back up and running in Spring 2023

Get the lead out

EPA has compiled information about federal funding, case studies, and other additional resources on lead service line replacement

Chicago tap water lead testing program

Quotes to Change the World

"Be the change you want to see in the world" - Ghandi

“Fight for the things that you care about, but do it in a way that will lead others to join you" - RBG

"People say, what is the sense of our small effort? They cannot see that we must lay one brick at a time, take one step at a time. A pebble cast into a pond causes ripples that spread in all directions. Each one of our thoughts, words and deeds is like that. No one has a right to sit down and feel hopeless. There is too much work to do." - Dorothy Day

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