Waller4Water eNews Feb 1, 2022

Sharon Waller is running for MWRD Commissioner in Cook County, IL in the 2022 Primary

If elected, I’ll be the only engineer on the board.

I'm running for clean water, flood management, & innovation before taxation. 

waller4water is a great ballot name.


Petitions in your "Bubble"


Collect signatures in your "bubble" and/or request a house call.

Petition signatures are extra challenging due to winter & pandemic conditions, so every single signature is welcome progress towards our goal. If you can commit to notarizing the petition and a stamp to mail it, you can help put a water engineer on the ballot.

Please forward this to your contacts, and ask them to sign and notarize in their bubble.


Help put a water engineer on the ballot for the Water Reclamation District.

Download petition

Follow these easy steps:

  1. Download the petition
  2. Sign on line 1
  3. Notarize the petition via 3 options
  • at your bank or currency exchange
  • Sundays 4pm at The Atlantic, 5062 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago (check events schedule)
  • Request a notary house call
  1. Mail it to the address on the petition by March 1
Request a house call
Read about pandemic petitions in the SunTimes

Real-time Signature Tracker

Our real-time signature tracker keeps us on track to meet our goal.

Sig Tracker

Signature Leader Board

  • 1st place - Peg
  • 2nd place - Jeanne
  • 3rd place - Kari
  • 4th place - Nancy
  • 5th place - Bill & Richard

Volunteer Appreciation

Big thank yous all around!

  • Welcome to newcomers Nancy and Kari now in 3rd and 4th place for signatures
  • Thanks to Kim, Janice, and the ladies of Morton Grove Women Who Drink Tea - you ladies inspire me with your activism
  • Thanks to our fabulous notaries Mary Claire and Jessica
  • Thanks to Block Captains Beth & Marv
  • Thanks to Patrick who is working the grocery stores.
  • Thanks to Katharine, our fabulous social media manager
  • Thanks to friends & family for your support and positive energy - keep sending it.
  • Thanks to Ward 47 Dems for their support and work to make our political process "of the people, for the people, and by the people"!   

My Issues in the News...

Flood Management

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Lake Michigan vs. Chicago

In 1987, water washed through the ground floor of her apartment building. “We were told, ‘You’ll never see this kind of water again in your lifetime,’”... “But it’s worse now.

Read Dan Egan in NY Times

Fun Facts:

  • The average 100-year floodplain is projected to increase 45% by the year 2100 which will increase risk of flooding. Manage your flood risk with green infrastructure.

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What am I doing about it? In my childhood home, we measured basement backups by the number of stairs covered. The “deep tunnel” (our term for the Tunnel and Reservoir Project, or TARP) eliminated our basement backups. I eliminated basement backups in my current home with green infrastructure. If elected, I will advocate for increased funding for green alleys. I'll spotlight innovative residential green infrastructure solutions and create a library for homeowners.


Cleaner Water

USGS says 12% of phosphorus in the Gulf of Mexico Dead Zone is attributed to urban and population-related sources. Pasture, rangelands, and crop cultivation are the largest contributors. The greatest challenge is working together to reduce nutrients leaving our state borders.

H2Now real-time monitoring in the Chicago River is the first step towards progress. Shhh... the probes are hibernating for the winter.

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Combined sewer overflows, climate change, and the blue economy

"While there is no single solution to climate change, water reuse is a step toward adapting to increases in extreme weather. Water reuse is the future, even in non-drought areas, for the protection of our drinking water source."

Read Sharon's OpEd in Evanston Roundtable

What am I doing about it? I've devoted my 28-year career as an Environmental Engineer to clean water. I worked with Sierra Club to create a simple nutrient assessment plan template to assist smaller municipal wastewater agencies to comply with long-term phosphorus reduction goals. I'm exploring simple models of water quality trading credits to provide a funding mechanism for watershed-based improvements. I've contributed to local news media on the topic of combined sewer overflow contamination to our drinking water supply.

Innovation Before Taxation

The documentary Brave Blue World showcases innovative water technologies including Hydraloop and Majik Water. No clear permitting pathway exists to implement these technologies in IL. Water policy is needed. 

MWRD Stickney is the largest phosphorus recovery plant in the world. Phosphorus is recovered from wastewater to produce a profitable, commercial high-grade agriculture fertilizer.

Water Policy for Climate Resilience

"Our state economy would benefit from a clear permitting pathway and assistance to our industry to promote on-site industrial water reuse which provides a drought-resist and cost-stable water source."

Read Sharon's OpEd in Southland Journal

Drought risks 4,000 IL jobs

What have I done about it? I have authored design guidelines for potable water reuse. This inspired me to advocate for water policy in IL following existing policy in 34 states. We need water policy to grow our Blue Economy and protect our water quality. I've contributed to local newspapers on the need for water policy for climate resilience.

Lead Service Line Replacement

HB 4295 trailer will make replacing lead service lines easier and more affordable. The IL House of Reps may vote on this on Wednesday, Feb 2. Let your rep know you support it.

Request a tap water test
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What have I done about it? I have formed the Water PAC to endorse state reps and senators who support lead service line replacement legislation and long-term funding. Water PAC proudly endorses IL 16th District Representative Denyse Wang Stoneback.

COVID Update...

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COVID Dashboard shows further declines of cases (-48%), hospitalization (-41%), deaths (-44%), and positivity rate are all falling. The current positivity rate is 4.5% as of Feb 1.




Help collect petition signatures at the following events:

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Feb 7 - Happy Birthday to Me...

I’m throwing myself a virtual birthday party on Feb 7 at 6 pm. I'll be out collecting signatures, so this will be a quick chat from the street with no fancy programming planned. Instead of a card, please consider donating to my campaign. Every dollar reaches one voter ($0.40 stamp + postcard).

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