Executive Order 2006-1 called for a comprehensive program for state and regional water supply planning and management, a strategic plan for the program's implementation, and development of Regional Water Supply Plans in two Priority Water Quantity Planning Areas. Water 2050 is an outcome of that executive order as it was unanimously approved by the Regional Water Supply Planning Group (RWSPG) in January 2010 following three years of monthly meetings.
Following approval of Water 2050, CMAP embarked on implementation of the various recommendations that called for specific actions from CMAP to promote additional conservation and efficiency in the northeastern Illinois region. See our Resources page for relevant information to achieve the goals of Water 2050.
Northeastern Illinois Regional Water Supply/Demand Plan
The final version of Water 2050: Northeastern Illinois Water Supply/Demand Plan is now available for you to download. CMAP has printed a limited quantity for implementers and stakeholders. If you fall into either category, please contact us to request a printed copy. Approved unanimously by the RWSPG for 11 counties of northeastern Illlinois, the plan is intended to ensure the availability of clean water for household,commercial, and other users through mid-century. It was commissioned by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources to address population and economic growth that could lead to water shortages in the region. Read more in this press release and at the Water Supply page. See additional graphs from the plan, plus a collection of related news coverage. You can also now read and/or download a 12-page summary booklet of the Northeastern Illinois Regional Water Supply/Demand Plan.
CMAP would like to thank all the participants and delegates who were part of the three-year planning process. Water 2050 seeks to ensure that relatively finite water supplies will keep pace with our population that could grow as much as 38 percent by 2050. The cornerstone of the plan is a water-use conservation and efficiency strategy that can reduce a significant percentage of new water demand if the political will and other factors exist to support plan implementation. For more information including agendas, meeting minutes, presentations, previous plan drafts and associated reports, visit the RWSPG Meeting Materials page.
Water 2050 newsletter
The Water 2050 newsletter was designed to help implement water plan recommendations and recommit the region to water-use conservation and demand management, both of which are cornerstones of the water plan. View archived copies of the newsletters to the right.
Regional Water Demand Report
The "Regional Water Demand Scenarios for Northeastern Illinois: 2005-2050, Project Completion Report" is available for download (1.2MB PDF). Conducted by Southern Illinois University Carbondale on behalf of the ongoing regional water supply planning process orchestrated by CMAP and funded by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, the new study reveals important consequences of population growth for the region by the year 2050. The study generated three water demand scenarios by major water user sectors and geographical subareas within the region. The scenarios represent water withdrawals under a current trends or "baseline" scenario (CT scenario) as well as under a less resource intensive (LRI) scenario and a more resource intensive (MRI) scenario. While the CT scenario assumes a continuation of recent trends for the variables modeled, resulting in a 36% overall increase in water withdrawals by 2050, the region's public water supply needs could grow up to 55 percent by 2050 under the MRI scenario. The report served as an important input to the 11-county water supply planning process as well as the study of impacts conducted by the Illinois State Water Survey.
Residential Water Use in Northeastern Illinois Report
Following the Regional Water Demand Report, the "Residential Water Use in Northeastern Illinois: Estimating Water-Use Effects of In-Fill Growth Versus Exurban Expansion" takes a closer look at the region's residential water-use data and is also available for download (515 KB PDF). The purpose of this report, conducted by Southern Illinois University Carbondale, is to determine the water-demand effects that would result from geographically differential patterns of population growth associated with different types of housing within the 11-county study area in Northeastern Illinois. This report supplements the attempted evaluation of the intra-regional shifts in population growth which were assumed in the Less Resource Intensive (LRI) and More Resource Intensive (MRI)scenarios of the previous study – Regional Water Demand Scenarios for Northeastern Illinois: 2005-2050 – but was unsuccessful due to the aggregated nature of the water-use data.
Full-Cost Water Pricing Guidebook
CMAP, in partnership with Illinois Indiana Sea Grant and the University of Illinois Extension, has developed an expert-reviewed manual that explores full-cost pricing as a tool for local decision makers interested in sustainably managing community water supply -- Full-Cost Water Pricing Guidebook for Sustainable Community Water Systems.
Visit www.cmap.illinois.gov/water-2050/full-cost-water-pricing to download the guidebook. To learn more about the Full Cost Pricing Program contact MSchneemann@cmap.illinois.gov or visit www.iisgcp.org/water_supply/water_rates.html.
For more information on Water 2050 Implementation, contact Tim Loftus of CMAP at 312-386-8666.
View the archives of the Water 2050 Update newsletter.
RWSPG Archive Documents
Draft Planning Principles
RWSPG Operational Guidelines
RWSPG Project Timeline-Project Completion
RWSPG Schedule (October 2009-February 2010)
2008 Survey of Water Utilities
2008 Household Water Use Survey
Northeastern IL Water Demand to 2050 Report