Creating a water conservation and efficiency plan provides direction (i.e. water conservation/efficiency goals) and specific programs (e.g. toilet rebate, lawn watering restrictions, etc.) for meeting those goals. Public information and outreach will be necessary while drafting the plan and also while communicating the plan's goals and programs once the plan is complete. Choosing what programs to incorporate should reflect the current conditions of the service area, have sufficient water savings potential to accommodate a community's goals, and have a locally appropriate cost/benefit balance. Water 2050: Northeastern Illinois Regional Water Supply/Demand Plan (pages 91-124) has a comprehensive guide of potential programs including general descriptions, funding options, and other helpful information.
CMAP has provided water conservation and efficiency planning to two communities in the region through the Local Technical Assistance (LTA) Program. Learn more at the project websites.
- Evanstion Water Conservation and Efficiency Plan
- Oak Park Water Conservation and Efficiency Plan
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