The theme for this year's World Water Day, celebrated on Monday, March 22, was valuing water. One way to think about the value of water is through its cost. Population growth and industrial development have led to increasing groundwater withdrawals in northeastern Illinois. In some areas, groundwater is withdrawn faster than it is replaced, leading to decreasing yields, more pumping demands, and the search for alternative water sources — all of which increase the cost of providing water.
To help municipalities coordinate and conserve our shared water supply, CMAP worked with Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant to develop regional water data. CMAP also made a video that highlights five ways communities can use this data. Watch the video.