The Metropolitan Planning Council, along with partners the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP), the Illinois Section of the American Water Works Association and the Metropolitan Mayors Caucus, have created a peer-to-peer learning exchange and local technical assistance program — called the Drinking Water 1-2-3 Academy — to further assist communities in implementing best practices featured in MPC’s Drinking Water 1-2-3 guide.
Part one of this program is a series of four half-day events across the region that feature education about key best practices that target important local issues for decision makers and the communities they serve. The audience for these events is elected officials, community leaders and top municipal staff, and speakers will include community leaders and water experts with an emphasis on peer-to-peer learning and example case studies from the region.
The third regional event, held in partnership with the Northwest Water Planning Alliance, is coming up on Tuesday, July 23rd in Elgin. Key event topics will include free data and cost saving strategies, latest tips for water rate setting, and sensible salting practices.
The fourth and final regional event will be held on September 12th in Barrington, focusing on how to incorporate water supply management needs and goals into community comprehensive plans, and demand forecasting. More information is available here.
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