JOLIET CONGRESSIONAL VISIT
On Friday, July 9th Congressman Bill Foster (IL - 11th District) and Congresswoman Lauren Underwood (IL - 14th District) visited the Reedwood Water Main Replacement Project in Joliet to get a first-hand update on the City's ongoing efforts to maintain and improve its water supply infrastructure. Representatives Foster and Underwood recently led a successful effort to include $3.5 million of federal funding for Joliet's Water Main Replacement and Alternative Water Source Programs in the Fiscal Year 2022 House Appropriations Bill. The funds were included through the Community Project Funding initiative.
The Representatives met with Mayor Bob O'Dekirk, Director of Public Utilities Allison Swisher, and Deputy Director of Field Operations Bill Baltz. Consultant staff Ally Fields (CMT) and Tim Carter (Baxter and Woodman) were also present for the site visit.
OUR WATER SOURCE
With current usage rates, the City of Joliet’s existing water source will no longer be sustainable by 2030.
YOUR WATER USE
An average family of four uses 881 gallons of water per week just by flushing the toilet. Replacing 3.5 gallon toilets with low flow toilets can save a household 12,000 gallons of water each year.
HOW WE CAN CONSERVE
When you conserve water you also save money. Turn off the tap while you brush your teeth. Reduce your showering time to 5 minutes.
THE VALUE OF WATER
The average household pays five times as much money for cell phones than they do for water.