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SB 280 Regional Water Commissions Act
(Signed by Gov. Pritzker on December 16, 2021 and is effective immediately)
During the state legislative veto session that concluded last week, Senate Bill 280 was amended to enable the creation of a southwest suburban regional water commission and unanimously passed by both chambers. This legislation was supported by the City of Joliet and many other communities in the region as a means of working together to solve regional water issues.
We especially thank our principal bill sponsors: State Rep. and Majority Caucus Whip Larry Walsh, Jr., and State Senator John Connor.
We also thank our other Joliet-area legislators who served as principal co-sponsors: State Rep. and Assistant Majority Leader Natalie A. Manley, State Senator Meg Loughran Cappel, and State Rep. Dagmara “Dee” Avelar.
Among others, supporters of this legislation included: Will County Executive Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant, Will County Governmental League, Metro West Council of Government, Illinois Municipal League, Will and Grundy County Building Trades, Chicago and Cook County Building Trades, AFL-CIO and City of Chicago.
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.