The Case for Fixing the Leaks: America’s Crumbling Water Infrastructure Wastes Billions of Gallons, Dollars
Great Lakes Region Urged to Adopt Improved Water Management Practices
Every day in America, we lose nearly six billion gallons of expensive, treated water due to crumbling infrastructure. Leaky, aging pipes and outdated systems are wasting 2.1 trillion gallons annually. That’s roughly 16% of our nation’s daily water use. Or, enough to swallow several major American cities whole:
- Manhattan under 298 feet of water
- Minneapolis under 172 feet of water
- Cleveland under 122 feet of water
- Milwaukee under 104 feet of water
- Detroit under 70 feet of water
- Chicago under 43 feet of water
The Center for Neighborhood Technology (CNT), a Chicago-based nonprofit focused on sustainable cities, today released a report titled The Case for Fixing the Leaks, part of a collaborative campaign focused on Great Lakes states, calling for leadership in improved water management.
Wednesday, December 4th, 2013 at 4:02 pm
The US Congressional House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure’s Special Panel on 21st Century Freight Transportation recently released a report examining the state of US freight transportation. It offers recommendations for capitalizing on freight assets to strengthen the economy, and stresses investing in railways to move freight more efficiently. This position differs from the one currently taken by authorities in northeastern Illinois that favors myopic investment in major highway projects.
Right now, Chicagoland is at a crossroads. According to the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP), the region will experience a 60% increase in truck volume and 62% increase in rail volume by 2040 (from a 2007 baseline). The current and projected uptick in freight traffic brings with it a heated debate about what type of infrastructure investment will keep cargo movements running as smoothly and efficiently as possible.
Thursday, October 31st, 2013 at 3:40 pm
This morning, Chicago residents awoke to a stark reminder that the built environment doesn’t always do well in the rain. The two inches that fell overnight caused major problems for commuters, closing two interstate ramps, forcing buses to be rerouted, and causing significant delays for commuters all across the city. Leaving a destructive wake of flooded basements and washed-out streets in its path, urban flooding seems like an exceptional weather event whenever it happens, but a recent report from the Center for Neighborhood Technology (CNT) shows that the problem is both chronic and costly.
CNT’s report, The Prevalence and Cost of Urban Flooding, is the first of its kind to analyze claims data from flood damage and sewer- and drain-backups. One of the key findings was that claims were made across 96 percent of Cook County ZIP codes, including those that contain no federally designated floodplains.
Wednesday, October 16th, 2013 at 1:26 pm
35 Facts for CNT’s 35 Years: Each week we’ll expand on one fun fact. Enjoy!
#32 Energy Impact Illinois
In early 2010, CNT Energy learned about the major national initiative to use American Recovery & Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funds for energy efficiency projects that also created jobs and general prosperity. Locally, the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) applied for and was awarded ARRA funds from the US Department of Energy to align all of the energy efficiency programs serving the Chicagoland region into one easily recognizable place. As CNT and CNT Energy had already helped establish the need for coordinated regional energy efficiency efforts through work on things like the Chicago Climate Action Plan, Chicago Regional Energy Snapshot, and the Municipal Energy Profile Program (MEPP), we applied for and won a competitive bidding process to serve as CMAP’s implementation agency, overseeing the execution of all the program that would become Energy Impact Illinois.