The City of Evanston has been awarded a technical assistance grant from the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning to help develop a water conservation program.

The project, City Manager Wally Bobkiewicz says, is intendend to develop a program the city’s utlity department and residents can use “to promote good stewardship of water resources.

The City of Evanston has been awarded a technical assistance grant from the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning to help develop a water conservation program.

The project, City Manager Wally Bobkiewicz says, is intendend to develop a program the city’s utlity department and residents can use “to promote good stewardship of water resources.

The award, which provides staff help from CMAP rather than cash funding, is one of 64 announced today for communities, non-profits and intergovernmental organizations across the metro area.

Bobkiewicz praised General Planner Craig Sklenar, Assistant Utilities Superintendent Lara Biggs and Sustainable Programs Coordinator Catherine Hurley for their work in putting together the successful grant proposal.

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Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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  1. Water rate increase?

    Another conservation program?    See "Cartoon: Save some now, spend more later

    Is it in the city  of Evanston's or people"s interest to conserve water when staff gets up at the budget meetings and claims they need to increase the water  rates because people are conserving water?
    The logic of all this is escaping me.

    What staff support do we need from this agency?  It appears they have extra staff doing nothing also? (Layoffs to lower our water rates? A novel idea.)

     

     

  2. Ponzinomics

    Is it in the city  of Evanston's or people"s interest to conserve water when staff gets up at the budget meetings and claims they need to increase the water  rates because people are conserving water?
    The logic of all this is escaping me.

    If I understand Ponzi correctly, he is saying that we should waste water so that we can get a lower rate for water.  

    If we follow this logic, we should always get the 'Super Size' drink,  even if we don't want 64oz. of sugar water and will throw away most of it , because it has a lower price per ounce.   We should buy a dozen eggs instead of half a dozen, even if that means that we will throw away 6 or 7 eggs, because the price per egg is cheaper when you buy a full dozen.  When I am driving from Central Street to Oakton Street, I should take a detour up to Waukegan on the highway so that I can get better gas mileage.  

    Is that what Ponzi wants?   Enquiring minds want to know.

    1. Mr Who – If you followed

      Mr Who – If you followed another one of my cartoons – you would see lowering the rate will lead to more water use. Lower unit cost increased use.  ( Ponzi did not create that – economic 101 )

      Mr Who you make an error – you assume people are wasting if they use more water.  Maybe people can not afford the excessive increases so they are forced to do without. The city after raising rates 10% this year wants another 30%, what is more interesting the city is taking money out of the water fund and putting into the general fund. Rather than raising the property tax rate they are raising your water rate, maybe you can explain the economics that is going on here? ( shell game?)

      Last time I filed a FOI – there were hundreds of people who could not make their payments on their rwater bills.   Most owed between $200 to $500.  interesting there was one case of someone owing $8,000. and the city did not shut the water off.   High water cost leads to more and more people not affording to be able to pay.

      I remember one case some years back the city shut off the water in a woman's house during the summer and she died due to heat related issues, they were trying to evict her.( this was before the economy tanked)

      Lowering the rates during the summer, will benefit residents that are struggling and will increase sales to make up the difference.

      If you want to do something productive – look into the yard waste sticker screw up – why did the city under sell the yard waste stickers by $700,000. ( Only sold $200,000) – my enquiring mind would like to know and so should you.  

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