Board supports Northwest water planning

By on May 7, 2010

by Keith Beebe
Sugar Grove—The Sugar Grove Village Board on Tuesday was the latest municipality to confirm its support of the implementation of the Water 2050 plan, which will seek to satisfy an expected increase in supply and demand for drinking water in the 11-county planning area by the year 2050.

Prior to the board’s vote, Village Engineer Peter Wallers presented a slide-show outlining the necessity for the Water 2050 plan. Wallers serves as a consultant to Metro West Council of Government, the organization responsible for initially spearheading the water plan.

“It’s really important, and it could be a crisis in the future,” Village President Sean Michels said. “If we don’t address it now, we’re being very short-sighted. The fact that we’re getting a large number of municipalities and governmental bodies to come together and not have (the plan) mandated, I think it’s a real step in the right direction.”

The plan outlines a scenario in which demand for public water in Northeastern Illinois steadily escalates as the region’s population continues to increase over the next 40 years. According to the plan, Northeastern Illinois currently withdraws a little over 1,500 million gallons per day, a figure that will likely increase to more than 2,000 million gallons per day by the year 2050.

So far, the Water 2050 plan has received support from several different municipalities, and is currently being discussed by DeKalb, Kane, Kendall, Lake and McHenry counties. Boone County is still undecided about whether or not it wants to participate.

In addition to supporting the water plan, the Village Board members had kind words for Wallers.

“Pete’s not doing this because he has to. He’s doing this because it’s his passion,” trustee Melisa Taylor said. “The time that I’ve watched this man put in trying to help (the situation) move along is very impressive.”