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Private water utilities raise consumer bills by $220 million to pay for acquisitions

Over the past eight years, private water utilities Illinois American Water and Aqua Illinois have been buying up aging water and wastewater systems across the state. As of February 2021, these for-profit companies have purchased more than thirty local water and wastewater systems since 2013 and have recovered the acquisition…...

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Water efficiency pays, just ask this CUB volunteer

Water efficiency does pay, at least that’s what CUB volunteer Joseph Chang thinks. Joseph, an environmental project engineer with a background in water and waste engineering, came to CUB in February. He was looking for a way to put his data analytics background to good use in an area of…...

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Save water and money with Chicago’s MeterSave program

The City of Chicago offers residential single-family and two-flat homeowners the option of having a water meter installed to help them save water–and money–through the MeterSave program. Water bills in homes without meters are tied to to various factors, from building size to number of plumbing fixtures. But with a water…...

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CUB’s summer vacation

“You have made a tremendous difference in our lives. You made us feel like someone is looking out for the little guys.” Two young parents, for whom CUB helped get the gas turned back on, said those kind words to us in a recent email. We live for helping Illinois…...

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