By Anna Lothson
Oak Park's first water conservation and efficiency plan is expected to be in front of the village board for adoption by midsummer, according to K.C. Poulos, Oak Park's sustainability manager.
Development of the plan began in May of 2011 and has been going through a variety of steps, including public meetings, community focus groups and an open house. The program focuses on water supply issues and how water can be conserved throughout the village to achieve environmental benefits and cost savings.
Currently, Poulos said the plan is being reviewed by field experts before it's presented to the board.
Once adopted, village staff will work with a team of environmental consultants and community stakeholders to address water conservation at a utility and agency-wide level.
Besides the conservation purpose, one reason the village is looking to increase its water efficiency efforts is to combat the rate hikes from the city of Chicago, a price that will rise each year for the next three years.