Suffredin- Changing County Government  
 

Accountability
Forest Preserves
Public Safety
Cook County Budget
Forest Pres. Budget
Property Tax Appeal
Health & Hospitals
Land Bank Authority
Policy Resolutions
Unsung Heroine

 

   
 
   
   
 
   
     
  Office phone numbers:  
   
 
 

Search current and proposed Cook County Legislation in Larry's exclusive legislative library.

   
 

The Cook County Code of Ordinances are the current laws of Cook County.

   
  The Cook County Law Library is the second largest County law library in the nation.
   
     
     
     



Sloan Valve Co., MWRD announce public/private partnership pilot program to demonstrate water conservation

Thursday, December 15, 2016
Special to suffredin.org
by MWRD

For immediate release

December 15, 2016

Sloan Valve Co., MWRD announce public/private partnership pilot program to demonstrate water conservation

The Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago (MWRD) Board of Commissioners presented a resolution to Chuck Allen (front, second from left), president of Sloan Valve, Jack Darin, director of the Illinois Chapter of the Sierra Club, Margaret Frisbie, executive director of the Friends of the Chicago River, and James Coyne, business manager for Plumbers Local 130, for their support in launching a pilot program at the MWRD that will encourage businesses and operators of government facilities to think about conserving water every time they flush.

The Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago (MWRD) Board of Commissioners announced a water conservation pilot program at the MWRD's main headquarters at 100 E. Erie St., Chicago, that could save 585,000 gallons of water annually. Sloan Valve Company, a manufacturer specializing in plumbing valves and fixtures, has donated 15 hybrid urinals for use in MWRD's main office. These special units clean the lines behind the trap with a burst of one gallon of water every 72 hours saving 39,000 gallons of water per unit annually.

The MWRD is hoping that the success of this pilot program will encourage use of the hybrid urinal in businesses and government facilities throughout the county, which would have a dramatic effect on the 1.4 billion gallons of water treated per day at their seven water reclamation treatment plants.

"This technology not only benefits the environment but also the taxpayers of Cook County," said President Mariyana Spyropoulos, joined by fellow commissioners Barbara McGowan, Frank Avila, Tim Bradford, Martin Durkan, Josina Morita, Debra Shore, Kari Steele and David Walsh. "Government should be leading the charge on environmental issues rather than being reactionary. I'd like to extend a friendly challenge to all other branches of local government to join us on the front end of this conservation effort and help protect our greatest natural resource, Lake Michigan. To be able to encourage such a diverse coalition to join forces on such an important issue shows what we can accomplish when we work cohesively."

The hybrid urinal technology was designed by Sloan Valve in an effort to meet growing concerns over water conservation, while at the same time providing an efficient, low maintenance, hygienic and odor-free product.

"Sloan Valve is ecstatic to partner with the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District and is encouraged this pilot program has the support of the Sierra Club, Friends of the Chicago River and Plumbers Local 130," said Chuck Allen, president of Sloan Valve. "Everyone has to be committed and work together if we're going to affect real change in water conservation."

"Friends of the Chicago River encourages all of our government partners to take the District's water conservation challenge through every measure possible including using smart technologies like water-reducing urinals and promoting Overflow Action Days," said Friends' Executive Director Margaret Frisbie. "If we all work together, we can protect clean water and reduce flooding and pollution to the river."

The 15 hybrid urinals will be installed this January by MWRD Local 130 plumbers, making the MWRD the first unit of local government in Cook County to utilize the technology. "Local 130 has been at the forefront of water and gray water conservation issues, and we're proud to support this pilot program," said James Coyne, business manager for Plumbers Local 130.

"This pilot program is the result of the public and private sectors working together," said Vice President McGowan. "These types of partnerships are essential to solving our growing water quality issues in Cook County."

The MWRD and Sloan Valve are both members of U.S. EPA WaterSense, a partnership program designed to enhance the market for water-efficient products and services by making it easier for consumers and others to find products that use less water. The MWRD signed on as a governmental member of WaterSense in 2012, and Sloan Valve Co. is a product manufacturer partner.


Recent Headlines

Morning Spin: Coke, Pepsi, Dr Pepper give campaign cash in soda tax fight
Thursday, September 21, 2017
Chicago Tribune

Cook County’s ‘health’ lie, in black and white
Thursday, September 21, 2017
Chicago Tribune

Illinois Medical District to get largest ambulance garage in Cook County
Wednesday, September 20, 2017
Crain's Chicago Business

Family Health Network Members Join CountyCare
Wednesday, September 20, 2017
Special to suffredin.org

Cook County Health to buy piece of struggling insurer's Medicaid biz
Wednesday, September 20, 2017
Crain's Chicago Business

Chief judge names acting public guardian for Cook County
Wednesday, September 20, 2017
Chicago Tribune

Cook County sweetened beverage sales continue to decline
Tuesday, September 19, 2017
Chicago Sun-Times

New bond court rules take effect, but not much of an effect
Tuesday, September 19, 2017
Chicago Sun-Times

Bond court gets underway in Cook County with different judges, new guidelines
Monday, September 18, 2017
Chicago Tribune

Harwood Heights adds retail theft as ordinance violation
Monday, September 18, 2017

Cook County’s Homeland Security interim chief resigns
Monday, September 18, 2017
Chicago Sun-Times

Cook County's social worker for the dead helps the unclaimed find final resting places
Monday, September 18, 2017
Chicago Tribune

After legal challenges, Cook County's court for unwed parents quietly goes away
Monday, September 18, 2017
Chicago Tribune

Welcome to Cook County, Mayor Bloomberg. You're getting played on the soda tax.
Friday, September 15, 2017
Chicago Tribune

Evans reshuffles bond court; meet the ‘Pretrial Division’
Friday, September 15, 2017
Chicago Daily Law Bulletin

Editorial: The Cook County Board's legacy: Killing Cook County jobs
Friday, September 15, 2017
Chicago Tribune

If the soda tax were out of sight, would it be out of mind?
Friday, September 15, 2017
Chicago Tribune

Cook County Board delays showdown over soda tax until October 10, and other Chicago news
Thursday, September 14, 2017
Chicago Reader

City reports record number of Chicagoans with health insurance
Thursday, September 14, 2017
Crain's Chicago Business

Morning Spin: 10 key numbers in Cook County soda tax repeal debate
Wednesday, September 13, 2017
Chicago Tribune

all news items

Paid for by Larry Suffredin and not at taxpayer expense. A Haymarket Production.
^ TOP