Public Money on Private Lands: WMRD Proposed Legislation and GSI Cost Sharing

The Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago (MWRD) is currently promoting pending House Bill 4659, which advances a Residential Cost Share Program that seeks reduction of basement backup flooding, and elimination of sewer system infiltration and inflow. The proposed legislation would permit MWRD to help fund work on private property, via cost share programs with local municipalities. Possible cost-share residential improvements could include: sewer lateral re-lining or replacement; installation of overhead sewers or other backflow prevention devices; and green infrastructure such as cisterns and rain ga