Editorial: A cool glass of Lake Michigan water. Cheap for some, irrationally expensive for others.
Aqueducts and other components of water supply infrastructure in these communities have been derelict for years or even decades. Companies and jobs have fled many southern and western suburbs, shedding their tax bases and leaving the communities with dwindling coffers when it comes to money for the maintenance and repair of water infrastructure. Pipes start leaking, forcing cities to charge more. According to a 2017 Tribune investigation, more than 25 billion gallons of seawater leaked from the region’s system in 2016, costing $ 44 million. Five western and southern suburbs – Burnham, East Hazel Crest, Hometown, Maywood, and Poznan – lost at least a third of their water supplies in 2016.