Join Friends of the Chicago River’s new program - Overflow Action Days.  The program asks residents of the region to conserve water before and during rain events to lessen the chance of an overflow. Visit the Overflow Action Days website at www.chicagoriver.org/overflowaction, to sign the pledge and find educational materials for water conservation.  

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Overflow Action Days: Water Conservation to Protect Our Rivers

Mon Mar 14, 2016 at 03:59 PM

Join Friends of the Chicago River’s new program - Overflow Action Days.  The program asks residents of the region to conserve water before and during rain events to lessen the chance of an overflow. Visit the Overflow Action Days website at www.chicagoriver.org/overflowaction, to sign the pledge and find educational materials for water conservation.

Sewer overflows present a tremendous threat to the health of the Chicago River system and the people and wildlife that share it. Because most of the metropolitan Chicago area has combined sewers – where household and industrial waste mixes with stormwater – a heavy rainstorm can overwhelm the sewer system and trigger a sewer overflow, flushing untreated sewage and other pollutants directly into our rivers.

Friends of the Chicago River have announced a new program called Overflow Action Days.  The program, which targets this harmful pollution, asks residents of the region to conserve water before and during rain events and to consider river-sensitive landscaping and disconnecting downspouts to keep rainwater out of the sewers to lessen the chance of an overflow. Visit the Overflow Action Days website at www.chicagoriver.org/overflowaction, to sign the pledge and find educational materials for water conservation.