Chicago Water Council Locates Residents Without Water, And There’s More

Posted on August 28, 2020 by

Amid COVID-19, Freshwater Future has doubled down on their support for water councils through the Great Lake region to ensure people have running water in their homes.

In April of 2020, a reporter in Chicago, IL disclosed information cultivated through an investigation on the number of Chicago residents living without running water. Revealing a staggering 150,000 reports on water disconnection since 2011. With handwashing being the top preventive measure aside from social distancing and wearing a mask, the Chicago Water Council (CWC) has been working to understand the present situation for the rest of the community.

As a result, the CWC has discovered local residents without running water. Partnering with the Center at Englewood organization as they serve hundreds of residents by hosting a food distribution point, CWC now has a place within Englewood to provide free bottled water while working with the residents to pinpoint who is living without water.

Freshwater Future has assisted by establishing a working relationship between the two organizations in addition to coordinating with Elevate Energy to have bottled water delivered to the Center at Englewood for CWC. The Chicago Water Council has been working tirelessly to support and aid their community amid COVID-19 with a goal of continuing the work with the support of Freshwater Future to locate homes living through this pandemic without a basic human need — access to clean, safe, and affordable drinking water.


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