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Estimating the Cost of Flooding

I’ve learned that it’s good to go into sewer meetings prepared! In June, a meeting of the Wilmette Village Board featured a “value engineering” study of the proposed Storm Sewer Improvement project. In preparing for the meeting, I decided it was important to counterbalance the estimated cost for …

Rain Barrels: A Partial Solution?

How do you like my new rain barrel setup? Not bad, right? Now picture this: During yesterday’s downpour, water was shooting out the downspout into the rain barrel on the right. Within a couple of minutes, the barrel was overflowing, splooshing old stagnant water out the top and …