Illinois Now Allows Recycling of Water for “Non-Consumption Purposes”

In August, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn signed three bills into law concerning the state’s water quality. One, effective immediately, allows recycled water to be used for “non-consumption purposes.”  The law’s sponsors state:

Large-scale, non-consumption irrigation projects – such as the maintenance of parks and golf courses – use enormous quantities of drinking-quality water. House Bill 248, sponsored by Rep. Karen May (D-Highland Park) and Sen. Susan Garrett, (D-Lake Forest), allows the North Shore Sanitary District to supply sustainable, environmentally-friendly treated wastewater to identified partners. The recycled wastewater will save large volumes of treated drinking water.

Professor Mike Bryson examines our water issues in this fall’s offering of SUST 220 Water, which meets selected Saturdays in Schaumburg as well as online.  The semester starts September 12, and spaces are available in this unique and informative course.  If you are interested in enrolling, find out more by visiting our Sustainability Studies website, calling 1-877-277-5978 (1-877-APPLY RU) or emailing

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