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Advancing Solutions to Water Affordability

Elevate Energy

  • Program Environment
  • Program Area Addressing the Freshwater Challenge
  • Grant Amount $150,000
  • Grant Period July 1, 2019–June 30, 2021
  • Location Chicago, IL, United States
  • Geographic Focus Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin

About this grant

There is growing concern in the Great Lakes region and across the nation about the rising cost of water, the need to invest $1 trillion in upgrades in water infrastructure nationally over the next 25 years, and the burden this will place on low income households. Elevate Energy has worked from its base in Chicago to address affordability issues in the energy sector. With this grant, the grantee will bring together community groups and water professionals from across the Great Lakes region to share research, lessons learned, and advance solutions to issues of water affordability, work one-on-one with a water utility to pilot specific solutions, and explore the feasibility of establishing a region-wide water affordability technical assistance program for Great Lakes utilities.