Communities are paying the price for deteriorating water infrastructure: unreliable service, rising water rates, and flooded neighborhoods. Our environment suffers as well, with increased pollution of rivers and lakes and severe physical damage to landscapes and habitat.

CNT is helping communities find smart, practical solutions to these problems.

2012 sees the launch of CNT’s “Smart Water for Smart Regions” initiative, which will include new research, inventive solutions, and regional advocacy focused on water supply and stormwater in the eight Great Lakes states (Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin).
“Smart Water for Smart Regions” fact sheet (.pdf) ››
“People, Water, and the Great Lakes: Ready for Change?” report (.pdf) ››

The initiative will help communities deliver water services to homes and businesses more efficiently, effectively, and transparently, while sustaining the region’s water resources. Over the next two years, CNT will focus on helping communities alleviate costly water leakage and property damage from flooding.


Water Program Director
Harriet Festing

The “Smart Water for Smart Regions” initiative is made possible with support from the Joyce Foundation and State Farm. CNT partners in the initiative include the Alliance for Water Efficiency, American Water Works Association, Great Lakes Commission, and the Water Environment Federation.


Who is CNT?

The Center for Neighborhood Technology (CNT) is a creative think-and-do tank that combines rigorous research with effective solutions. CNT works across disciplines and issues, including transportation and community development, energy, water, and climate change.

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People, Water, and the Great Lakes: Ready for Change?

The “Smart Water for Smart Regions” initiative offers a blueprint for the responsible and sustainable utilization of water in the Great Lakes states. (567.8kb) – Report

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