It’s Infrastructure Week, and Illinois officials are taking a closer look at systems that deliver water to our homes and businesses and reduce flooding from stormwater runoff. 

Roughly 900 miles of the Chicago region’s water system is more than a century old, and leaks are an all too common problem. In fact, around 22 billion gallons of treated water is lost each year through leaky pipes and broken lines. Fixing these leaks is expensive, and many communities have historically struggled to cover the costs. 

Hear more about the region’s water infrastructure needs in this Morning Shift interview with David St. Pierre, executive director of the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Great Chicago