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Chicago Water Department Ignores New Technology so it can Tear Up Streets and Kill Trees

DNAinfo 22 July 2019 No Comment

For months, Andersonville residents have been sounding the alarm over the potential loss of fully mature trees in their neighborhood.

The city said their hands were tied and the trees needed to fall so new water mains could be installed beneath them.
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But despite promises to explore every option to save the trees, the city’s Department of Water Management didn’t pursue a non-invasive technology that has the potential to cut costs while saving the city’s most valuable and vulnerable trees.

The water department said that due to century-old water lines and the need to meet Illinois EPA standards, crews would need to dig large trenches to replace aging lines, causing the loss of many trees whose root systems would be compromised.

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