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00000178-3092-da2f-a5fe-fbbf0c360003The GLT newsroom decided to explore the future of water in McLean County in August of last year, long before news broke about lead contamination in Flint, Michigan’s drinking water. It was a prescient decision. Not only did the Flint example focus national attention on the safety of public water supplies, but the on-going drought in California also called attention to the need for communities to plan for adequate amounts of drinking water.This five-part investigative news series centers on the state of water in McLean County and what threats lie ahead. You’ll learn how Lakes Bloomington and Evergreen shape up as primary water resources, and you’ll hear about possible solutions to saving water and improving its quality.

Equinox House Models Rainwater Collection

An increasing number of people are seeking ways to better conserve water and decrease water contamination. Ty Newell is a retired engineering professor from the University of Illinois.

He's been working to make his home in Urbana a model of conservation and energy efficiency by collecting rain water for use in a range of household purposes. Newell recently gave a tour of his home to WGLT's Michael Hill.

The Equinox House also features solar panels that produce more than enough energy to power his home and two electric cars. Among the other unique features at the home is a clean air system that monitors the amount of dust and other allergens in the air, as well as foam insulation that keeps warm air out in the summer and cool air out in the winter.

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