Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago

Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago Established in 1889, the MWRD is an award-winning, special purpose government agency responsible for wastewater treatment and stormwater management in Cook County, Illinois.

The MWRD’s corporate boundaries are located within Cook County, Illinois. We serve an area of 883 square miles which includes the City of Chicago and 125 suburban communities, including 5.25 million people plus a commercial and industrial equivalent of 4.5 million people. The MWRD's 554 miles of intercepting sewers and force mains range in size from 12 inches to 27 feet in diameter, and are fed by

The MWRD’s corporate boundaries are located within Cook County, Illinois. We serve an area of 883 square miles which includes the City of Chicago and 125 suburban communities, including 5.25 million people plus a commercial and industrial equivalent of 4.5 million people. The MWRD's 554 miles of intercepting sewers and force mains range in size from 12 inches to 27 feet in diameter, and are fed by

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🦋 Here is excellent information about monarch butterflies 🦋
09/09/2021

🦋 Here is excellent information about monarch butterflies 🦋

Here is a refresher on the history of the construction of the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal which also includes a few ...
09/08/2021

Here is a refresher on the history of the construction of the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal which also includes a few of our historical photos. You can also find the article on our website at https://mwrd.org/sites/default/files/documents/A_River_Reversed_090821.pdf

Historical Photo of the Day: Construction of aeration tanks at the Calumet Water Reclamation Plant (WRP) on June 8, 1934...
09/08/2021

Historical Photo of the Day: Construction of aeration tanks at the Calumet Water Reclamation Plant (WRP) on June 8, 1934. The Calumet WRP is the oldest of the seven MWRD WRPs. At present the plant’s service population is over one million people in an area of about 300 square miles.

Historical Photo of the Day: Construction of aeration tanks at the Calumet Water Reclamation Plant (WRP) on June 8, 1934. The Calumet WRP is the oldest of the seven MWRD WRPs. At present the plant’s service population is over one million people in an area of about 300 square miles.

Historical Photo of the Day: A view to the east at the intersection of Broadway and Surf Street in Chicago's Lake View n...
09/07/2021

Historical Photo of the Day: A view to the east at the intersection of Broadway and Surf Street in Chicago's Lake View neighborhood on December 8, 1915. At the time of the photos, Surf Street was called York Place.

Historical Photo of the Day: A view to the east at the intersection of Broadway and Surf Street in Chicago's Lake View neighborhood on December 8, 1915. At the time of the photos, Surf Street was called York Place.

Historical Photo of the Day: Tunnel excavation during construction of a section of the West Town outlet sewer on January...
09/06/2021

Historical Photo of the Day: Tunnel excavation during construction of a section of the West Town outlet sewer on January 29, 1937. #labor #laborday #laborday2021 🇺🇲

Historical Photo of the Day: Tunnel excavation during construction of a section of the West Town outlet sewer on January 29, 1937. #labor #laborday #laborday2021 🇺🇲

Celebrating the men and women of Labor today and every day! 🇺🇲 #LaborDay #laborday2021
09/06/2021

Celebrating the men and women of Labor today and every day! 🇺🇲 #LaborDay #laborday2021

Celebrating the men and women of Labor today and every day! 🇺🇲 #LaborDay #laborday2021

🗓Save the date for two shredding events coming up. A paper shredding opportunity takes place in #Crestwood on Sat., Sept...
09/05/2021

🗓Save the date for two shredding events coming up. A paper shredding opportunity takes place in #Crestwood on Sat., Sept 11 from 9am-11am at the Ozinga Field Parking lot, 14011 Kenton Ave. Bring your confidential documents, old newspapers, etc. but remove staples, paper clips and binder clips.
On Sat., Sept. 18 from 9am-11am, bring paper plus medications and electronics to Avondale-Logandale Elementary School, 3212 W. George St., #chicago 📰

Historical Photo of the Day: A view of the Jackson Boulevard Bridge, looking south down the South Branch of the Chicago ...
09/05/2021

Historical Photo of the Day: A view of the Jackson Boulevard Bridge, looking south down the South Branch of the Chicago River on May 26, 1916. The bascule style bridge was built by the Sanitary District (now MWRD) in 1915.

Historical Photo of the Day: A view of the Jackson Boulevard Bridge, looking south down the South Branch of the Chicago River on May 26, 1916. The bascule style bridge was built by the Sanitary District (now MWRD) in 1915.

Historical Photo of the Day: The Pennsylvania Railroad Bridge is pictured here on April 9, 1920, and in 2012. This verti...
09/04/2021

Historical Photo of the Day: The Pennsylvania Railroad Bridge is pictured here on April 9, 1920, and in 2012. This vertical-lift bridge is a Chicago Landmark and was constructed in 1914. It's located on the South Branch of the Chicago River between 18th Street and Cermak Road near Ping Tom Memorial Park.

Historical Photo of the Day: The Pennsylvania Railroad Bridge is pictured here on April 9, 1920, and in 2012. This vertical-lift bridge is a Chicago Landmark and was constructed in 1914. It's located on the South Branch of the Chicago River between 18th Street and Cermak Road near Ping Tom Memorial Park.

It’s new #JOBS listing Friday! Visit https://www.jobapscloud.com/mwrd/ to see all current and new job openings with deta...
09/03/2021

It’s new #JOBS listing Friday! Visit https://www.jobapscloud.com/mwrd/ to see all current and new job openings with detailed instructions on how to apply. #mwrd #careers #employment #water #cookcounty

It’s new #JOBS listing Friday! Visit https://www.jobapscloud.com/mwrd/ to see all current and new job openings with detailed instructions on how to apply. #mwrd #careers #employment #water #cookcounty

Wilbur Wright College will host its first TEDx Talk next Friday, Sept. 10, at 10 a.m. and #MWRD Asst. Director of Engine...
09/03/2021

Wilbur Wright College will host its first TEDx Talk next Friday, Sept. 10, at 10 a.m. and #MWRD Asst. Director of Engineering Kevin Fitzpatrick will be one of the guest speakers.
Kevin and the other speakers will discuss how #engineering plays a role in our lives and communities.
Learn more about the speakers and how to watch at https://www.ted.com/tedx/events/40413

Wilbur Wright College will host its first TEDx Talk next Friday, Sept. 10, at 10 a.m. and #MWRD Asst. Director of Engineering Kevin Fitzpatrick will be one of the guest speakers.
Kevin and the other speakers will discuss how #engineering plays a role in our lives and communities.
Learn more about the speakers and how to watch at https://www.ted.com/tedx/events/40413

Historical Photo of the Day: A view to the southwest showing construction of the Wilmette Pumping Station, lock and the ...
09/03/2021

Historical Photo of the Day: A view to the southwest showing construction of the Wilmette Pumping Station, lock and the Sheridan Road Bridge on November 2, 1910. The facility is located at the northern end of the North Shore Channel and was built between 1908 and 1910.

Historical Photo of the Day: A view to the southwest showing construction of the Wilmette Pumping Station, lock and the Sheridan Road Bridge on November 2, 1910. The facility is located at the northern end of the North Shore Channel and was built between 1908 and 1910.

Many thanks to the AP and WTTW - Chicago PBS for their coverage of this new platform for testing new sensing and analyti...
09/02/2021
Sensors Provide a Real-Time Glimpse at Chicago River Quality

Many thanks to the AP and WTTW - Chicago PBS for their coverage of this new platform for testing new sensing and analytic technologies to measure water quality parameters. Good job to all partners involved with this project. https://news.wttw.com/2021/09/02/sensors-provide-real-time-glimpse-chicago-river-quality?fbclid=IwAR1MXww3wM0M2-67_ezKr98A2HgE5M6VnokzeF_LYceCsEcc9r_BW9cNwU4

Rowers, kayakers and other users of the Chicago River are getting a real-time look at one measure of water quality in the system that weaves through downtown and several neighborhoods.

Our monthly newsletter "FLOW" (For the Love Of Water) has posted. Please read our news at this link https://mwrd.org/mwr...
09/02/2021

Our monthly newsletter "FLOW" (For the Love Of Water) has posted. Please read our news at this link https://mwrd.org/mwrd-flow-september-2021 Commissioner Kari K. Steele Commissioner Marcelino Garcia MWRD Commissioner Kimberly Neely du Buclet Cam Davis Josina Morita MWRD Commissioner Eira L. Corral Sepúlveda Debra Shore Mariyana Spyropoulos

Our monthly newsletter "FLOW" (For the Love Of Water) has posted. Please read our news at this link https://mwrd.org/mwrd-flow-september-2021 Commissioner Kari K. Steele Commissioner Marcelino Garcia MWRD Commissioner Kimberly Neely du Buclet Cam Davis Josina Morita MWRD Commissioner Eira L. Corral Sepúlveda Debra Shore Mariyana Spyropoulos

Today our commissioners paused to recognize MarySue Barrett for her 25 years at the helm of the Metropolitan Planning Co...
09/02/2021

Today our commissioners paused to recognize MarySue Barrett for her 25 years at the helm of the Metropolitan Planning Council. We commend MarySue for her commitment to area water quality improvement, stormwater management and bold vision to strengthen our communities with robust and resilient planning solutions! Commissioner Kari K. Steele Marcelino Garcia III Cam Davis MWRD Commissioner Kimberly Neely du Buclet Mariyana Spyropoulos Debra Shore Josina Morita MWRD Commissioner Eira L. Corral Sepúlveda

Read about our partnership with Southside Blooms  that recently  unveiled a new solar-powered in the Washington Park nei...
09/02/2021

Read about our partnership with Southside Blooms that recently unveiled a new solar-powered in the Washington Park neighborhood. The MWRD had previously delivered 278 tons of our EQ Compost to nurture the soil for the site at 5211 S. Prairie, Chicago, which includes 27 flower beds that are 100 feet long and four feet wide. Irrigation is powered through a solar panel installation and rain water harvesting system. The flower farm provides sustainable employment for at-risk youth.

Thanks to the support of the Emerald South Economic Development Collaborative, South East Chicago Commission, Office of Lt. Governor Juliana Stratton Justice, Equity, and Opportunity Initiative Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority Illinois Department of Agriculture and Alderman Pat Dowell we have brought this Southside blooms project site to reality. The flowers will enhance the community, provide jobs and provide a return on investment with subscription available at southsideblooms.com.

Flowers are grown without the use of pesticides, herbicides or synthetic fertilizers and are sold to the public with every purchase directly contributing to job creation for at-risk youth and young adults in some of Chicago's toughest neighborhoods.

Southside Blooms is a project of Chicago Eco House, a 501c3 nonprofit with a mission of using sustainability to alleviate poverty.

Click here to watch the video: https://youtu.be/bVTyi9r3TYw.
Commissioner Kari K. Steele Mariyana Spyropoulos MWRD Commissioner Kimberly Neely du Buclet

Congratulations to the Metropolitan Mayors Caucus on completing the 2021 Climate Action Plan for the Chicago Region. Tod...
09/02/2021

Congratulations to the Metropolitan Mayors Caucus on completing the 2021 Climate Action Plan for the Chicago Region. Today our commissioners introduced a resolution honoring the MMC for its collaboration and critical work to deliver one of the nation’s first regional climate action plans. The Chicago region was one of only four locations in the country selected by the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy to develop a plan to strategize and establish mitigation and adaptation goals. The MMC consulted with 270 stakeholders from 175 organizations, including the MWRD and rep­resentatives of 53 municipalities and counties to assist in identifying regional climate hazards and developing solutions based in social equity. We are fortunate to have many partners in our region working to address climate action! Commissioner Kari K. Steele MWRD Commissioner Kimberly Neely du Buclet Mariyana Spyropoulos Debra Shore Cam Davis Marcelino Garcia III Josina Morita MWRD Commissioner Eira L. Corral Sepúlveda

Historical Photo of the Day: A closed portion of Lower Wacker Drive in Chicago during work on a section of sewer on Janu...
09/02/2021

Historical Photo of the Day: A closed portion of Lower Wacker Drive in Chicago during work on a section of sewer on January 8, 1935.

Historical Photo of the Day: A closed portion of Lower Wacker Drive in Chicago during work on a section of sewer on January 8, 1935.

Happy September 1st!
09/02/2021

Happy September 1st!

Happy September 1st!

The Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago will hold its Board of Commissioners’ Meeting in person a...
09/01/2021

The Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago will hold its Board of Commissioners’ Meeting in person at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, September 2, 2021. The public is encouraged to view the proceedings via live stream at mwrd.org.

Public comment may be made in person at 100 East Erie Street during the Public Comment period. Everyone will be required to wear face masks regardless of vaccination status. The building will follow state social distancing guidelines, and there will be limited capacity in the Board Room.

The Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago will hold its Board of Commissioners’ Meeting in person at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, September 2, 2021. The public is encouraged to view the proceedings via live stream at mwrd.org.

Public comment may be made in person at 100 East Erie Street during the Public Comment period. Everyone will be required to wear face masks regardless of vaccination status. The building will follow state social distancing guidelines, and there will be limited capacity in the Board Room.

For immediate releaseSeptember 1, 2021 MWRD green infrastructure welcomes students back to UIC; Public entities encourag...
09/01/2021

For immediate release
September 1, 2021

MWRD green infrastructure welcomes students back to UIC; Public entities encouraged to apply for green infrastructure assistance now through Sept. 6.

A new sustainable outdoor plaza on campus at the University of Illinois Chicago (UIC) has created an inviting space to welcome students back for a new school year, while also drawing in stormwater to help reduce flooding and instill an education on the importance of green infrastructure.

Thanks to funding from the MWRD through its Green Infrastructure Partnership Opportunity Program, the new Arthington Mall Plaza outside UIC’s Student Center West, near 828 S. Wolcott Ave., offers UIC health sciences students a vibrant, attractive and resilient outdoor meeting place.

“We were proud to participate on this campus renovation to display an impressive form of green infrastructure that shelters UIC from flooding and educates students and faculty on the importance of green infrastructure,” said MWRD Commissioner Kimberly Du Buclet. “UIC is a world class university, and where better to learn how to plan our communities for a changing climate than right here with the best minds in science.”

The mall features 37,000 square feet of permeable pavement and rain gardens alongside a captivating sculpture by Ted Sitting Crow Garner. The local artist, UIC alumnus, and member of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe entitled his sculpture “Tussle” to inspire the UIC community. These green infrastructure amenities run for nearly two entire city blocks with a permeable parking lot, new LED lighting, seating areas and rain gardens packed with native plants and monarchs and other pollinators thriving under 24 mature, healthy honey-locust trees. Arthington Mall will be the first SITES certified university space in Illinois.

The Arthington Mall project was selected during the MWRD’s 2017 Green Infrastructure Call for Projects. The MWRD contributed $242,000 towards the green infrastructure pieces of the project which provide a total design retention capacity of 228,311 gallons per rain event.

“The MWRD funding helped make the UIC Arthington Mall green infrastructure project possible. It created a dynamic, attractive, educational space that benefits the environment by providing resilient infrastructure that retains water, creates pollinator habitats, and conserves energy,” said Cynthia Klein-Banai, assistant vice-chancellor and director of sustainability at the UIC Office of Planning, Sustainability, and Project Management.

The MWRD is now accepting applications for its 2021 call for green infrastructure projects through Sept. 6. Public entities, such as municipalities, townships, county agencies, park districts, school districts and other local government organizations are eligible to apply. To learn more, visit mwrd.org. Since 2017, the MWRD has completed or is planning to complete 60 green infrastructure projects throughout Cook County, with 21 projects on schedule for completion this year.

“We are receiving more intense outbursts of rain, causing serious flooding and new challenges and every inch of permeable space is important,” said MWRD President Kari K. Steele. “The MWRD is committed to further investment in stormwater management projects and green infrastructure throughout Cook County, and we commend UIC for their dedication to sustainability and protecting our water environment. We encourage other universities, local municipalities and public agencies to consider applying for green infrastructure funding from the MWRD.”

To learn more about the Arthington Mall project, visit sustainability.uic.edu.

In the photo: UIC officials and project partners dedicated the Arthington Mall Plaza and welcomed UIC Health Sciences students back to class during a program on Aug. 25. Speakers included (from L to R): Tol Foster, interim director of the UIC Native American Support Program; Angela Walden, director of the UIC Inclusion Initiatives Diversity Designee; Rex Tolliver, vice chancellor of Student Affairs at UIC; MWRD Commissioner Kim Du Buclet; artist Ted Sitting Crow Garner; Zoe Harris, graduate student at the UIC School of Public Health; Cynthia Klein-Banai, assistant vice-chancellor and director of sustainability at the UIC Office of Planning, Sustainability, and Project Management; and John Coronado, vice chancellor for Administrative Services at UIC.

Historical Photo of the Day: Intercepting sewer construction on November 6, 1934.
09/01/2021

Historical Photo of the Day: Intercepting sewer construction on November 6, 1934.

Historical Photo of the Day: Intercepting sewer construction on November 6, 1934.

Historical Photo of the Day: Excavation for the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal (CSSC) on July 16, 1894. The 28-mile CSS...
08/31/2021

Historical Photo of the Day: Excavation for the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal (CSSC) on July 16, 1894. The 28-mile CSSC, from Damen Avenue in Chicago to north of 9th Street in Lockport, was built between 1892 and 1900. The MWRD extended the CSSC another four miles and built the Lockport Powerhouse and Lock from 1903 until 1907.

Historical Photo of the Day: Excavation for the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal (CSSC) on July 16, 1894. The 28-mile CSSC, from Damen Avenue in Chicago to north of 9th Street in Lockport, was built between 1892 and 1900. The MWRD extended the CSSC another four miles and built the Lockport Powerhouse and Lock from 1903 until 1907.

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100 E Erie St
Chicago, IL
60611

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MWRD's seven modern water reclamation plants provide excellent treatment for residential and industrial wastewater, meeting permitted discharge limits virtually at all times. The treatment process is protected by a pretreatment program to guard against hazardous substances and toxic chemicals. These are strictly regulated pursuant to federal and state requirements. MWRD routinely monitors all industries and non-residential sources to assure that wastes are disposed of in an environmentally responsible and lawful manner. Treated wastewater, along with runoff from rainfall, enters local canals, rivers and streams that serve as headwaters of the Illinois River system. Stormwater in the separate sewered area is controlled to reduce flood damages by a number of stormwater detention reservoirs. In the combined sewer area, MWRD's tunnel and reservoir project has significantly reduced basement backup and overflows to local waterways. Flow within MWRD's waterway system and the Lake Michigan discretionary diversion flow are controlled by three inlet structures on Lake Michigan: Wilmette Pumping Station, Chicago River Controlling Works and O’Brien Lock and Dam. The single outlet control structure is the Lockport Powerhouse and Controlling Works. While exercising no direct control over wastewater collection systems owned and maintained by cities, villages, sewer districts and utilities, MWRD does control municipal sewer construction by permits outside the city of Chicago. It also owns a network of intercepting sewers to convey wastewater from the local collection systems to the water reclamation plants. Call (312) 751-5106 to report blockages or stream debris to MWRD’s 24-Hour Small Stream Maintenance program. Call MWRD toll free at (800) 332-3867 or (800) 332-DUMP to report illegal dumping in a stream, illegal dumping in a sewer, and other water pollution concerns.

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+13127516633

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The MWRD is located primarily within the boundaries of Cook County, Illinois. We serve an area of 883 square miles which includes the City of Chicago and 125 suburban communities, including 5.25 million people plus a commercial and industrial equivalent of 4.5 million people. The MWRD's 554 miles of intercepting sewers and force mains range in size from 12 inches to 27 feet in diameter, and are fed by approximately 10,000 local sewer system connections. The MWRD’s Tunnel and Reservoir Project (TARP) is one of the country’s largest public works projects for pollution and flood control. Four tunnel systems total 109 miles of tunnels, 9 to 33 feet in diameter and 150 to 300 feet underground. One reservoir is in operation and construction is in progress on the two remaining reservoirs. The MWRD owns and operates one of the world’s largest water reclamation plants, in addition to six other plants and 23 pumping stations. The MWRD treats an average of 1.4 billion gallons of wastewater each day. The MWRD's total wastewater treatment capacity is over 2.0 billion gallons per day. The MWRD controls 76.1 miles of navigable waterways, which are part of the inland waterway system connecting the Great Lakes with the Gulf of Mexico. It also owns and operates 30 stormwater detention reservoirs to provide regional stormwater flood damage reduction. The MWRD owns approximately 9,500 acres of property in Cook County for its operations. MWRD recycles all biosolids in land application programs in northeast Illinois.

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Top: USACE - construction of the Lockport Lock Bottom: Lockport Powerhouse, discharging excess water from the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal through the spillway section on the powerhouse site. 1929
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Went to the park by Worth Golf Course, garbage all over, hasn't been picked up for ages. Such a beautiful park and this spoils the whole park
🦋 We received our seeds from your organization today! Thank you! We already have them on a wet paper towel in the fridge and can’t wait to get them planted in 30 days!!!! 🦋
Well it looks like the 'big' improvements to the Melvina Ditch reservoir in the burbank/Oaklawn area, didn't work! we had a 4+ inch rain fall in a 24 hour period like before the "improvements" and the same streets, houses, churches flooded AGAIN !! If MWRD has any level of professionalism or a conscience. put out a public notice explaining what the hell went wrong THIS time !!
Interesting story about the TARP/Deep Tunnel system...
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So just curious...anyone here planning on retiring on 4/30? Where do you go to sign your papers?? Oy, I can’t imagine what working life must be like right now 😥
Is more chlorine (chloramine) being added to the water because of the virus?
Please sign our petition demanding that Gov. JB Pritzker address asbestos tainted water at the state owned Tinley Park Mental Health Center site from draining into sewers.