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Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago

Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago The MWRD treats wastewater and manages stormwater for the Chicago region. 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 approximately 10,000 local sewer system connections. The MWRD’s Tunnel an

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 an

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Historical Photo of the Day: Removal of top soil during the beginning of excavation for a portion of the Chicago Sanitar...
05/04/2022

Historical Photo of the Day: Removal of top soil during the beginning of excavation for a portion of the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal near Summit, Illinois, on July 10, 1894.

Last week, MWRD Commissioner Mariyana Spyropoulos addressed The American Society of Civil Engineers Illinois Section as ...
05/03/2022

Last week, MWRD Commissioner Mariyana Spyropoulos addressed The American Society of Civil Engineers Illinois Section as they and other champions of infrastructure launched the 2022 Report Card for Illinois Infrastructure at Union Station. Commissioner Spyropoulos pointed out that between the COVID-19 pandemic, the invasion of Ukraine, and the toll of inflation that the last few years have been filled with crises that have left many Americans feeling vulnerable and at times divided on these issues. But one issue we are not divided on is supporting infrastructure, and in particular, water and wastewater infrastructure. She said that there is a need for continued investment of time, talent and resources to protect the water environment against unpredictable challenges in the face of climate change and division.
"Many thanks to the American Society of Civil Engineers Illinois Section for raising attention to these important issues," Commissioner Spyropoulos said. "Through your collaboration and partnership, we will strive to protect our water environment and build a resilient Chicago region for generations to come."
To read the report card, visit https://infrastructurereportcard.org/state-item/illinois/

Chicago's Fourth Ward will be the site of a Shred-a-thon on Saturday, May 7 from 8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. at 700 S. Dearbo...
05/03/2022

Chicago's Fourth Ward will be the site of a Shred-a-thon on Saturday, May 7 from 8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. at 700 S. Dearborn. Bring your 💊 📄🔌 - expired #medications, old papers and electronics - for safe shredding and disposal. Don't forget the pet meds! 🐶😺 #COVID19 vaccinations will also be given. This event is hosted by MWRD Commissioner Kimberly Neely du Buclet Sophia D. King Chicago Department of Public Health Cook County Sheriff's Office (Official) Paper Tiger Document Solutions

Although we wanted to see the new concrete dam, outlet culvert, spillway and added storage capacity today in action at A...
05/03/2022

Although we wanted to see the new concrete dam, outlet culvert, spillway and added storage capacity today in action at Arrowhead Lake in the Forest Preserve District of Cook County protecting the City of Palos Heights, IL, we regret to announce that we are cancelling our ribbon cutting event for this morning and will reschedule soon. Most importantly, it's a relief to know we have these new flood control initiatives in place for a day like today. Stay dry everyone! #stormwatermanagement

Historical Photo of the Day: A view to the northeast showing construction of a bridge over the North Shore Channel at Oa...
05/03/2022

Historical Photo of the Day: A view to the northeast showing construction of a bridge over the North Shore Channel at Oakton Street in Skokie, Illinois, on October 14, 1921.

We are expecting rain to start in about four hours so we are calling an Overflow Prevention Alert. Please reduce your wa...
05/03/2022

We are expecting rain to start in about four hours so we are calling an Overflow Prevention Alert. Please reduce your water use before and during the impending storm.
💧 Delay showers and baths
💧 Flush less frequently
💧 Wait to run the dishwasher or to do laundry
💧 Visit mwrd.org/overflow-action-days to learn more

These actions help make room in the local sewer collection system for the excess water. #OverflowPreventionAwareness #OverflowActionDay Friends of the Chicago River

Thank you to Maria Saucedo Scholastic Academy (Chicago Public Schools) in #LittleVillage for inviting the #MWRD to speak...
05/02/2022

Thank you to Maria Saucedo Scholastic Academy (Chicago Public Schools) in #LittleVillage for inviting the #MWRD to speak virtually to their 5th grade classes. 93 students learned about #MWRDWhereDoesITGo and received free books. Learn more at https://mwrd.org/where-does-it-go.
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💊 📄🔌 If you live in Chicago's 3rd ward, bring  your expired #medications, old papers and electronics for safe shredding ...
05/02/2022

💊 📄🔌 If you live in Chicago's 3rd ward, bring your expired #medications, old papers and electronics for safe shredding and disposal on May 4 from noon to 4 p.m. at 5046 S. State Street. Don't forget the pet meds! 🐶🐱🐶🐱 This event is hosted by
MWRD Commissioner Kimberly Neely du Buclet Alderman Pat Dowell State Senator Mattie Hunter Cook County Sheriff's Office (Official) State Representative Kam Buckner

The MWRD honors Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month by supporting the Year of TEAACH - Teaching Equitable...
05/02/2022

The MWRD honors Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month by supporting the Year of TEAACH - Teaching Equitable Asian American Community History. Learn more at https://asianamericancaucus.org/

For immediate releaseMay 2, 2022MWRD, Palos Heights and Cook County Forest Preserves to mark completion of Arrowhead Lak...
05/02/2022

For immediate release
May 2, 2022

MWRD, Palos Heights and Cook County Forest Preserves to mark completion of Arrowhead Lake project tomorrow, May 3

WHO: The Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago (MWRD) Board of Commissioners and staff, Cook County Forest Preserve District leaders and City of Palos Heights officials

WHAT: Officials will gather at Arrowhead Lake in the Cook County Forest Preserves to celebrate the completion of a flood control project that protects Palos Heights residents by removing 70 structures from the 100-year flood plain.

WHERE: Arrowhead Lake, 7016 W. 135th St., in the Forest Preserves of Cook County, in the parking lot closest to the south end of the lake.

WHEN: Tuesday, May 3, 2022, at 11 a.m.

A ribbon cutting ceremony will be held to commemorate the completion of the MWRD’s Arrowhead Lake Flood Control Project on Tuesday, May 3 at 11 a.m. The work at Arrowhead Lake increases floodwater storage by more than 13 million gallons in the Forest Preserves of Cook County by replacing an existing dam and raising an existing bicycle trail along the lake in unincorporated Cook County near Palos Heights.

Through these efforts, the MWRD removes 70 structures from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Zone A flood plain in Palos Heights. On March 11, 2022, the FEMA Flood Insurance Rate Map was officially revised, providing protection, peace of mind and cost savings for current and future residents of Palos Heights. In addition to removing structures from the 100-year flood plain, this collaborative project restored and improved forest preserve amenities at Arrowhead Lake.

Read the advisory at https://mwrd.org/achieving-resilience-mwrd-palos-heights-and-cook-county-forest-preserves-mark-completion-arrowhead
Forest Preserve District of Cook County City of Palos Heights, IL

To all who celebrate, Eid Said.
05/02/2022

To all who celebrate, Eid Said.

Historical Photo of the Day: Construction of the Calumet Water Reclamation Plant (WRP) on November 7, 1921. The Calumet ...
05/02/2022

Historical Photo of the Day: Construction of the Calumet Water Reclamation Plant (WRP) on November 7, 1921. The Calumet WRP is the oldest of the MWRD’s seven WRPs and has been in operation since 1922, serving residents and businesses in the southern portion of Cook County for 100 years.

Today the #MWRD participated in the Forest Preserve District of Cook County “Spring Festival & Trailside’s 90th Annivers...
05/01/2022

Today the #MWRD participated in the Forest Preserve District of Cook County “Spring Festival & Trailside’s 90th Anniversary Celebration” at the Trailside Museum of Natural History. Thank you to all the #CookCounty families who stopped by our booth to learn about our community resources and pick up a free #RestoretheCanopy oak sapling. #StormwaterManagement #WastewaterTreatment #MyMWRDtree

Historical Photo of the Day: The east leaf of the Jackson Street bridge in Chicago raised prior to being open to the pub...
05/01/2022

Historical Photo of the Day: The east leaf of the Jackson Street bridge in Chicago raised prior to being open to the public on January 29, 1916. The bascule style bridge was built by the Sanitary District (now #MWRD) in 1915 and was opened in 1916.

It is always great visiting with Chatham residents at the Chesterfield Community Council Home Expo that is designed to i...
04/30/2022

It is always great visiting with Chatham residents at the Chesterfield Community Council Home Expo that is designed to inform homeowners and potential homeowners to housing-related programs, services, and available properties. Commissioner Kari K. Steele and the MWRD community outreach team enjoyed sharing news about our programs.
Siempre nos gusta visitar con residentes de Chatham al Home Expo del concejal comunitario de Chesterfield, que es diseñado para informar dueños de casa, y personas que quieren comprar una casa, sobre programas de alojamiento, servicios, y propiedades disponibles. Presidente Kari Steele y el equipo de alcance comunitario disfrutaron compartiendo noticias sobre nuestros programas.

Thank you to the Chicago Department of Public Health for the invitation to plant trees in the North Lawndale parkway and...
04/30/2022

Thank you to the Chicago Department of Public Health for the invitation to plant trees in the North Lawndale parkway and distribute MWRD oak saplings to residents yesterday. The city has a goal of planting 75,000 🌳 in five years. The MWRD has distributed 100,000 saplings since we started our #restorethecanopy program a few years ago. Staff from the office of MWRD Commissioner Kimberly Neely du Buclet participated in the press conference covered by CBS Chicago https://www.cbsnews.com/chicago/video/crews-plant-trees-in-north-lawndale-in-honor-of-arbor-day/ #trees #mymwrdtree

Overflow Prevention Alert! Reduce your water use before and during today's impending rain.💧 Delay showers and baths💧 Flu...
04/30/2022

Overflow Prevention Alert! Reduce your water use before and during today's impending rain.
💧 Delay showers and baths
💧 Flush less frequently
💧 Wait to run the dishwater or to do laundry
💧 Visit mwrd.org/overflow-action-days to learn more

This helps to make room in the local sewer collection system for the rainwater, which then flows to our water reclamation plants for treatment. #OverflowPreventionAwareness #OverflowActionDay Friends of the Chicago River

Historical Photo of the Day: A view to the west towards Kedzie Avenue and the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal showing wo...
04/30/2022

Historical Photo of the Day: A view to the west towards Kedzie Avenue and the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal showing work on a new dock on March 1, 1915. Learn more about the Chicago Area Waterway System here ⬇️⚓
https://mwrd.org/chicago-area-waterway-system

Rain 🌧 or shine ☀️ we want your 💊💊💊 - Remember to bring us your unwanted, unused, & expired over-the-counter and prescri...
04/30/2022

Rain 🌧 or shine ☀️ we want your 💊💊💊 - Remember to bring us your unwanted, unused, & expired over-the-counter and prescription #medications Sat., April 30. Pet meds are acceptable too 🐶🐱🐶🐱
Learn more at
https://mwrd.org/medication-disposal

It was great visiting with so many neighbors at the Children’s Day Event/ Celebración del Día del Niño at Archer Park ye...
04/30/2022

It was great visiting with so many neighbors at the Children’s Day Event/ Celebración del Día del Niño at Archer Park yesterday. Participants enjoyed our information in Spanish/ La gente disfrutó nuestra información en español. The rain barrel raffle winner/Ganadora de la rifa del barril colector de agua de lluvia: Alejandra Aguirre from/de Alivio Center! 💧🎈

🌳 Thanks to the Village of Forest Park for inviting us to participate in their #ArborDay celebration! It was wonderful t...
04/29/2022

🌳 Thanks to the Village of Forest Park for inviting us to participate in their #ArborDay celebration! It was wonderful to visit with the students of Garfield Elementary, talking all things water. 💧

🌳 Have you heard that a medium-sized oak tree can help prevent flooding by absorbing 2,800 gallons of rainfall per year? Be sure to pick up your FREE oak saplings every Wednesday from 9-noon at a water reclamation plant near you: https://mwrd.org/treesrestore-canopy #RestoreTheCanopy #MyMWRDtree

🌳 Commemorate 150 years of #ArborDay by Restoring the Canopy with our FREE oak saplings! Pick up oak saplings every Wedn...
04/29/2022

🌳 Commemorate 150 years of #ArborDay by Restoring the Canopy with our FREE oak saplings! Pick up oak saplings every Wednesday from 9-noon at locations throughout Cook County. Details here ⬇️
https://mwrd.org/treesrestore-canopy #RestoreTheCanopy 🌳

Historical Photo of the Day: Workers in action on the original Western Avenue bridge over the Cal-Sag Channel on June 16...
04/29/2022

Historical Photo of the Day: Workers in action on the original Western Avenue bridge over the Cal-Sag Channel on June 16, 1921, viewed looking north towards what is now Old Western Avenue in Blue Island, Illinois.

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Join the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District's Board Meeting happening live now! Hope you can join us and listen in!
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
Bless ❤🙏
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...
Jennifer green MWRD ❤🙏
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.