Free Metropolitan Water Reclamation District tour
After reading the disturbing article in the NYTimes about how Chicago almost flooded New Orleans/Katrina style on May 17, 2020 (and may do so any day now) I was researching our Cook County water treatment system and stumbled into Metropolitan Water Reclamation District (MWRD) tours. Apparently in ordinary times they offer in-person facility tours which are now postponed until further notice. In place of that they are offering Virtual tours. Registration required.
This tour includes a trip back in time to early Chicago to see how the MWRD reversed the Chicago River and developed wastewater treatment technology. Go behind the scenes and under water to see how they process the water; travel 300 feet into the deep tunnel system, and watch an electrofishing crew at work sampling fish on the Chicago River.
Our virtual tours are free and open to the public. Registration is required. No time on your schedule? Click here to watch a one hour recorded tour.
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Tour FAQ Topics:
- Diversion from Lake Michigan
- Green Infrastructure
- Resource Recovery
- Stormwater Management
- TARP (Tunnel and Reservoir Plan)
- Wastewater Treatment Process
- Water Quality
- Work at MWRD
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