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Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago


Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago

Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago

Recovering Resources, Transforming Water

Strategic Plan
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MWRD Strategic Plan 2021 – 2025

The MWRD's 2021 – 2025 Strategic Plan was developed by a multi-functional team of MWRD personnel and outside consultants to identify the strategic goals, strategies, and initiatives for the next five years.


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Recent News Releases

June 13, 2024

Visitors were treated to guided tours of the Powerhouse, showcasing its historical significance and the technological advancements that have kept it operational for over a century.

June 7, 2024

The event celebrates the diversity and strength of the LGBTQIA+ community and reaffirms MWRD’s dedication to fostering an inclusive workplace.

June 6, 2024

Guides will lead visitors through a captivating journey through the history and technology behind the Lockport Powerhouse used to control the levels of the waterways and generate clean energy.

June 6, 2024

H2NOW provides real-time water quality monitoring assessments for the Chicago and Calumet rivers.


The 600-acre-foot Addison Creek Reservoir will hold 195 million gallons of storage capacity and connect with the Addison Creek Channel to protect the communities from overbank flooding.

The MWRD’s Robbins Heritage Park and Midlothian Creek Restoration Project will help address overbank flooding through a new stormwater park and pond, along with improvements to Midlothian Creek and an overflow channel that connects to the Cal-Sag Channel.

The MWRD worked with the village of Mount Prospect to transform two beautiful park spaces that can now accommodate more stormwater and protect the community from flooding, while also giving the residents a place to gather and play.

The Tunnel and Reservoir Plan is a system of deep, large diameter tunnels and vast reservoir designed to reduce flooding, improve water quality in Chicago area waterways and protect Lake Michigan from pollution caused by sewer overflows.

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Board Meeting

10:30am - 12:00pm
Thursday, June 20, 2024



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