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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
A closeup view of cleaned water at a wastewater treatment plant

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.


See the MWRD Strategic Plan

An intersection of two alleys with a garage and permeable pavers that were installed to absorb stormwater

We are accepting pre-applications for our green infrastructure partnership program.


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Recent News Releases

December 7, 2023

Overview of MWRD achievements in stormwater management, wastewater treatment, climate change accountability, and fiscal responsibility.

December 6, 2023

Upcoming Stormwater Partnership Program Deadlines

December 1, 2023

Board meetings are open to the public and can be streamed online.

December 1, 2023

MWRD FLOW - December 2023


With support from the MWRD the village of La Grange Park converted three intersections along Monroe Avenue into permeable surfaces. The project reduces the load on the sewer system and will complement plans to separate additional sewer systems to divert water to nearby Salt Creek.

The MWRD’s green infrastructure project at Arthington Mall Plaza at the University of Illinois at Chicago features 37,000 square feet of permeable pavement, new seating, native plants and rain gardens.

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.

Calendar of Events



MWRD Virtual Tour

2:00pm - 3:15pm
Tuesday, December 12, 2023



Civil Service Board Meeting

10:00am - 4:30pm
Wednesday, December 13, 2023





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