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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

November 30, 2023

MWRD launches improved website, continues commitment to community engagement and transparency

November 22, 2023

EPA environmental justice grant to support MWRD restoration of Little Village brownfield

November 21, 2023

Dr. Catherine O’Connor, MWRD Director of Engineering, receives prestigious U.S. Minority Contractors Association Excellence in Engineering Award

November 15, 2023

11th Annual Sustainability Summit highlights environmental advancements and recognizes outstanding contributions


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







North Branch of Chicago River Watershed Planning Council Meeting

10:00am - 5:00pm
Tuesday, December 5, 2023



Board Meeting

4:30am - 12:00pm
Thursday, December 7, 2023

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