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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

April 9, 2024

Required by the Clean Water Act, the NPDES permit governs Chicago's 184 sewer outfalls. The purpose of the NPDES program is to eliminate pollution discharges.

April 8, 2024

Learn about why these alerts are important and how you can make a difference in water conservation efforts by following the MWRD’s recommendations.

April 4, 2024

Volunteers and neighbors of the MWRD’s Calumet Water Reclamation Plant are invited to join in cleanup efforts alongside esteemed partners in a collective effort to beautify the area along Hazel Johnson EJ Way.

April 3, 2024

MWRD honors four remarkable women who have made significant contributions to their fields and communities.


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



Vitrual Tour

2:00pm - 3:15pm
Tuesday, April 16, 2024



Board Meeting

10:30am - 12:00pm
Thursday, April 18, 2024



Little Calumet River Watershed Planning Council Meeting

4:30pm - 5:30pm
Thursday, April 18, 2024

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