State of Illinois
- Fact Sheet: Biosolids and COVID-19 (Spanish) - May 12
- Fact Sheet: Managing flood waters during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic (Spanish) - April 15
- Fact Sheet: COVID-19 and the Chicago Region's Water Infrastructure (Spanish) - March 24
- Fact Sheet: Coronavirus (COVID-19) (Spanish) - March 13
- Press Release: "It's a toilet, not a trashcan!"
The Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago (MWRD) continues to monitor the information we are receiving about the Coronavirus (COVID-19). The MWRD is following the guidelines of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH). We’re also consulting with local agencies like the Chicago Department of Public Health, international water professionals, and utility and technology partners in the water sector.
To help slow the transmission of COVID-19, MWRD employees not directly involved with performing our critical missions of treating wastewater and managing stormwater have been placed on call and will be telecommuting until further notice. Our wastewater treatment plants will continue to be staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week in order to protect the health and safety of the residents of Cook County, protect Lake Michigan, and protect businesses and homes from flooding.
Protecting the health and safety of our employees and the public is also a top priority. Thus, effective immediately, all business travel outside of the MWRD’s service area has been suspended until further notice. Additionally, all MWRD educational outreach activities – including facility tours, speaking engagements, and staff participation in fairs and other community events, have also been canceled until further notice. We will continue to post any additional cancellations as we continue to monitor the CDC’s recommendations.
Thank you for your support in our efforts to help minimize the spread of COVID-19. For the latest MWRD news and information regarding the virus, please follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn, or join our email list.
Please read our Coronavirus (COVID-19) (Spanish), our COVID-19 and the Chicago Region's Water Infrastructure (Spanish) , our Managing flood waters during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic (Spanish) and our Biosolids and COVID-19 (Spanish) fact sheets for additional information concerning the MWRD’s management and treatment of wastewater.
WMO Electronic Permit Application Intake Process
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the mandate to work remotely, the MWRD now offers an electronic permit application intake process. This system will accept new plan applications and documents. To learn more, click here.
Resources to help minimize the spread of COVID-19
The CDC continues to recommend the following:
- Practice social distancing by putting space between yourself and others.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
- Use a cloth face cover to help slow the spread of the virus.
Additional COVID-19 News and Information
City of Chicago
- City of Chicago - Coronavirus (COVID-19) News and Information
- Chicago Dept of Water Management says tap water is safe to drink, offers additional COVID-19 updates for Chicago resident
- Cook County's Resources and Response to Coronavirus (COVID-19)
- Cook County Department of Public Health - Coronavirus (COVID-19)
State of Illinois
- Governor J.B. Pritzker's Executive Order - June 26
- Governor J.B. Pritzker's Executive Order - May 29
- Governor J.B. Pritzker's Executive Order - April 30
- Governor J.B. Pritzker's Executive Order - April 1
- Governor J.B. Pritzker's Executive Order - March 20
- Illinois Dept of Public Health Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
- Daily COVID-19 Press Briefings - Illinois Department of Public Health
- State of Illinois Coronavirus (COVID-19) Response
- President of the United States
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- U.S. EPA
- Water Environment Federation (WEF) Current Priority: Coronavirus
- Residuals and Biosolids Issues Concerning COVID-19 Virus - May 14, 2020
- Coronavirus and Water Systems; An update and expansion on “The Water Professional’s Guide to COVID-19” - May 12, 2020
- What we know about Coronavirus and Water Treatment (WEF) - March 26, 2020
- WEF Executive Director Walt Marlowe Discusses COVID-19 (Coronavirus)
- National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA)
- American Water Works Association (AWWA)
- Global Water Research Coalition (GWRC) - COVID-19 Virus: Water, Sanitation and Wastewater Management
Current Research and News
- "MIT Sloan study shows potential long-term environmental effects from COVID-19," PR Newswire - July 9, 2020
- "The Coronavirus Was Detected In Sewage In March Of 2019, Far From Wuhan, China," Forbes - June 26, 2020
- “Coronavirus: Dexamethasone proves first life-saving drug,” BBC - June 16, 2020
- "COVID-19 pandemic could decimate outdoor environmental, science education program," Science Daily - June 15, 2020
- "Sewage could hold the key to stopping new coronavirus outbreaks," CNN - June 1, 2020
- "Sewage may help predict future virus outbreaks. Chicago researchers aim to test hundreds or thousands of manholes at a time,” Chicago Tribune - May 30, 2020
- "Wastewater testing gains traction as a Covid-19 early warning system," Stat News - May 28, 2020
- “How sewer science could ease testing pressure and track COVID-19,”Reuters - May 14, 2020
- “Is It Safe to Come Out of Lockdown? Check the Sewer; Wastewater could provide early, painless and localized data about the rise or fall of coronavirus levels,” New York Times - May 13, 2020
- “AWWA: Water sector meeting pandemic challenge; Survey results show face masks, revenue among key concerns listed by respondents,” Water World - May 12, 2020
- "NOAA exploring impact of COVID-19 response on the environment," NOAA - May 6, 2020