The Metropolitan Water Reclamation District (MWRD) is in the process of amending the Watershed Management Ordinance (WMO), which regulates development within Cook County and sewer construction within MWRD' s service area. Beginning October 11, 2021 we will be seeking input from the public on the proposed amendment, outlined in the redlined Draft Amendment. The current version of the WMO and an annotated Draft Amendment can be accessed at the link below:

Current WMO
Draft Amendment

A summary of the proposed amendments is provided below:

Summary of Proposed Amendments


Two public meetings to discuss the proposed changes will be held virtually at 2 p.m. on October 21, 2021 and October 28, 2021. The links to the virtual meetings can be accessed at the links below:

October 21, 2021 Virtual Meeting
October 28, 2021 Virtual Meeting


The public comment period will be open through November 15, 2021. Please submit all comments by email to or by mail to:


Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago
Local Sewer Systems Section
111 East Erie Street
Chicago, Illinois 60611