Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago

Thornton Reservoir. (Credit: CBS)

Massive New Reservoir To Help Alleviate Chicago Area Flooding

The Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago was cutting the ribbon Tuesday morning at the Thornton Reservoir, which can hold 7.9 billion gallons of stormwater and sewage.

09/01/2015

The Calumet Water Reclamation Plant serves more than 1 million people in a 300-square mile area covering the South Side of Chicago and much of the southern suburbs. (Credit: Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago)

For The First Time, Wastewater Being Disinfected Before It Enters Chicago River

The Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago on Friday celebrated the opening of the first of two disinfection plants designed to help clean up area rivers.

07/17/2015

Rain falls in Grant Park on Monday (Source: Earth Cam)

Storm Runoff Prompts Swim Ban At All Chicago Beaches

The effects of Monday’s heavy rains were being felt Tuesday at the city’s beaches, where officials have banned swimming, due to high bacteria levels caused by runoff.

06/16/2015

A construction accident caused the ground to erode under the CTA Yellow Line tracks at the McCormick Boulevard viaduct on Sunday, forcing the CTA to shut down the Yellow Line until repairs can be made. (Credit: CBS)

Repairs To CTA Yellow Line To Take “Several Weeks”

Travel to and from Skokie by CTA won’t be Swift for a while, after an embankment crumbled, falling away completely from the tracks. A spokesperson for the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District (MWRD) said Tuesday that it will take “several weeks to complete this (repair) work properly.”

05/20/2015

A construction accident caused the ground to erode under the CTA Yellow Line tracks at the McCormick Boulevard viaduct on Sunday, forcing the CTA to shut down the Yellow Line until repairs can be made. (Credit: CBS)

Yellow Line Service To Be Shut Down For At Least Several Days Due To Embankment Erosion

The CTA Yellow Line between Skokie and the Rogers Park neighborhood could be out of service for a few days, after an embankment was washed out due to a construction accident.

05/18/2015

Better Government Association logo. (Credit: BGA)

Sanitary District Cop Caught On Tape Talking About Sleeping And Drinking On The Job

The Better Government Association has released tapes it obtained of a Metropolitan Water Reclamation District police officer who accidentally left his radio microphone open last year, talking about how politically-connected employees get away with avoiding work.

03/26/2015

A collage of photos of flooding from recent storms in Midlothian. (Credit: Bernie Tafoya/CBS)

Midlothian Residents Fed Up With Chronic Flooding

After a couple weeks which saw some torrential downpours, uprooted trees, and power outages from summer storms, a group from southwest suburban Midlothian was speaking out Thursday, because they’re tired of their property repeatedly flooding.

07/17/2014

Three Asian carp pulled out of the Humboldt Park lagoon have been placed in the invasive species exhibit at the Shedd Aquarium. (Credit: John Cody/WBBM Newsradio)

Appeals Court Upholds Tossing Of Asian Carp Lawsuit

The U.S. Court of Appeals in Chicago has upheld a lower court ruling dismissing a lawsuit filed by five states seeking the placement of barriers to keep Asian carp from invading the Great Lakes.

07/15/2014

Severe storms roll into the Chicago area on Monday. (Credit:  Heidi Anderson)

Swimming Banned At Beaches After Stormwater, Sewage Dumped In Lake

The heavy rainfall from Monday night’s storms prompted officials to open the Chicago and Wilmette locks to prevent raw sewage from overflowing out of the sewer system, and instead dump a mix of storm runoff and sewage into Lake Michigan.

07/01/2014

A large crater was created by a "hydraulic explosion" in part of the Deep Tunnel system in Calumet City, after valve designed to relieve pressure from stormwater buildup that did not vent properly. (Credit: CBS)

Heavy Rain Leads To Storm Tunnel Explosion In Calumet City

The heavy rain from Sunday’s storms overwhelmed a stormwater system in south suburban Calumet City, causing an explosion in a sewer that’s part of the Deep Tunnel system, and leaving a massive crater.

05/12/2014

Canal Search

Man Rescued After Jumping In Canal To Show Off

A middle-aged man is lucky to be alive this morning after jumping into the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal to show off Wednesday night.

CBS Chicago–07/26/2012

Durbin, Kirk: It’s Time To Clean Up Chicago River

Illinois’ two U.S. senators – and some other politicians – took a water taxi tour of the Chicago River Sunday before proclaiming that it’s time to clean it up.

CBS Chicago–05/23/2011

(Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

No More Money Down The Drain

It cost taxpayers almost $2.4 million when nearly 80 Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago employees quit late last year rather than lose benefits.

01/27/2011