metropolitan water reclamation district


With Storms Coming, Water Reclamation District Asks Residents To Minimize Water Use

Severe storms are in the forecast in the next 24 hours, and the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District is asking people to prepare by using less.


Patricia Horton. (Credit: Chicago Police)

Ex-Metropolitan Water Commissioner Patricia Horton Charged With Assaulting Man At Daley Center

A former Metropolitan Water Reclamation District commissioner was arrested Monday afternoon at the Daley Center and accused of assault.


Crews prepare to blast a hole in the Thornton Quarry, the final such explosion needed to turn the quarry into an 8 billion-gallon flood-relief reservoir by 2015. (Credit: Bernie Tafoya)

Big Blast At Thornton Quarry To Help Relieve Flooding Problems

The “last blast” on Monday at the Thornton Quarry, along I-80, was the first step toward using the big hole to help relieve flooding on the South Side and in the south suburbs.

WBBM Newsradio–09/23/2013

U.S. Rep. Mike Quigley (D-Ill.)

Quigley: Action On Climate Change Needed To Protect Lake Michigan

Local officials are issuing a new warning of damage to Lake Michigan and problems for homeowners as a result of climate change, reports WBBM’s Political Editor Craig Dellimore.


The Chicago Lock separates the darker water of the Chicago River -- and the untreated sewage it carries -- from the lighter-colored water of Lake Michigan. (Credit: CBS)

Environmentalists Want Definitive End To Sewage Dumps Into Lake

Indefinite discharges of raw sewage into Lake Michigan won’t cut it for a coalition of environmental groups, which Thursday asked a federal judge to set aside a proposed consent decree.


A police gun and handcuffs.  [Generic] (credit: Steve Hardy/CBS Local)

Water Reclamation District Approves Planned Police Shooting Range

The Metropolitan Water Reclamation District has narrowly approved a controversial lease for a new Chicago Police shooting range on environmentally sensitive land on the city’s Southeast Side.

CBS Chicago–01/05/2012

Former Cicero town president Betty Loren-Maltese is all smiles Friday as she holds a weekend-long garage sale of her possessions. (CBS)

Betty Loren-Maltese: Story About Gun Is Fishy

Federal agents found an unregistered gun in the Las Vegas home of former Cicero Town President Betty Loren-Maltese – a development that could be problematic given that she is on parole.

CBS Chicago–10/28/2011

The Chicago River (CBS)

Study: Risk Of Getting Sick On Chicago River Same As Other Waterways

A new study from the University of Illinois at Chicago has concluded that even though the Chicago River is full of wastewater, it has no greater risk of making people sick than other waterways.

CBS Chicago–10/26/2011

The Chicago River (CBS)

Water Reclamation District Votes To Disinfect Chicago River Sewage

The Metropolitan Water Reclamation District voted to clean up the Chicago River by ending the practice of dumping partially treated sewage into the waterway, a decision environmental groups took credit for provoking.

WBBM Newsradio–06/07/2011

Chicago River

Report: Water Reclamation Commissioners Now Back River Cleanup

Kayaking, and even swimming safely, in the Chicago River in the future may not be such a far-fetched idea after all.

CBS Chicago–06/02/2011

Water Reclamation Plant Fall

Workers Fall Into Hole At Water Reclamation Plant

Two workers are in the hospital after falling into a hole this morning at the Water Reclamation plant on the city’s Far South Side.

CBS Chicago–04/21/2011