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“We take it after you flush.”
That’s how a former candidate for the Board of the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District described the organization’s mission. While that statement is true, I chose not to use it as my campaign slogan!
Nevertheless, wastewater treatment is poorly understood by most people. Water and sewer infrastructure are out of sight and largely out of mind, until a sinkhole opens up in a street from leaking pipes or sewage backs up into a basement during a heavy storm.
If you’re interested in seeing where your water goes, how it’s cleaned, and how used water is actually a valuable resource, plan to tour one of the District’s treatment plants next Saturday, September 20, anytime between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. The District is opening its doors to celebrate its 125th anniversary — the Chicago Sanitary District was established in 1889 — and as part of a national effort to showcase utility infrastructure.