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MWRD Offering Limited-Time Tours of Mainstream Pumping Station and McCook Reservoir

August 2nd, 2017

For a limited time, Metropolitan Water Reclamation District (MWRD) is offering free tours of its Mainstream Pumping Station and McCook Reservoir this summer and fall.  The tours will give visitors a complete overview of the Tunnel and Reservoir Plan (TARP) system and how it functions to improve local water quality and mitigate flooding throughout Cook County.

McCook Reservoir is scheduled to be completed in late 2017.  It will be the last and largest of three reservoirs being constructed as part of TARP.

Tours are offered:
  • August 6
  • August 27
  • September 17
  • September 24
  • October 1
  • October 15
All tours start at 9am and are expected to last 2 hours.  All ages are welcome.  Wear sturdy shoes and note that shorts, dresses, sandals, and high heels are not allowed.

Tours will include a tour of the pumping station, followed by a bus ride to McCook Reservoir overlook.

MWRD will also offer free tree saplings, compost, photo booth and TARP rock at these events.

Parking is free at the Mainstream Pumping Station (6100 River Road, Hodgkins, IL).

Call 312-751-6632 to reserve your space on one of these tours.  All attendees must RSVP.

More information can be found on MWRD’s Facebook page.


2 comments for “MWRD Offering Limited-Time Tours of Mainstream Pumping Station and McCook Reservoir

  1. Kathy
    September 24, 2017 at 5:45 am

    I went on the tour 9/17 and it was very interesting. I really enjoyed the whole program. My friend and I had our pictures taken at the photo booth. I have not been able to find it at the address I was given on the card. Thanks for your help.

    • Sarah Polich
      September 28, 2017 at 9:27 pm

      Did you email MWRD? [tours@mwrd.org]

      We’re not associated with MWRD so can’t help you out with the missing photos. Glad to hear you enjoyed the tour!

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