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August 2nd, 2017

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

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.

April 12th, 2017

Enjoy MWRD’s Open House – May 20, 2017

As part of their ‘Infrastructure Week,’ Metropolitan Water ReclamationMWRD color District of Greater Chicago (MWRD) is opening up six of its water reclamation plants (WRP) for free open houses and tours on May 20, 2017.

Visitors can tour any of the following plants:

  • Calumet WRP, 400 E. 130th St., Chicago
  • Egan WRP, 550 S. Meacham Rd., Schaumburg
  • Hanover Park WRP, 1220 Sycamore Av., Hanover Park
  • Kirie WRP, 701 Oakton St., Des Plaines
  • O’Brien WRP, 3500 Howard St., Skokie
  • Stickney WRP, 6001 W. Pershing Rd., Cicero

MWRD will also be giving away free trees and compost, while supplies last. All ages welcome. No open-toed shoes.

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

August 15th, 2014

Has your facility received a Facility Classification Questionnaire (FCQ)?

Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago (MWRD) has been mailing out its Facility Classification Questionnaire (FCQ) to potential new Users within its district.  These FCQs are sent to facilities that MWRD MWRD colorbelieves may need to change its classification or need to be established as a new User.


User categories include:

  • Small Nonresidential Commercial-Industrial User – no reporting requirements, except if changing classification
  • Residential Users – no reporting requirements
  • Local Government Users – no reporting requirements
  • Tax-Exempt Users – required submission of RD-925 annually; some User Charge testing may also be required
  • Large Commercial-Industrial Users – required submission of RD-925 annually; some User Charge testing may also be required


This FCQ requests the following information:

  • General Facility Information (company name, address, tax ID number, dates of operation, number of employees, etc)
  • Real Estate Property Tax ID Number (PIN) and taxes paid to MWRD
  • Description of manufacturing, production or service activities, including what raw materials and additives are used
  • Types and volume of liquid wastes or sludges
  • Pretreatment devices or processes used
  • Number of incoming water meters and total water consumption
  • Number of outlets to sewer system and types of waste discharged
  • Signature by corporate officer, partner, fiduciary, or other duly authorized agent of the User


MWRD requires a response to its FCQ within 30 days of it being received by the User.

This FCQ can be confusing for new or expanded facilities within MWRD’s governing area.  Gabriel can help answer any questions you may have about the FCQ or the User Charge system, or Gabriel can complete the FCQ on your behalf.

Gabriel is well-versed with the User Charge Ordinance, including sampling and reporting requirements.  We can help you navigate through this initial classification process, as well as any sampling or reporting requirements which may be required by MWRD after they process the FCQ.

Contact Antonio Tabacchi or Brigid McHale at 773-486-2123 or via email water[at]gabenv.com with any questions or for assistance with your FCQ today.


May 14th, 2014

Phosphorus Testing Now Available During User Charge/Continued Compliance Sampling

MWRD is currently studying phosphorus wastewater concentrations and investigating adding it as a required analytical parameter under the User Charge or Continued Compliance ordinance to comply with stricter overall limits mandated by IEPA effective January 1, 2014.  They have recently sent out a letter to industrial facilities in its service area asking for volunteers to help determine the amount of phosphorus discharged by industry.  MWRD currently estimates that 60% of the phosphorus that ends up in its waste treatment plants comes from domestic waste; 10% from products used in the home; and 30% from commercial and industrial use.

Gabriel is now offering to add phosphorus testing to User Charge and Continued Compliance sampling to help our clients establish a baseline for each facility’s current phosphorus discharge.  This analysis can be added at a nominal rate to scheduled sampling events.  By learning about current phosphorus levels, our clients can be proactive and prepared for upcoming MWRD regulations regarding phosphorus limits.

Infographic source: EPA

Excessive phosphorus and other nutrients lead to increased algae growth and decreased oxygen levels in rivers, streams and other watersheds.  In the Mississippi River Basin (including Chicagoland waterways), this phosphorus and nitrogen pollution has caused a 5,840 square mile “dead zone” in the Gulf of Mexico where plants and fish cannot survive.

Contact Antonio Tabacchi at atabacchi[at]gabenv.com or 773-486-2123 if you want to add phosphorus testing to your upcoming sampling or to learn more about MWRD’s volunteer program.