Illinois Cities’ Mission Possible: Shield Sewer Debris

Jul 19

Illinois Cities’ Mission Possible: Shield Sewer Debris

A creative sewer project is taking place in the city of Mattoon, IL.  A new satellite facility is opening to prevent untreated sewer water from overflowing into Riley Creek. During heavy storms, this becomes an even larger issue. The new treatment facility is located along North Sixth Street approximately one mile north of Piatt Avenue. The state-of-the-art...

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The City Of Alton Presses On to Regenerate Vital Infrastructure

Jun 12

The City Of Alton Presses On to Regenerate Vital Infrastructure

For many years before Chicago and its suburbs opened treatment plants, sewage drained into the Mississippi River. A lot has changed since then and many facilities are doing more than repairing or replacing aging equipment. Many are also implementing new ammonia and phosphorus standards. The city of Alton is making these impressive upgrades, as well as increasing the...

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The Tunnel Story Named TARP

Jan 27

The Tunnel Story Named TARP

The Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago’s (MWRD’s) Tunnel and Reservoir Plan (TARP), also known as “Deep Tunnel,” is a series of deep, large diameter tunnels and vast reservoirs. The main goals of TARP are to reduce flooding and to improve water quality in nearby rivers and streams.  In the 1800s, when raw sewage in the Chicago River...

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Chicago’s Basement Flooding Management for Residents

Dec 15

Chicago’s Basement Flooding Management for Residents

The City of Chicago is working hard to improve its aging infrastructure, but there are 4,400 miles of sewer main in Chicago and the key is to keep as much water out of the sewer as possible during the heaviest rains. Sewer mains fill up, and additional water pushes into basements through private drains. The Basement Flooding Partnership is a new partnership between...

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