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Tour the Westside Storm Sewer

Westside Storm Sewer Location: West of Ridge Road. History: Started at Kenilworth Gardens in 1920s, expanded in 1930s and ’50s. System For: Storm runoff Storm Sewer Specs: 49.79 miles of sewer lines. A network of sewer lines flow into a single Lake Ave trunk. The Lake Ave pump …

Tour the Eastside Combined Sewer

Eastside Combined Sewer Location: East of Ridge Road. History: First version was installed in 1890s. System For: Storm runoff Domestic sewage Industrial/commercial wastewater Combined Sewer Specs: 47 miles of sewer lines. Clay and reinforced concrete pipe, 8- to 96-inches in diameter. Flows into MWRD system. MWRD treats the …

Tour the Eastside Relief Sewer

Eastside Relief Sewer Location: East of Ridge Road. History: Installed in 1990s – 2000s. System For: Local overflows from the combined sewer, consisting of: Storm runoff Domestic sewage Industrial/commercial wastewater Relief Sewer Specs: Relief sewers are installed below the combined sewers to collect local overflows. The relief overflows …

Summer Downpour

Saturday was one of those hot summer afternoons at the beach that ends with a downpour. One minute I was walking along a path at Gillson Park, enjoying a view of the lake between the sand dunes, smelling delicious slow-cook barbecue, and hearing the joyful hub-bub of kids …

Sewage in Lake Michigan: A Shaggy Dog Story

Wilmette is part of the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District (MWRD) of Greater Chicago. And, I’ve realized, things get complicated when you share a sewer system with 9.5 million people! Just to add to the complexity, the whole system ultimately flows into the Chicago River. And that river, which …