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METROPOLITAN WATER RECLAMATION DISTRICT:
Originally established as the Sanitary District of Chicago, the MWRD has played a vital role in the history and
health of our District. The Sanitary District Enabling Act of May 29, 1889, established the District with the
purpose of managing water supply and wastewater issues. Two important early projects included the reversal
of the Chicago River, designed to carry waste water away from Lake Michigan, and the construction of the
Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal which aided in the flowage of water out of Lake Michigan. The canal also
allowed for larger commercial vessels to move from the Great Lakes to the Gulf of Mexico by way of the Illinois
and Mississippi rivers.
The Metropolitan Water Reclamation District Act (70 ILCS 2605/) renamed the "Sanitary District of Chicago" the
"Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago."
The District's territory covers approximately 91% of land area and 98% of the valuation of Cook County, Illinois;
and, unlike other sanitary districts, the district has the power to operate facilities outside its boundaries. It
serves an area of 883 square miles (2,290 km2) which covers the City of Chicago and 125 suburban
municipalities. The District’s 554 miles (892 km) of intercepting sewer mains are linked to approximately 10,000
local connections. Over 2,100 people are employed by the District.
The District operates the largest wastewater treatment plant in the world, the Stickney Water Reclamation Plant
in Stickney, Illinois, in addition to six other plants and 23 pumping stations. The District treats an average 1.5
billion gallons of wastewater each day. It is also responsible for the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal and
maintains approximately 76 miles (122 km) of waterways, part of a national system connecting the Atlantic
Ocean, Great Lakes, and the Gulf of Mexico.
The District oversees one of the largest civil engineering projects ever undertaken - the Tunnel and Reservoir
Plan, better known as the "Deep Tunnel Project." It includes over one hundred miles of tunnels, 9 to 33 feet (10
m) in diameter each part of an extensive flood mitigation and pollution control project. Since 2005 the District has
been responsible for stormwater management for all of Cook County and some areas outside of the District’s
THE CITY OF COUNTRYSIDE
Located in the heart of the Chicagoland area, welcomes you to our website where
you will find information about our City and all of its services. Incorporated in 1960,
the City of Countryside is home to 6,000 residents and over 400 businesses.
THE VILLAGE OF LA GRANGE
The Village of La Grange was incorporated in 1879 and operates under a
Board-Manager form of government. La Grange is a non-home rule municipal
corporation governed by the Village President and six trustees, who are elected on
a non-partisan basis to serve four-year overlapping terms. The Village Manager
serves as the Chief Administrative officer. The Village Board is responsible for
establishing Village policy which, in turn, is implemented on a day-to-day basis by
the Village Manager and staff. Located approximately 14 miles west of Chicago, in
the County of Cook, the Village occupies a land area of approximately 2.5 square
miles and has an estimated population of 15,600. The Village's housing stock is
primarily made up of quality single family homes ranging in price from $150,000 to
over $1,000,000. Homes within the Village are well preserved and maintain their
architectural and historic significance through sensitive restoration. An Historic
District designated by the National Trust for Historic Places is located within the
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