Editorial Staff Tours Chicago’s Mainstream Pumping Station
WWD, WQP and SWS editors view key elements of ‘Deep Tunnel’ system
Editorial Director Neda Simeonova, along with Water & Wastes Digest (WWD) Managing Editor Caitlin Cunningham, Water Quality Products (WQP) Managing Editor Kate Cline and Storm Water Solutions (SWS) Managing Editor Elizabeth Lisican, recently traveled to Hodgkins, Ill., to tour the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago’s (MWRDGC) Mainstream Pumping Station. The station is part of the district’s expansive Tunnel and Reservoir Plan (TARP), also known as Chicago’s Deep Tunnel, designed to capture combined sewer overflows from an area of 375 sq miles.
MWRDGC coordinated the tour, which included descent into the facility’s dewatering station and pump house, along with trips to the trash removal room and nearby McCook Reservoir, currently under construction. Chief Operating Engineer Henry Marks walked the WWD, WQP and SWS editorial staff through maps and models demonstrating TARP’s history and long-term goals before leading Simeonova, Cunningham, Cline and Lisican on the tour.
WWD, WQP and SWS invite you to view the attached slideshow presentation highlighting our experience.