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Ever want to impress friends and family with new vocabulary? Casually explain the difference between aeration tanks and final settling tanks? Let terms like anaerobic digestion, effluent, disinfection, and biosolids seep into your daily lexicon? Heck, are you just curious to know where sewage goes and how it is treated?
Then plan to stop by one of the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District’s treatment plants on Saturday, May 21 between 9 a.m. and noon for tours and an open house in celebration of Infrastructure Week, May 16–23. Learn about the variety of initiatives involving resource recovery and water reclamation. See the new disinfection facility using ultraviolet light at the O’Brien plant in Skokie or the one using chlorination and de-chlorination at the Calumet plant on the south side of Chicago. Get a preview of the new phosphorus recovery bioreactors at Stickney, which will eventually produce 10,000 tons a year of phosphorus crystals to be turned into fertilizer.
Open House on Saturday, May 21, 9 a.m. to noon.