Water Conservation Chicago River and Willis Tower

Published on September 10th, 2012 | by Heather Carr


Waste Water Dumped into the Chicago River

Chicago River and Willis Tower

More than 1.2 billion gallons of partially treated waste water goes into the Chicago River each day.  This infographic from Angel Water Conditioning, Inc. really brings that home.

In 2010, the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago conducted a study to determine the environmental effects of treating the city’s sewage before dumping it in the river.  The claim was that adding disinfection would increase the carbon footprint of the utilities.

The Chicago River winds through the city of Chicago for 156 miles before heading out to the Mississippi River basin.  Pollutants that go into the Chicago River end up in the waters of much of the nation before finally reaching the Gulf of Mexico and, perhaps, contributing to the dead zone there.

Waste Dumped in the Chicago River Infographic

Chicago River and Willis Tower photo via Shutterstock

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Heather Carr loves food, politics, and innovative ways to make the world a better place. She counts Jacques Pepin and Speed Racer among her inspirations. You can find her on Facebook or Google+.

3 Responses to Waste Water Dumped into the Chicago River

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  2. This is something that the government should be aware and worried of. How can we solve this thing? Is it serious? As an individual, can we do something on this? Nice article, by the way, love the images.

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