Office of Public Affairs

Established in 1889, the MWRD is an award-winning, special purpose government agency responsible for wastewater treatment and stormwater management in Cook County, Illinois. The Office of Public Affairs strives to promote an understanding of the MWRD and its activities by working with local municipalities, public and private organizations and the media.

Staff from the Office of Public Affairs participates in community events and coordinates tours of the treatment plants, pumping stations and other facilities.

Please follow the MWRD on  Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Twitter and YouTube. In addition, we are working to place our robust historical photo catalogue online.

To register for a facility tour, sign up for news releases, request a speaker or participate in a community event, or to request historical photos, please contact the Office of Public Affairs at 312-751-6633 or e-mail