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Sustainable Water Management. David St. Pierre Executive Director, Metropolitan Water Reclamation District [email protected] Sustainable Water Management. Water Situation in Chicago Sustainable Management Issues MWRD’s Sustainable Management Approach. Chicago Water Environment.

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Sustainable water management

Sustainable Water Management

David St. Pierre

Executive Director, Metropolitan Water Reclamation District

[email protected]


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Sustainable Water Management

  • Water Situation in Chicago

  • Sustainable Management Issues

  • MWRD’s Sustainable Management Approach


Chicago water environment

Chicago Water Environment

  • Lake Michigan – 3000 cfs Allocation

  • Cost of Water - $2.50 / 1000 gallons

  • Lake Michigan Water Level

  • Chicago Area Waterway – Discretionary Diversion


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Chicago Water Environment

  • Invasive Species

  • Nutrient Runoff Issues Affecting Ground Water

  • Water Quality and System Management


Sustainable water management

MWRD Sustainable Approach


Sustainable water management

  • Sustainable Landscape

  • Dramatically Reducing Landfilling of Wastes

  • 30% of 1,000,000 tons are organic

  • 30% Syngas Fuel

  • 20% Recycle Product


Sustainable water management

  • Sustainable Energy

  • Creating Electricity from Sewage Solids and Organic Waste Materials

  • MWRD Footprint 13 MW

  • Minor Modifications 22 MW

  • Waste to Energy Potential 80 MW


Sustainable water management

  • Sustainable Fleet

  • CTA, City of Chicago, Parks, MWRD

  • Compressed Natural Gas


Sustainable water management

  • Sustainable Reduction

  • Deammonification / Denitritation

  • 40% Energy Reduction – WERF 60% - 80%


Sustainable water management

  • Sustainable Recovery

  • Closing the Phosphorus Cycle

  • Non-renewable resource

  • High Quality Environmentally Friendly Phosphorus

  • 10,000 Tons Annual Yield Potential


Sustainable water management

  • Sustainable Soils

  • Class A Biosolids: 140,000 tons/year

  • City of Chicago Yard Waste Blend

  • Reduction in maintenance costs – better results


Sustainable water management

  • Sustainable Support

  • Brownfield Mitigation / CO2 Recovery

  • Millennium Reserve

  • Green Infrastructure


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