|Jozef Bernatak posted|
Reversing the flow of the Chicago River kept the sewage that drains into the North Branch out of the lake, but it did not keep the sewage that drained into the lake out of the lake. So the sanitary district built intercepting sewers along the lake front from 1900-07 to carry the sewage to this pumping station which dumped it into the North Branch. (The Chicago River An illustrated History and Guide to the River and Its Waterways, 2nd Edition, 2006, David M. Solzman, p.75)
After the North Side Water Reclamation Plant was built, I assume it pumps the lake side sewage into an interceptor sewer that feeds the WRP.
A completed section of intercepting sewer in an unknown location, with scaffolding below a manhole shaft and an electric locomotive with muck cars on September 11, 1928
A view of the bottom of a drop shaft during construction of the North Side intercepting sewer on September 6, 1924
|ChicagoRiver: Water Quality Milestones|
Canoers enjoy the waters near the Lawrence Avenue Pumping Station (2005).