Sewage Effluent Disinfection Starts Today!

 “Investing in the Chicago River is good for the river and good for the region,” continued Frisbie,” It improves quality of life, makes the river healthier for people and wildlife, and provides substantial economic benefits that are just starting to be recognized.”

This new technology will make the water cleaner for recreators and is the natural next step to reach our long term and legally sanctioned goal of swimming in the Chicago River system as well as supporting all kinds of recreation and river uses. A 2013 study called Our Liquid Asset: The Economic Benefits of a Clean Chicago River by Friends and Openlands found that for every dollar invested in clean water and open space we get $1.70 in return.

Find out more about disinfection and how we got here.