Arts in Action: The Future of Chicago's Waters

STARTS 4/7/2018 The Alice Center
5pm FREE, reservations required.

Arts in Action: The Future of Chicago's Waters
Saturday, April 7th | 5pm
Alice Rotunda at Goodman Theatre

Like the Norwegian spa town in Ibsen’s An Enemy of the People, Chicago’s water supply is a vital natural resource and a major economic engine. David St. Pierre of the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District (MWRD) will walk you through the colorful history of water in Chicago and describe the cutting edge technologies and zero-waste practices that MWRD is developing to manage and protect the region’s water supply into the future.



The District's seeks to protect the health and safety of the public in its service area, protect the quality of the water supply source (Lake Michigan), improve the quality of water in watercourses in its service area, protect businesses and homes from flood damanges and manage water as a vital resource for its service area. The District's service area is 883.5 square miles of Cook County. The District's seven modern water reclamation plants provide excellent treatment for residential and industrial wastewater, meeting permitted discharge limits virtually at all times. 

Learn more about the MWRD's services and facilities here.

  • Mar 2018
    An Enemy of the People

    An Enemy of the People

    Mar 10 - Apr 15, 2018 | In the Albert

    When a water contamination crisis puts their community in peril, two brothers face off in a battle of political ambitions and moral integrity. Nearly 150 years after Ibsen's masterpiece first thrilled audiences, it "is startling how current the play's ideas feel" (The New York Times) and remains "a play so necessary, exhilarating to experience." (The Village Voice).