The Downers Grove Sanitary District invites the community to visit the
Wastewater Treatment Center for the 27lh annual Open House on Saturday, Oct. 1.
The Open House is a free, family-friendly event from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Oct. 1 at the
District’s Treatment Center, 5003 Walnut Avenue in Downers Grove (three blocks north of
Maple Avenue at the Burlington Northern railroad tracks). Refreshments will also be provided.
This year will highlight how the Sanitary District is using the latest technologies in wastewater
collection and treatment, as well as how the District best serves its customers by recovering
resources and controlling costs.
The Open House is a unique opportunity for residents to experience firsthand how a local
wastewater treatment plant operates. Visitors can tour the plant with one of the District’s
wastewater experts to learn about the different processes used to clean wastewater that comes from
homes and businesses. On the tour, visitors will also see fish living in a tank of treated wastewater,
an example of how effective the process is!
Visitors can also talk with sewer system and lift stations experts, learn about biosolids and see
live microorganisms used to clean wastewater.
A majority of the tour is walking outdoors and visitors should dress accordingly for outdoor
weather conditions. Tours are good for scout groups looking for merit badges or students seeking
extra credit. Anyone bringing a scout group should call the office at 630-353-3606 to schedule a
tour. Individuals requesting accommodations for special needs are asked to call in advance.
For more information, contact the District office at 630-969-0664, email email@example.com or