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Chicago home to largest water treatment plant in the world

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The James W. Jardine Plant in Chicago is the largest water treatment plant in the world. Here are some fascinating facts about it:
•    Chicagoans use nearly 1 billion gallons of water a day – enough to fill the Sears Tower two and half times.
•    Lake Michigan is the source of Chicago’s water supply.
•    The plant treats one million gallons of water a minute.
•    The plant serves 5.5 million people in Chicago and surrounding suburbs.
•    The plant has 96 swimming pool-size filters to treat water
•    Eight hours after entering the plant, water is ready to drink.

Chicago is also home to the world’s largest wastewater treatment plant too, the Stickney Water Reclamation Plant.

Watch this interesting video right on the Chicago Water Department’s website to learn more about the James W. Jardine Plant.
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