West by Southwest to Stickney

Chapter 6 Photos, 21–45

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Central Area Water Reclamation Plants

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Photo 6.32

Looking north on December 7, 1936. The six raw sewage pumps at the Southwest pumping station discharge into a large plenum west of the station. The two conduits convey sewage to the preliminary settling tanks. Grit tanks were not included in the initial construction. The full capacity of the six pumps is 2,000 cubic feet per second or 1.3 billion gallons per day. (MWRD photo 22535)