Evanston’s water plant — generally off limits to the public because of security concerns — will open for a rare tour for a limited number of local residents next month.

UPDATE 3:45 p.m. 8/26/10: All the slots for next month’s tour are now filled. City staffers say another tour is being planned for sometime “in the near future.”

Evanston’s water plant — generally off limits to the public because of security concerns — will open for a rare tour for a limited number of local residents next month.

UPDATE 3:45 p.m. 8/26/10: All the slots for next month’s tour are now filled. City staffers say another tour is being planned for sometime “in the near future.”

Utilities Director Dave Stoneback says the hour-long tour, at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 25, will provide Evanstonians a chance “to get an up-close look at an interesting and complex process that delivers the millions of gallons of water daily.”

He says the tour will be limited to 30 people who must be Evanston residents. The residents must provide their name, address and phone number as well as the names of all the individuals that will be attending in their party. Residents can sign-up by e-mail at water@cityofevanston.org or by phone at 847-866-2942.

Only persons on the guest list will be granted access to the facility at 555 Lincoln St. Anyone under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult. All adults will be requested to provide photo identification as they arrive.

Parking will be allowed in the facility’s gated parking lot accessible via the driveway on the north side of Lincoln Street between the two buildings. Visitors should arrive at the water plant between 8:30 and 9 a.m. Persons who arrive late will be turned away.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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