One of the most popular local tours for Evanstonians to experience is the tour of the municipal water treatment facility, located just north of the Northwestern University campus.

Not only does the facility make Lake Michigan water safe for residents to drink, but it also brings in substantial revenues to the city from thirsty inland suburbs.

Community members are invited to tour the Evanston Water Treatment Facility, located at 555 Lincoln St., on Saturday, Oct.10.

The city’s Department of Utilities will provide two tours on a first-come, first-served basis. 

The first tour will be given from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. for residents 15 years and older. A second “child friendly” tour will follow from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for residents with children ages 6 years or older.

Anyone under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult. All adults are required to provide photo identification upon arrival.


Water facility tours are limited to the first 30 people that sign up for each group, and all must be Evanston residents. To register, call (847) 448-8198 or email the city by Wednesday, Oct. 7.

All participants must provide their name, address, phone number, and the names of all the individuals who will be attending in their group. Walk-in registration will not be available.

Parking will be available at the Water Treatment Facility via the driveway located on the north side of Lincoln Street between the two buildings. Participants are asked to arrive at the facility 20 minutes before the tour start time, as admittance to the facility will not be permitted once the tours have started.

Charles Bartling

A resident of Evanston since 1975, Chuck Bartling holds a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University and has extensive experience as a reporter and editor for daily newspapers, radio...

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