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Perfect score on annual USEPA Proficiency Testing Study DMRQA-37

Posted on September 22nd, 2017

Fox Metro Water Reclamation District is pleased to announce that its Laboratory has scored a perfect 100% on all analytes, including the voluntary parameters. This performance evaluation study is required each year for all National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit holders. “The study is continually getting more difficult but we welcome the challenge,” commented Lab…

Fox Metro Staff Earn Distinctions

Posted on July 25th, 2017

Members of Fox Metro’s staff attended the Illinois Wastewater Professionals Conference in Springfield and two employees form the Laboratory Department competed in the Operators’ Challenge.  We would like to congratulate Christina Smith for receiving First Place in the Laboratory category and Sue Glavan for being the overall winner of the Operators’ Challenge in 2017. Fox…

Odor Improvements

Posted on July 17th, 2017

Fox Metro has a rigorous odor control program to assess and subsequently reduce the impact of odors to the surrounding community.   Recent odor investigation work has shown that the raw sewage wet well building at the wastewater treatment plant, known as Building K, is an odor source.   In 2017, an activated carbon adsorption system will…

Fox Metro to Participate in Greenfest

Posted on June 6th, 2017

Fox Metro is pleased to participate again this year in Aurora Greenfest on Saturday, June 10, 2017 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Medications are collected as part of Fox Metro’s ongoing Medication Take Back Program, which prevents unwanted medication from ending up in waterways or accidentally consumed by children.  Medication disposal is free and…

Fox Metro Operations Supervisor earns Hatfield Award

Posted on May 22nd, 2017

Joel Ilseman, the Operations Supervisor for Fox Metro, was presented the Dr. William Hatfield Award by the Illinois Water Environment Association to acknowledge outstanding performance and professionalism by a wastewater treatment plant operator.  In 2007, the District began to implement the first phase of a multi-year capital improvements program.  The $50 million first phase program…

April Showers

Posted on May 12th, 2017

April 2017 has been one of the wettest springs on record.   Over April 29th and 30th, another 4” of rain fell over the Fox Metro service area, resulting in heavy flows to the wastewater treatment plant.  Fox Metro’s personnel worked tirelessly during the storm to maximize treatment capacity so that all of the wastewater entering…

April 22 is Earth Day!

Posted on April 21st, 2017

Earth Day is an annual event celebrated worldwide on April 22. Various events are held across the globe in more than 193 countries to demonstrate support for environmental protection.  Riding a bike, recycling, planting your own garden, conserving water and energy, or simply going outside and enjoying nature are just some of the ways you…

Wipes Clog Pipes!

Posted on October 5th, 2016

Flushable cleaning wipes are not so flushable, despite their advertisements. They do not break down as quickly as toilet paper when flushed and can cause severe clogs, sewer backups, and can damage sewer lines and pumps.  These clogs and sewer backups can lead to increased user fees for residents, but the costs can be even…

Want to learn about the wastewater treatment process?

Posted on May 12th, 2016

Have you ever wondered what happens to water after it's flushed down the drain? Take a look at this 3D Virtual Tour to learn about the wastewater treatment process and how Fox Metro helps to promote a clean water environment. Wastewater Treatment Plant 3D Virtual Tour You can also visit our About menu to watch…

“One Day” Cleanup Event to be held Saturday April 8th

Posted on April 6th, 2017

Fox Metro has partnered with the Kiwanis Club of Aurora, City of Aurora, Aurora Township, Fox Valley Park District, and other local agencies in conducting what we hope will be another successful cleanup event.  Portions of the Fox River from Ashland Avenue to the Fox Valley Park District’s Cole Center, including various Fox Valley Park…

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