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The Jardine Water Purification Plant lies north of Navy Pier. Far in the distance can be seen the Four Mile Crib from which it once drew water, prior to the supply tunnels collapse.

The Jardine Water Purification Plant, formerly the Central District Filtration Plant, is the largest capacity water filtration plant in the world[citation needed], located at 1000 East Ohio Street, north of Navy Pier in Chicago, Illinois. It draws raw water from two of the city's water cribs far offshore in Lake Michigan and supplies 2/3 of water per day to consumers in the Chicagoland Area, the Sawyer Water Purification Plant Supplies the other 1/3. Constructed in the 1960s, it began functioning in 1968.[1] The plant was renamed after James W. Jardine, a 42-year city employee, who served as water commissioner from 1953 until his retirement in 1973. Shortly thereafter the Ohio Street Beach was formed in the bay created by the plant. Landscaping around the plant and in the adjoining Milton Olive Park was designed by Dan Kiley, and a statue, Hymn to Water, by Milton Horn graces the front entrance. The southern portion of the city is served by a separate plant, the Sawyer Water Purification Plant[2]. Together the two plants supply water to about 3 million residents in the city and 118 suburbs.[3]

Coordinates: 41°53′41″N 87°36′22″W / 41.8947°N 87.6062°W / 41.8947; -87.6062


  1. ^ "Water Purification". Eastland Memorial Society. Retrieved 2007-09-30.
  2. ^ title= Name Change
  3. ^ "World's Largest Water Treatment Plant Optimizes Procedures Based on ALGOR Fluid Flow Results". ALGOR, Inc. 2007. Retrieved 2007-08-13.