The Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago probably is the biggest governmental unit we all pay the least attention to, until we have flooding on our streets and water in our basements.

The agency that protects our water supply, and handles wastewater and stormwater management for Chicago and much of the surrounding Cook County suburbs spends more than $1 billion of our tax money every year and employs 2,000 people.

It’s time someone paid close attention to it.

The great news is that the commissioners who oversee this government are taking steps themselves toward creating an inspector general office that will work to provide independent oversight.

Read the rest at the Chicago Sun-Times.