The Wetlands and Water Reclamation Facility added two more awards to its ever-growing collection.

The Wetlands and Water Reclamation Facility added two more awards to its ever-growing collection.

Most recently, the staff received a Kansas Water Environment Association plant award.

Plant awards are presented to municipalities for recognition of those plant operators who have done an outstanding job of plant operation and maintenance. 

"This award is really a testament to the operators running the facility," said Jason Patty, Wetlands and Water Reclamation plant superintendent. 

Award winners are selected based on plant performance, completeness of plant records and files, state of plant maintenance, maintenance records, schedules and programs, and the general appearance of plant and grounds. 

A nomination and a tour by a group of wastewater professionals are used to select the winners. During the tour all of the above mentioned requirements are looked at and documented as a scoring system for review. Upon completion of the tour, the scores are tabulated and compared to facilities of like size to determine a representative facility for that years’ KWEA Plant of the Year Award. 

This marks the third year the El Dorado Wetlands and Water Reclamation has been nominated and won the award.  Award bylaws discourage nominations after two successive years of winning the award, and a mandatory year of ineligibility is enforced. 

The Wetlands and Water Reclamation Facility won the award in 2009 and 2010.  After sitting out of the running in 2011, they were once again eligible for nomination and were awarded the Plant of the Year for 2012. 

"Although we were ineligible for Plant of the Year in 2011, we successfully won the Bio-solids Award across all classes of participants," Patty said. "For the last four years the Wetlands and Water Reclamation Facility has been privileged to showcase the efforts of our staff and City resources. If you haven’t been out to tour the facility I would encourage you to do so." 

Contact Patty at 322-4981 to schedule a tour. 

City staff also won first place in the Gimmicks and Gadgets competition at the annual KWEA/AWWA joint conference this past August. 

KWEA promotes this competition within the environmental field to provide an opportunity to present innovative ideas, devices or procedures that save time and money, are safe and help improve tasks to fellow operators and workers. This years’ entry was fabricated by Ron McClure and is located in the headworks building.