MPCA recognizes critical work and operation excellence of wastewater facilities

Contact: Lauren Lewandowski, 612-270-9615

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) is recognizing 311 Minnesota wastewater treatment facilities for outstanding permit compliance for the period between October 2018 and September 2019.

The MPCA appreciates the considerable efforts by permittees and operators to protect and preserve water quality. It is this kind of difficult work that has enabled Minnesota to significantly reduce pollution coming from point sources like sewage treatment facilities.

To receive this recognition, facilities were required to submit all reports to the MPCA correctly and on time, demonstrate consistent compliance with monitoring, operations, and maintenance requirements, and employ staff certified by the MPCA in wastewater operations. MPCA staff reviewed more than 1,000 facilities for the award and 311 were recognized.

The Annual Wastewater Operations Conference, which brings together wastewater operators from Minnesota for training and professional education, was cancelled this year due to COVID-19. The awards were mailed to participants in May.

Minnesota has approximately 1,600 municipal and industrial wastewater treatment facilities. Community, institution, or treatment plant size were not factors in awarding the certificates.

A complete list of winners is available on the MPCA’s Wastewater Treatment Facility Operations Award webpage.