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Grand Island wastewater division recognized at fall conference

Post Date:December 04, 2017 9:30 a.m.

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Contact:                     Wendy Meyer-Schmidt, Public Information Officer
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Release Date:             Nov. 29, 2017—Immediate


Grand Island wastewater division recognized at fall conference

   Grand Island, Nebr.— The City of Grand Island Wastewater Division was once again recognized at the recent fall conference in Kearney. The conference is jointly hosted by the American Public Works Association, Nebraska Water Environment Association, and American Water Works Association.

   At the conference the Grand Island Wastewater Division employees expanded knowledge of the wastewater industry and gained Continuing Education Credits which are required by the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality to maintain a Wastewater Certificate.

   The City of Grand Island Wastewater Treatment Facility received the Scott Wilbur Outstanding Facility Award and the Silver Safety Award for the outstanding work of the facility and its employees.

   This is the fourth year in a row the Grand Island Wastewater Division received the outstanding facility and silver safety awards. The Grand Island staff achieved this exemplary status despite ranging issues, such as future permit limits and industrial flow variations, which challenge the staff and the community served. The Scott Wilber Award was first given in 1955 in honor of Scott Wilber, a wastewater facility operator who worked for the City of Omaha and routinely exceeded operations and maintenance expectations to ensure his facility remained in compliance.

   The Safety Award recognizes organizations for excellence in accident prevention and the promotion of safety including meetings, materials, program, and safety updates. More detailed award information is available at:

   “The management staff of the Wastewater Treatment Plant thanks all of the employees for their hard work and attention to safety. Without them, these awards are not possible,” said Dallas Powell, wastewater regulatory compliance manager.  



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