Genoa sewer plant named best in Illinois

GENOA – The city of Genoa won the Best Operated Wastewater Treatment Works award from the Illinois Association of Water Pollution Control Operators.

The city’s wastewater treatment facility on Madison Street was nominated by the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency’s Division of Water Pollution Control for this significant award. The organization considered 146 facilities statewide for the honor, and four were nominated.

The award is presented in five categories according to facility size and treatment process type. Genoa’s facility was nominated in the Group 2 category. A rigorous review by inspection teams was included in the selection process. The purpose of the award is to emphasize the relationship between quality wastewater treatment operations and clean receiving waters, and to give public recognition and encouragement to community officials and wastewater plant personnel.

The award recognizes the quality of the facility and the performance achieved by public works director Rich Gentile and his staff, Janice Melton, Tom Garrelts, Scott Sanford, Joe Flury, Matt Dyson, Frank Pluhm and Dick Graff.

Genoa Mayor Todd Walker and Mayor–elect Mark Vicary were present with Gentile for the presentation of the award. Walker noted that unlike some facilities in the competition, which receive federal funding for their operations or are recently constructed, Genoa’s plant is more than 35 years old and relies on a very tight budget to cover its operating costs.

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