When the Bloomington-Normal Southeast Wastewater Treatment Plant won a 2018 Plant of the Year award from the Illinois Association of Water Pollution Control Operators, team members were ecstatic.
Randy Stein, executive director and sports fan, likened it to winning the “Stanley Cup of wastewater.” On its way to the award (in Group 1 for plants larger than 7.5 mgd), the plant racked up 12 consecutive Gold Peak Performance Awards from the National Association of Clean Water Agencies.
The Bloomington-Normal Water Reclamation District was formed in 1919 and serves Bloomington, Normal, and the Village of Downs and subdivision of Crestwicke in central Illinois, with a total population of 134,000. The award recognizes safety, permit compliance, operations staff knowledge, and cleanliness and maintenance. A long-standing habit of excellence and effective planning set the plant up for the award.