MADISON TREATMENT PLANTS WINS STATE AWARD
The City of Madison’s Water Pollution Control Facility was awarded the Class III Plant of the year. This award is given to the very best Class III Wastewater Department in the Southern part of Indiana. This area ranges from Indianapolis, Indiana to the Ohio River. This is Madison’s fourth win and third in the last five years, with previous awards won in 2009, 2013, and 2014. During 2015 and 2016, the plant has been under construction.
This award was given by the Southern Indiana Operators Association. The SIOA was established in 1972 in order to provide continuing educational and professional opportunities to water treatment operators, lab technicians, supervisors, engineers, and sales representatives.
There are several factors that are graded at each Class III Wastewater Treatment Plant. A five member team visits each plant and grades them per the efficiency of the following:
-Laboratory: Quality Control, Quality Assurance, cleanliness, efficiency, samplings, and record keeping.
-Plant Maintenance: Record Keeping, Policies, and overall equipment condition.
-Safety: Personal protective equipment, first aid, eye wash and emergency showers, training on lock out tag out, Confined Space, etc.
-Overall Plant operation: Removal Rates, cleanliness of final effluent, plant and grounds.
-Personnel knowledge: of plant operations, maintenance and safety.
-Industrial Pretreatment: Inspections, sampling, record keeping.
-Overall plant improvements in the past year and overall cleanliness of the Facility.
Plant Manager Chad Thompson said, “I’m extremely proud of this award. It’s a team effort to ensure the smooth operation of this vital facility, and I’m very proud of our dedicated team.”
“I see the work of this extremely dedicated WPCF team every day and I’m glad that they are being recognized for their hard work and pride in running our facility he right way,” said Mayor Damon Welch.