The City of Gardner is proud to announce that the Kill Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant has once again won the KWEA (Kansas Water Environment Association) Plant Award and the KWEA Plant Safety Award. Every plant in the state is eligible to compete for these awards, and recipients are considered to have the safest, best managed and maintained plants in their respective classes. Included in Gardner’s class are Topeka, Wichita, Olathe, Johnson County Wastewater and other cities in the state with a population over 10,000.
The KWEA Plant Award is presented annually to the treatment plant with the most points generated from a plant inspection conducted by KWEA officials, and the criteria evaluated are: staffing, safety, laboratory, process evaluation and control, KDHE compliance, equipment status, records, public relations and bonus points. The Kill Creek plant has won the Plant Award four times in the last ten years.
The KWEA Plant Safety Award is presented annually to the treatment plant with the most points generated from a plant inspection conducted by KWEA officials. There are twenty-nine separate items inspected and the list of items evaluated includes a wide range of safety information and recordkeeping, including maintaining general safety records and records from tailgate safety meetings, and the maintenance of safety equipment. The Kill Creek plant has won the Plant Safety Award three times in the last ten years.
Gardner’s City Administrator, Ms. Cheryl Harrison-Lee, states, “I am pleased to recognize our staff on their outstanding job of operating the Kill Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant while maintaining superior safety, recordkeeping and maintenance standards. I take pride in the City’s history of excellence in this area and look forward to upholding these standards in the future.”
Staff was presented with both awards during the joint KWEA/AWWA (Kansas Water Environment Association/American Water Works Association) Conference last month in Topeka and will also be recognized by Mayor Drovetta at the upcoming September 17, 2012, City Council Meeting.