For the sixth time in 11 years, the Kansas Water Environment Association (KWEA) has named Gardner’s Kill Creek Water Resource Recovery Facility the Wastewater Treatment Plant of the Year in Class 4. Class 4 is the process of converting wastewater into an outflow that can either be reused or returned to the water cycle with minimal environmental impact.
Gardner’s facility received the most points generated from a plant inspection conducted by KWEA officials. Each plant is judged on staffing adequacy, safety, laboratory procedures, treatment process and control, Kansas Department and Health compliance, equipment status, recordkeeping, and community relations.
“The wastewater staff works tirelessly to ensure they are providing service excellence to the community and to the environment,” said Gonzalo Garcia, utility director.. “Receiving this award six times demonstrates their dedication and the value they place on their work.”
The Kill Creek Water Resource Recovery Facility staff includes Scott Millholland, plant supervisor, David Birzer, Steve Duke, Matt Solorio, James Allen and Dale Rittinghouse.