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WLSSD earns national award for clean water performance

The Western Lake Superior Sanitary District has earned the prestigious 2020 Peak Performance Award from the National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA).

The Gold Peak Performance award is one of the industry’s highest honors and recognizes wastewater treatment facilities that have met the standard of 100% compliance with their National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit.

The NPDES discharge permit regulates the quality of the water discharged by WLSSD after treatment and sets quality standards for disinfection and the removal of solids and toxic compounds like mercury and dioxin.

“We are honored that NACWA has showcased WLSSD’s environmental achievements through the Peak Performance Awards Program,” said Marianne Bohren, WLSSD Executive Director. “This award is especially meaningful as it was earned in a year of extreme challenges as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“This award, our outstanding compliance record, and the quality of the St. Louis River is testament to how well we operate our regional facility. Our operating staff runs the facility remarkably well under some of the most difficult circumstances. It takes talent, skill and dedication to operate so well with varying wastewater flows and loadings, along with increasingly stringent regulations.”

“Area industrial customers, businesses and residents have also done an extraordinary job in reducing their use of toxic compounds like mercury,” continued Bohren. “This performance along with our effective operations, has allowed us to be among the best in our industry. We are honored to receive this special tribute.”

NACWA represents public agencies treating the vast majority – more than 80% – of the country’s wastewater from sewered areas.

Published in Duluth News WLSSD


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