The Water Environment Federation (WEF) is announcing the 2022 WEF Operational and Design Excellence Awards recipients. These individuals and organizations are recognized for the outstanding contributions to the water environment and solutions to operational challenges.

The Industrial Water Quality Achievement Award is presented to a corporation that best demonstrates significant, lasting, and measurable excellence in water quality improvement or in the prevention of water quality degradation as demonstrated by innovative design and operation of an industrial wastewater, pretreatment, or source prevention program.

Bush Brothers & Company (Chestnut Hill, TN)
The Bush Brothers & Company (BB&C) bean production facility in Chestnut Hill, TN has gone the extra mile in incorporating sustainability, reliability, flexibility, and environmental conservation in the use of a Process Water Reclamation Facility at their manufacturing plant. All the treated effluent is put back into use and all the generated biogas is utilized as an additional fuel source.

This award recognizes WEF Exhibitor Members who have introduced new innovative products or services related to the construction, operation, or maintenance of treatment facilities.

EnviroMix– BioMix-DC: EnviroMix’s phosphorus reduction technology is a refinement of the typical MLE configuration. The enhanced anaerobic stage increases VFA production, which increases phosphorus reduction while reducing energy consumption and chemical precipitation.

Aquacycl–Biochemical Treatment: Aquacycl's microbial fuel cell delivers on a technology that has shown great promise but eluded commercialization. The ability of bacteria to oxidize organic matter and export electrons can both drive wastewater treatment and provide electricity.

GEA Group Biosolids–Biosolids Granulator: GEA’s biosolid granulator uses waste heat and a high-speed centrifuge to maximize the removal of water from sludge.

This award honors Philip F. Morgan, who served with distinction as professor of sanitary engineering at the State University of Iowa from 1948-1961. This award recognizes valuable contributions to the in-facility study and solution of operational problems.

Casey Mentzer
Nevada Water Environment Association

Casey Mentzer is the Process Engineer at the Truckee Meadows Water Reclamation Facility in Nevada. This award is for his research and solution to operational issues of an Ostara Pearl 2K reactor. Casey significantly increased plant production, decreased downtime, and saved costs.

The Schroepfer Medal recognizes excellence in conceiving and directing the design of a project to achieve substantial cost savings or economic benefit, while achieving environmental objectives. The medal is in honor of George J. Schroepfer, WEF's third President, and an educator who stressed the economics in design of wastewater facilities.

William Angoli, P.E.
Central States Water Environment Association
Mr. Angoli is a Project Manager with NEW Water in Green Bay, Wisconsin. He has managed all major water reclamation facility projects at NEW Water over the past 30 years. Most recently, he was named project manager for the $179 million Resource Recovery and Electrical Energy project beginning with developing the facilities plan in 2008 through design, construction, and commissioning that was completed in 2019.

The Water Quality Improvement Award is presented annually to the water quality improvement program that best demonstrates significant, lasting, and measurable excellence in water quality improvement or in prevention of water quality degradation in a region, basin, or water body.

Anne Arundel County “Turnkey” Program (Anne Arundel County, MD)
Maryland’s Anne Arundel County Bureau of Watershed Protection & Restoration has implemented the Full Delivery of Water Quality Improvements “Turnkey” Program. This program has proven to be a highly efficient mechanism for supporting sustainable development.

WEF's annual Project Excellence Award pays tribute to excellence and innovation in the execution of projects and programs in the water sector.

Boise (ID) Water Renewal Utility Plan
Honorees: City of Boise, Idaho Water Renewal Services, and Brown and Caldwell.
Boise's Water Renewal Services initiated a landmark planning process for Water Renewal Services, comprising of five facilities and approximately $3 billion in assets. Completed in 2020, the City and Brown and Caldwell created a plan that aligned utility activities with community expectations to guide capital expenditures over a 10- and 20-year planning horizon.

Hampton Roads (VA) Sanitation District Providence Road Offline Storage Facility and Woodstock Park Improvements
Honorees: Hampton Roads Sanitation District (HRSD), Hazen and Sawyer and Crowder Construction.
HRSD and Virginia Beach Parks and Recreation partnered to construct a 5.2-million- gallon wastewater storage and pumping facility within the existing 13- acre Woodstock Park in Virginia Beach. This facility is potentially like no other in the country due to a combination of the site’s dual uses, the size of the HRSD storage facility, the rainwater collection/reuse, the automated tank cleaning capabilities, educational opportunities, and park amenities that connect the recreational lives of the surrounding community.

WSSC (DC) Water Seneca Water Resource Recovery Facility
Honorees: WSSC Water and Brown and Caldwell.
New science-based optimization approaches at WSSC Seneca WRRF are estimated to reduce energy and chemical costs by (~$500K/yr) resulting in a decreased carbon footprint and reduced economic impact on WSSC Water ratepayers. The plans are underway to expand the operation to the whole plant and implement at the rest of WSSC Water’s WRRFs.


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