Best in Class

NORTH PLATTE, Neb. KNOP The North Platte Wastewater Treatment Facility was awarded the 2017 Scott Wilbur Outstanding Facility Award from the Nebraska Water Environment Association.

The award recognizes well-operated facilities within the state.

However, this is the first time the facility has won the Medium Facility Best in Class Award from the Nebraska Water Environment Association for 2017.

North Platte Wastewater Treatment Facility Superintendent Doug Meyer says the facility operated with lagoons up until the second phase of the project came online in 2007.

And while the lagoons have sat idle, they were put into use during the 2013 floods.

"It was blessing to keep especially this first lagoon cell due to that because like I said we came online in 2007 and by 2013 we were experiencing double the max flows of what the plant could handle, which would've totally washed out our plant and caused major problems," Meyer said. "We brought in over 13 million gallons in one day, so we were very blessed to keep the lagoon cells."

The facility is in the process of applying for a new permit to determine if upgrades will be needed to continue meeting federal regulations.

The permits are good for five years.

The facility, which sits on 4.5 acres of land, processes three million gallons of waste a day.

The first phase of the facility was built in 1994.