NMPP Energy awarded the City of Delta with a Project of the Year Award for its wastewater effluent diffuser project in the over 5,000 population category at its 37th annual meeting and conference in Hastings, Neb., March 28.
The award is presented annually to honor a project or program by an NMPP Energy member community/utility that creates a more cohesive community, whether it is a project created for the entire community or one that makes it easier for city staff and employees to serve their customers.
One award is given in each of the three categories, based on population: 1,500-under, 1,501-5,000 and more than 5,000.
The City of Delta is a wholesale power customer of the Municipal Energy Agency of Nebraska, the wholesale power supply organization of NMPP Energy.
Faced with millions of dollars in improvements to make on its wastewater treatment plant to meet new effluent discharge limits into the Gunnison River, the City embarked on implementing an innovative solution: a river wastewater effluent diffuser. The diffuser was designed and installed for $484,000 and completed in May 2011. It also provided a solution to meeting river water quality requirements to protect several threatened and endangered fish species.
The project saved the City significant money and wastewater treatment operational costs while meeting Colorado discharge permit requirements and preserving Gunnison River water quality for the benefit of fish species and recreational activities.
Along with recognition at NMPP Energy's annual meeting and conference, the award winners were given $200 that will go to a local project or organization.blog comments powered by Disqus