WLSSD Earns National Award for Clean Water Performance

WLSSD Earns National Award for Clean Water Performance


WASHINGTON, D.C.—Western Lake Superior Sanitary District (WLSSD) has earned the prestigious 2019 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. The award will be presented on October 28, 2020 at NACWA’s Awards Ceremony and 50th Anniversary Commemoration virtual event.

“We are honored that NACWA has showcased WLSSD’s environmental achievements and our nation’s public wastewater utilities through the Peak Performance Awards Program,” said Marianne Bohren, WLSSD Executive Director.

“This award, our outstanding compliance record, and the quality of the St. Louis River is testament to how well our facility is operated,” Bohren continued. “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, coupled with our dedicated operating staff, has allowed us to be among the best in our industry.  We are honored to receive this special tribute”

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

Western Lake Superior Sanitary District provides award-winning wastewater and solid waste services to residents, businesses and industries within its 525 square mile legislative boundaries in Southern St. Louis and northern Carlton counties, and is a nationally recognized leader in pollution prevention.