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Dixon wastewater treatment plant nominated for award

Announcement will be made in April

DIXON – Dixon’s wastewater treatment facility is one of seven municipal operations to be nominated for a state award.

The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency’s Division of Water Pollution Control nominated Dixon for Best Operated Wastewater Treatment Works for Group 1, which includes any plant that handles more than 1 million gallons a day. The group includes 180 plants.

The Dixon plant averages 3 million gallons a day, but was designed to handle up to 4.5 million, said Dan Mahan, superintendent of the wasterwater treatment facility.

“This is a testament to the pride and dedication that the Wastewater Department – Tim Stover, Tim Love, Josh McNitt and I – have in our careers in the wastewater field,” he said in an email.

The winner will be announced in April, during the annual conference of the Illinois Association of Water Pollution Control Operators.

The organization’s inspection teams will pick the winner after on-site reviews of each facility.

In 2007, the Dixon plant was named Plant of the Year.

The other treatment plants nominated were in McHenry, East Moline, Urbana-Champaign, Taylorville, Olney and Sauget.

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