Bensenville WWTF Improvements Wins Project of the Year Award
APWA IL Chicago Chapter selected Bensenville’s Wastewater Treatment Facility (WWTF) Improvements as a recipient of the 2017 Project of the Year Awards. Major modifications to the aging facility were needed to improve environmental sustainability, simplify treatment processes, improve effluent quality, increase wet-weather capacity, reduce energy use, and increase automation. Securing significant low interest financing and energy grant funding made this project viable and affordable for the community.
Highlights include how a relatively complex aging treatment plant can be simplified to reduce maintenance and energy requirements, and repurpose existing infrastructure to minimize construction costs. The facility is further protecting the environment by producing exceptional quality effluent and eliminating the 25-plus sanitary sewer overflows that had been occurring annually. Bensenville serves as an educational model to other communities as it is one of the first full-scale facilities implementing biological nutrient removal (BNR) in Illinois.