KRMA WWTP Project Wins 2018 APWA Award
The Kankakee River Metropolitan Agency (KRMA) upgrades project (Good KRMA: Upgrading a Valuable Regional Asset) received a 2018 APWA Southwest Branch Award for Project of the Year and was recently recognized at the branch banquet in January.
About the Project: KRMA operates a 25 mgd average design (100 mgd peak) flow WWTP that serves several communities, including 31 industrial users. Aging facilities (some from 1936), equipment failures, and new permit requirements necessitated an upgrade. The $58.8 million project was split into four phases. Major improvements were made to nearly every building and process, including SCADA system; pumping and preliminary treatment; hydraulics; aeration system; disinfection; anaerobic digestion; biosolids management; and energy efficiency. KRMA obtained $2,650,000 in grants and principal forgiveness, and has been receiving significant annual savings in electricity, natural gas, and building maintenance since project implementation.
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