The Kankakee River Metropolitan Agency (KRMA) upgrades project (Good KRMA: Upgrading a Valuable Regional Asset) won a 2018 ACEC Illinois Excellence Special Achievement Award.

About the Project: Innovative designs integrated throughout all 4 phases of KRMA’s $58.8 million wastewater treatment plant (WWTP) upgrade project solved numerous facility and environmental issues. Substantial improvements to treatment, system automation, energy, and odor control, as well as a creative approach to the facility’s National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit were successfully implemented to meet and exceed KRMA’s goals to continue to evolve toward a sustainable, net-zero energy facility that balances the needs of both the community and environment. KRMA operates a 25 MGD average design (100 MGD peak) flow WWTP that serves several communities, including 31 industrial users. 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 $2.65 million in grants and principal forgiveness, and is realizing significant annual savings in electricity, natural gas, and building maintenance. For more project information or how we can assist you with your wastewater needs, please contact us.