- Education & Training
- WRRF Initiative
State of Michigan
Water Resource Recovery Facility Initiative
Developed by the Michigan Water Environment Association
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P.U.M.P. Award - Excellence in WRRF Recognition Application
(Application deadline: September 1st)
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including past recipients, click here.
MWEA would like to congratulate and recognize the following Michigan utilities that have been selected to receive the Utility of the Future Today recognition. The recognition is given by the National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA), the Water Environment Federation (WEF), the Water Research Foundation (WRF) and the WateReuse Association, with input from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). "The Utility of the Future Today honorees exemplify the kind of forward-thinking leadership that strengthens the entire water sector," said WEF Executive Director Eileen O'Neill. "We are thrilled to celebrate and recognize these utilities that not only embrace but expand water sector innovation."
In June of 2015, Ed McCormick of Oakland, California, then president of the Water Environment Federation (WEF), spoke at the opening session of the annual conference of the Michigan Water Environment Association (MWEA). Mr. McCormick’s presentation on the Water Resource Utility of the Future included a vision for improved energy, nutrient and solids recycling and recovery at wastewater treatment plants throughout the country.
This vision sparked an impassioned interest in Mr. William “Bill” Creal, then Chief of the Water Resources Division (WRD) of the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ), regarding the opportunities these concepts provide for communities in Michigan. Later that year, Mr. Creal proposed, with the support of the Governor’s office and the head of DEQ, to develop recycling metrics for the state’s wastewater treatment plants. WRD leadership invited the MWEA to review and comment on draft metrics.
The next step was formation of a joint MDEQ / MWEA task force to discuss the opportunities. These discussions led to MWEA submitting a grant proposal to MDEQ. After review, the grant proposal was eventually approved in January 2016 to develop and explore ideas to assist in launching a program to promote recycling at the state’s treatment facilities.
The following tasks were established to help reach these objectives.
Companion documents include:
Mike Lunn, of Grand Rapids,
received Michigan's 1st
Utility of the Future Today Recognition