Toledo Division of Water Reclamation Awarded Gold Peak Performance Award
The City of Toledo’s Division of Water Reclamation was awarded a Gold Peak Performance Award from the National Association of Clean Water Agencies for 2020.
The Peak Performance Awards recognize member agency facilities for excellence in wastewater treatment as measured by compliance with their National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permits.
“This award program recognizes the hard work and commitment to excellence Toledo’s Division of Water Reclamation puts forth on behalf of the environment and our community,” Public Utilities Director Ed Moore said. “Gold Awards are presented to facilities with no violations during a calendar year. It is our goal to protect and enhance public health, property, and the environment through the efficient and progressive treatment of wastewater in compliance with the State of Ohio and national standards.”
The Bay View Treatment Plant is the largest wastewater treatment facility in northwest Ohio. The facility, which is located near the mouth of the Maumee River, provides treatment services to an approximately 100-square-mile area. About 84-square-miles of the area is located within Toledo. Other areas served by the facility include Rossford, the villages of Walbridge, Ottawa Hills, and Northwood, and portions of Wood County and Lucas County. The population of the service area is approximately 400,000.
The Bay View Treatment Plant is the center point of the Toledo Waterways Initiative Program (TWI), which completed construction of its final project in August 2020 – the Downtown Storage Basin. That marked the end of the construction phase for the program. The TWI program started in 2002 and it included 45 separate projects, encompassing 48-square-miles at a total cost of nearly $530 million. An estimated 650 million gallons of untreated sewage was eliminated from our waterways on an annual basis – improving the quality of our rivers and streams.