The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 5 has named two Minnesota wastewater treatment plants among the best-operated in the six-state region for 2004. The Seneca plant in Eagan and the Waseca facility are two of ten plants to receive EPA Regional Operation and Maintenance Awards this year.
The Eagan plant was recognized as the second best in the "large, advanced treatment" category. It serves about 240,000 people in the southern part of the Minneapolis-St. Paul metropolitan area and discharges to the Minnesota River. It is operated by Metropolitan Council Environmental Services (MCES), the primary wastewater collection and treatment authority in the Twin Cities area.
The Waseca plant was recognized as the best in the "medium, advanced treatment" category. It serves about 9,600 people, including a federal prison, and discharges to the LeSueur River.
Source: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency