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BWL’s Dye Water Conditioning Plant Honored with Several Awards

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For Immediate Release

Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014

Contact: Amy Akers, aja@lbwl.com

517-702-6882

 

BWL’s Dye Water Conditioning Plant Honored with Several Awards 

The Lansing Board of Water & Light celebrated the 75th anniversary of the John F. Dye Water Conditioning Plant on Wednesday, December 3, as well as the plant’s namesake, and served as a backdrop to be honored with several awards.

The Dye Water Plant was the first ever public drinking water facility given the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality Clean Corporate Citizen award, which recognizes the plant’s longstanding environmental stewardship. The award also cited equipment and process upgrades, which has enhanced reliability, improved efficiency and reduced chemical costs by more than 40 percent.

“The BWL has always been committed to being environmental leaders and finding ways to be sustainable,” said General Manager J. Peter Lark. “Nothing in the plant is wasted. Every year 35,000 tons of calcium carbonate sludge produced at the end of the water conditioning cycle is diverted from being landfilled to use as a soil PH adjustment.”

John F. Dye for was recognized his posthumous induction into the Michigan Section of the American Water Works Association Water (AWWA) Industry Hall of Fame in 2013, following his induction into the National AWWA Hall of Fame in 1976. Dye was given the award for his influence and contribution to the advancements of water chemistry and conditioning methods that are still used today.

The plant was also given the AWWA Landmark Award, recognizing it as an iconic landmark with a significant relationship with water’s supply, treatment and distribution.

Numerous members of John Dye’s family were in attendance to see the awards presented to the facility, including Daughter Roberta Dye Banghart of Grand Ledge and Grandson Jerel Dye, son of John Dye Jr., of Boston, Massachusetts.

“This plant has served water since many people in the city have been alive. It’s wonderful to see the facility and its namesake so highly honored for years of reliable service,” said Lark.

The plant was first put into operation on December 23, 1939 and later renamed after Mr. Dye, an accomplished chemical engineer who spent his career at the BWL. The plant commissions an average of 17.5 million gallons per day of water. It recently underwent $10 million in renovations to extend its operating life well into the future.

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Amy Akers

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