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Posted on: September 30, 2019

Pocatello WPC Project Earns Regional Award from ASCE Region 8

From left, Jeff Mansfield, Public Works Director for the City of Pocatello, accepts the American Soc

After earning top honors at the local level, a collaboration between the City of Pocatello Water Pollution Control and Engineering Departments have now taken home a regional award.

At the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Fall Planning Meeting, the Region 8 Board of Governors selected phase one of the Water Pollution Control Department’s phosphorus removal project as Region 8’s 2018 Top Project of the Year over $10 million. The award highlights a project that “improves or has the potential to improve the quality of life of people impacted by the project, contributes to the economic development of the profession, area or region, is environmentally very responsible (sic) incorporating the principle of sustainable development,” and “recognizes the contributions of many engineers.”

“This award represents the collaboration and dedication of City employees to accomplish difficult projects,” said Jeff Mansfield, Public Works Director for the City of Pocatello. “It also demonstrates the City’s commitment to protecting the environment and enhancing the lives of those who live in the community.”

The award was presented to the City at the recent ASCE Southern Idaho Section – Snake River Branch meeting. 

Previously, the project took home the section-level award from the ASCE Southern Idaho Section. Local winners were forwarded to the regional level for consideration. 

ASCE Region 8 represents 13,678 ASCE members from Hawaii, Alaska, Washington, Oregon, Nevada, Montana, Idaho, Utah and Arizona as well as the Canadian Provinces of Alberta, British Columbia, Northwest Territories, and Yukon Territory. 

The Water Pollution Control Department treats more than 7 million gallons of wastewater per day from Pocatello and Chubbuck. The wastewater collection system includes over 250 miles of sewer lines and more than 20 lift/pump stations.

For more information on the Water Pollution Control Department, visit

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