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The $4.3 million Pumping Station 15 that serves Middleton, including growing areas such as Bishops Bay and much of the Town of Westport, is the recent recipient of the Envision Gold award for sustainable infrastructure.

“We’re pleased to win the Envision Gold Award, which recognizes that reliable infrastructure supports strong communities and a healthy environment,” said Michael Mucha, chief engineer and director of Madison Metropolitan Sewerage District. “The project was made possible thanks to tremendous collaboration involving the City of Madison, City of Middleton, private businesses and citizens. We invite community members to join us on Saturday, May 5 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. for an open house and tours of this state-of-the art facility, including the new underground pumps and other energy efficient features.”

The Marshall Park location has served as a pumping station since 1974. The area was originally served by Pumping Station 5 and was among the early connections to Madison Metropolitan Sewerage District after it was formed in 1930 to protect public health and the environment. At the time, area residents used a combination of septic systems and private sewers that flowed into area surface waters. Construction of the original pumping station at the site provided a means to push wastewater up the hill on Allen Boulevard to University Avenue where it could connect with an interceptor line and make its way to Nine Springs Wastewater Treatment Plant.

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