Tomahawk Creek Wastewater Treatment Facility wins Capstone Award from KCBJ

aerial view of wastewater plant

We are excited to announce that the Tomahawk Creek Wastewater Treatment Facility project was selected as one of the 2023 Capstone Award winners from the Kansas City Business Journal.

“We are honored to receive this recognition,” said Johnson County Wastewater General Manager Susan Pekarek. “The more than 500 contracted employees and Wastewater staff who worked on this project devoted their time and skills to building a facility that would fulfill the needs of our growing population while meeting the new water quality standards. The Tomahawk Creek Facility is a testament to our mission as an organization, and we are thrilled our staff and community partners are receiving this well-deserved acknowledgement. This major, multi-year project was made possible by the support of the Board of County Commissioners, the County Manager’s Office, and all our community members who will benefit from this investment for generations to come.”

Completed in Spring 2022, the Tomahawk Creek facility was designed to handle the increased flow due to the population growth of Leawood, Overland Park, Olathe and Prairie Village.

It replaced a facility that had originally been built in 1955. Prior to rebuilding the facility, 60% of wastewater had to be sent to Kansas City, Missouri. With Tomahawk now equipped to handle the flow, this project will save almost $800 million in operating costs over the next 35 years. It was completed on time and on budget.

You can view the full list of winners. The 2023 winners will be recognized at an awards reception on Thursday, April 13.

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