Photo description: Secondary Treatment, Activated Sludge
The Portage Lake Wastewater Treatment Facility is managed by:
Zane MacKenzie, Plant Superintendent/Facility
Neil Hutzler, PhD, P.E., B.C.E.E., Chairman
Stanley Vitton, PhD, P.E., Vice-Chairman
David Plowe, Treasurer and Secretary
Robert Megowen, Member
Mary Babcock, Member
Mark Jakovic, Laboratory Technician/Operator
Robert Lawson, Laboratory Technician/Operator
Mark Zenner, Maintenance Mechanic/Operator
Dan Dalhgren, General Laborer/Operator
Bryan Mattila, General Laborer/Operator
The Portage Lake Water & Sewage Authority
(PLWSA) was established in 1964...
by the cities of Hancock and Houghton for the purpose of constructing and operating a joint use wastewater treatment facility. The facilities that were constructed included a lift station for each city to convey wastewater to a common site and a wastewater treatment plant located on the south shore of Hancock.
Planning was initiated by the PLWSA in 1987 when it became evident that the existing treatment plant was operating at flows in excess of the design flow and was not able to treat all of the excess flow that was being generated by both cities.