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Lintner Receives Wastewater Operator Award

Don Lintner, New Holstein Utilities' Wastewater Plant Foreman, recently received the award as the Wisconsin Wastewater Operator of the Year for the Lake Michigan Region. The award was presented at the Wisconsin Wastewater Operators' Association (WWOA) annual conference in LaCrosse. He was nominated for the award by David Gerdman of the Wisconsin DNR. He was one of only five operators in the state to be honored with the award.

Lintner was nominated for assisting the New Holstein wastewater treatment plant in consistently remaining in compliance with WDNR requirements. During the current permit term, which began in July of 2004, there has only been one reported limit exceedance. The plant's Compliance Maintenance Annual Report scores have consistently graded excellent over the past several years.

As a wastewater treatment professional, Lintner has shown a strong commitment to his profession by his participation in the WWOA. He is an active participant at the region and state levels. He was the Vice-Chairperson and Chairperson of the Lake Michigan Region in 2001 and 2002 respectively. In 2001, he was the Lake Michigan Region team leader for the operator's competition that took 1st place at the state level. The team then represented Wisconsin at the national conference in Chicago.

Lintner began working for NHU in May of 1988 as an assistant wastewater operator. He also assisted the Village of Stockbridge with their wastewater operations until the mid-1990's. He has been involved with numerous plant improvements in New Holstein including the conversion to a fine bubble aeration system, raw wastewater pump replacement, chemical phosphorus removal system, and laboratory modifications. Lintner was promoted to plant foreman in January of 2000.