Water Reclamation

Welcome to Norman's Water Reclamation , a Division of Utilities

water reclamation facility

Utilities Manager
Steven D. Hardeman 

Utilities Supervisor
Ryan Bart

Water Reclamation has 21 Employees

Utilities Manager - Steve Hardeman

Utilities Supervisor - Ryan Bart

One - Administrative Tech III

Three -  Laboratory Technicians

Six - Operator's

Three -  Bio-Solids/Heavy Equipment

Four - Maintenance

One - Temporary / Full Time

One - Custodian

Mission: To produce highly treated reclaimed water at the lowest cost to our customers.

Vision Statement: To produce a quality water product so future generations may enjoy a quality of life they deserve.

Goals: To protect aquatic life. To be good stewards of funding resources. To promote and educate the public about wastewater treatment. 

Objectives: Monitor and adjust treatment processes to assure proper water quality. Seek ways to reduce cost by understanding our needs. Conduct educational tours to communicate to our customers how we treat wastewater. Meet all federal, state and local discharge requirement as stated in our discharge monitor permit.


Performance Indicators: ODEQ DMR Requirements, water quality results, bio-solids testing and budget.

Performance Measurement: CBOD, Total Suspended Solids, Ammonia Nitrogen, Bio-Solids, and budget performance

Award of Environmental Excellence:

(4) Region 6 - Environmental Excellence Awards 

Oklahoma Water Pollution Control Association (OWPCA) 2011 "Large Plant of the Year"

Oklahoma Water pollution Control Ass. 2013 "Large Wastewater Lab of the Year"

2007,2015 & 2019 Water Environmental Federation Safety Award Winner.

City of Norman 2011,13,14,15,17,18,19,20,21  Safety Award Winner (No injuries or accidents)

Individual Staff Awards:

Dustin Cozad:  OWPCA's 2017 " Newcomer of the Year"

Ryan Bart: OWPCA's 2018 "Supervisor of the Year

Michel Lavigne: OWPCC's 2018 "Jessie Vaughn Award for Instructor of the Year"

Lonny Larson: 2019 Water Environment Federation's William D. Hatfield Award for Outstanding Professionalism and Performance.

James Sterling, Gary Todd & Curtis Ward OWPCC's 2019  "Bio-Solids Team of the Year".

National Publication Profile:

1994-Water Environment Federation Plant Profile

1997-Water Environment Federation Plant Profile

1998-Oklahoma Water Environment Associations Plant Profile

2012 Treatment Plant Operator magazine (tpo) September issue Cover Story.

2013 Treatment Plant Operator magazine Featured Article (In My Words) May issue.  

2014 Presented EPA hosted Webinar on the Energy Reduction Project and Norman's Green Initiatives. 


Lake Thunderbird Water Reuse Field Research Project for Inland Indirect Potable Reuse

In 2012 , the Oklahoma legislature passed the Water for 2060 Act, with a statewide goal of consuming no more fresh water in 2060 than was consumed in 2010. The Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality (ODEQ) began an aggressive campaign to promulgate both non-potable and potable water reuse regulations. By expanding its existing water reclamation and reuse with an indirect potable reuse (IPR) project through Lake Thunderbird, the City of Norman plans to trim the demand placed on its groundwater supply and potentially eliminate a need to purchase finished water.  The project will determine if IPR for Lake Thunderbird is cost-effective.  IPR would take highly treated water from the Water Reclamation Facility and return it to Lake Thunderbird providing a drought-proof reservoir.  

The IPR Pilot Project will test different technologies and strategies to optimize treatment,  The study started early 2020 and should be completed by late spring of 2022. This has allowed time for different technologies to be tested and operations optimized under varying seasonal conditions. This project is the first of its kind in the Oklahoma region.  The project provides valuable information, resources, and proven technologies for additional IPR projects for other middle America States that are not near an ocean.

Members of a Citizen Advisory Committee from Midwest City, Del City, and Norman will meet regularly to oversee the pilot project and communicate with respective communities. The water quality targets from this project are set to meet the Safe Drinking Water Act requirements and will benefit wildlife, boaters, recreation, and tourism in the area by helping to maintain lake levels and provide a drought-proof municipal water supply for the cities of Midwest City, Del City and Norman.


Beneficial Reuse Recipients:

University of Oklahoma's Jimmy Austin Golf Course

Localized agricultural land owners

City of Norman's Water Reclamation Facility

Startup Date: 2017

Service population: 127,988



Design - 17 MGD Annual Average and 36 MGD Wet Weather Flow.  

Average - 11 MGD Monthly Average sustained Wet Weather Flows

Annual Operation and Maintenance Budget: $ 7.1 million

Facility Type: Secondary Advance Waste Treatment (AWT) consisting of complete mixed activated sludge as the primary treatment process. Including UV disinfection and Odor Control.  

Discharge Water Quality Parameters: See Final Limits Page

Bio-monitoring Requirements: See Final Limits Page


Adhering to our mission statement ensures that our planet's ecosystem and cycles are not adversely affected

with as little energy and resources as possible


Lake Thunderbird