Ingenuity Saves

The staff in Bad Axe, Mich., collaborated in design of a plant upgrade and later made improvements that cut energy usage and drove down costs

Back in 1861, two surveyors camping in the wilderness of what is now Huron County, Mich., found a badly damaged axe. The site became known as Bad Axe Camp.

Today, the city of Bad Axe is home to 3,400 people and a well-run wastewater treatment plant. But success didn’t come easily....

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