The Green Bay Water Utility office building at 631 S. Adams Street has now become the Bill Nabak Water Utility Building. A special rededication ceremony took place at the location this morning.
“Bill Nabak provided the leadership that kept the eye on the future for water needs in the Green Bay area,” said Green Bay Mayor Jim Schmitt. “It’s only fitting that this office building, where Nabak provided exemplary leadership for so many years, will now carry his name.”
Nabak spent more than 40 years as an employee of the City of Green Bay and the City’s Water Utility, and became General Manager in 1981. He retired in January. Under Nabak’s leadership, the Green Bay Water Utility saw many advancements—automation of the treatment plant and substation, renovation and updating of the lake pumping station and filter treatment plant, automation of customer billing, automatic meter reading, the addition of a second water transmission line from Lake Michigan, and more.
“Not only were there significant infrastructure improvements during Bill’s tenure, the Water Utility also was able to negotiate important agreements to provide water to Ashwaubenon, Hobart, and the Town of Scott,” noted Green Bay Water Commission President Al Toma.
Nabak was also active in organizations in the water industry and was awarded the Certificate of Achievement of Excellence for Financial Reporting several times. He was also honored as the City of Green Bay Employee of the Year in 2010, and is active in the community through many area nonprofit organizations.
“It’s a real honor—and very humbling—to have this building renamed for me,” Nabak said. “It’s also a reflection of the many other dedicated employees who played such key roles in the success of the Water Utility through the years.”