Pinery Wastewater Treatment Plant wins
EPA Region 8 Award for Excellence
In 2001, the District’s Advanced Wastewater Treatment Plant won the prestigious EPA Region 8 Award for Excellence in Operations and Maintenance. This award is given to one treatment plant in our size category in the EPA Region 8 Area.
We competed with treatment plants from Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah and Wyoming. We won the Small Advanced Treatment Plant category for the second time since opening in 1991. Advanced plants operate at the most sophisticated level of wastewater treatment available today.
In 2001, our plant treated an average of 600,000 gallons of wastewater per day. Peak flow in 2000 was 820,000 gallons per day. Our sewer collection system included about 40 miles of pipe.
We were selected for the award because of our consistent high quality of operations, as evidenced by the fact that we have had no permit violations in over 10 years, and because of our efforts in several other areas. Our award application highlighted our efforts in public education, equipment maintenance, collection system maintenance, laboratory management, safety education, pollution prevention, biosolids management and plant staffing and training.
PW&WD Wastewater Treatment Plant Wins
National EPA Award
In 2001, the District’s Advanced Wastewater Treatment Facility won the most prestigious award in the country, the EPA’s National Operations and Maintenance Excellence Award, First Place, Small Advanced Category. Only one award is granted each year in the nation in each of nine categories. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recognizes municipalities, wastewater treatment programs, facilities, and individuals on a national level as examples of an outstanding commitment to protect and improve the quality of the nation’s waters. The national winners have demonstrated exceptional technological achievements or innovative processes in their waste treatment and pollution abatement programs. National awards are presented for prominent accomplishments in innovative operations and maintenance; beneficial Biosolids use; exemplary local pretreatment programs; and creative and cost-effective storm water and combined sewer overflow control programs and projects. EPA’s Assistant Administrator for Water presents an engraved plaque for first and second place winners. The presentation took place October 15th, 2001, in Atlanta, Georgia.
On October 5th, 2001, EPA Region 8 representatives, Anthony DeLoach and Jack Rychecky, toured the Wastewater Treatment Plant and attended a luncheon to present the EPA Region 8 Operations and Maintenance Excellence Award to the District. This is the second time since the plant opened in 1991 that the facility has received these two EPA awards.
Rocky Mountain Water Environment Association
Awards were collected September 12th, 2001, at the Rocky Mountain Water Environment Association Conference in Angel Fire, NM. An award for Sewer Collections System Maintenance was presented for the District’s sewer cleaning program. (See Sewer Collection System Maintenance Program Advances in the 2001 December Newsletter). Wastewater Superintendent, Kevin Clark, was awarded the Operator of Merit, given to only one operator in each of three states, Colorado, New Mexico, & Wyoming. Kevin proudly acknowledges that his staff is who really makes these things happen. “Their teamwork and willingness to go the extra mile make this facility one of the best.”