The Department of Ecology honors the state’s top-performing facilities with the annual Wastewater Treatment Plant Outstanding Performance Award.
“Washington’s growing population creates a greater need for wastewater treatment every day. Talented and proficient plant operators are critical to meeting this challenge and ensuring successful plant operations that protect the health of Washington’s waters,” said Ecology Water Quality Program Manager Heather Bartlett. “We commend and appreciate their efforts.”
This year, it recognized 111 wastewater treatment plants – about one-third of all systems operating across the state – that achieved full compliance with their water quality permits in 2017. The following facilities in San Juan County won: Eastsound Sewer and Water; Eastsound Sewer and Water – Orcas Village; Fisherman Bay Wastewater; and Roche Harbor Resort Wastewater.
In picking the winners, Ecology evaluated all the plants operating in Washington to determine how they were meeting the state pollution limits, monitoring and reporting requirements, spill prevention planning, pretreatment and operational demands outlined in their permits.