More than one-third of Washington’s wastewater treatment plants – 127 – received this award.
Each of the plants passed all environmental tests, analyzed all samples, turned in all state-required reports, and avoided permit violations during 2014.
“The talents of our professional operators are critical to successful plant operations and protecting the health of Washington’s waters. It is an honor to recognize their contributions with these awards,” said Heather Bartlett, manager of Ecology’s Water Quality program.
Ecology devised the annual awards program as an incentive for compliance, because wastewater treatment plant operations are the first line of defense to protect public health and water quality in our lakes, rivers and Puget Sound.
When the awards program began in 1995, only 14 treatment plants had perfect compliance.
State funding helps communities keep their plants operating successfully. In the current funding cycle, Ecology is offering $145 million in grants and loans to 21 wastewater treatment facilities for construction and preconstruction projects. In addition, the state provides technical assistance to many of small plants to help them operate successfully.