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Anne Arundel County Department of Public Works Receives National Award for Wastewater Treatment Excellence

Five of the Six Eligible Treatment Plants Extend Perfect Pollutant
Discharge Permit Compliance to a Combined 34 Years

Annapolis (September 10, 2012) – The National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA) recently recognized the Anne Arundel County Department of Public Works Bureau of Utility Operations hard work and dedication by awarding all six eligible wastewater treatment plants with Peak Performance Awards for wastewater treatment excellence. All six eligible County wastewater treatment facilities earned NACWA Platinum, Gold and Silver Peak Performance Awards for perfect or near perfect compliance with their National Pollutant Distribution Elimination System (NPDES) permit.

The Annapolis and Broadwater Water Reclamation Facilities (WRF) earned their 9th and 11th consecutive Platinum Awards for no NPDES permit exceptions in a five year period. The two facilities have an extraordinary 13 and 15 consecutive years of perfect permit compliance, respectively. The Broadneck, Maryland City and Patuxent WRFs earned Gold Awards for perfect compliance for the entire 2011 calendar year. And, after earning Platinum 19 status for an extraordinary 19 years of perfect compliance, the Cox Creek WRF received the Silver Award for less than five NPDES permit exceptions in 2011.

“The Bureau of Utilities safely conveys and treats 12 billion gallons of wastewater each year and our record of compliance with all NPDES permits is second to none,” said County Executive John R.
Leopold. “These awards, and other honors and recognition, let the public know that our treatment plant operators and managers are dedicated to our mission of safeguarding the environment and protecting public safety.”

NACWA’s Peak Performance Awards Program has honored thousands wastewater treatment operators and facilities since its inception in 1987.


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