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Anne Arundel County Earns National Award for Wastewater Treatment Excellence

Annapolis (July 14, 2015) – The Anne Arundel County Department of Public Works Bureau of Utility Operations (BUO) recently received two National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA) Platinum Peak Performance Awards for continued wastewater treatment excellence at the Broadwater and Broadneck Water Reclamation Facilities (WRF).  The NACWA Peak Performance Platinum Award recognizes treatment plants that have at least five consecutive calendar years without a single National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit violation.

The Platinum Peak Performance Award for the Broadwater WRF reflects 18 consecutive years of 100% NPDES permit compliance.  The Broadneck WRF received Platinum Award status in each of the last three years and has had no NPDES permit violations for seven consecutive years. 


"This award recognizes the important work DPW does each day to make our county the best place to live, work, and start a business in Maryland,” said County Executive Steve Schuh.


“To be nationally recognized with this award honors the outstanding work our wastewater treatment operators, plant managers, and engineers do each day to protect the environment and public safety,” said DPW Director Chris Phipps.  “Our remarkable NPDES permit compliance record is due to the high standards, work ethic, and dedication of these talented employees.”


The 2015 NACWA’s Peak Performance Awards Program recognizes water reclamation facilities for excellence in wastewater treatment as measured by their compliance with their NPDES permit requirements in the 2014 calendar year.  Treatment facilities of all sizes that are publicly-owned by a current NACWA member agency and operate under a Federal or state equivalent NPDES permit, an underground injection control permit, or a state control mechanism that regulates effluent quality and reuse of reclaimed flows are eligible.

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