National Awards Honor Anne Arundel for Excellence in Wastewater Treatment Operations

Awards Reflect More Than Three Decades of Perfect Permit Compliance

Annapolis, MD (June 6, 2024) – The Anne Arundel County Department of Public Works Bureau of Utility Operations received the National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA) Peak Performance Awards for continued wastewater treatment excellence at all seven of the County’s Water Reclamation Facilities (WRF).

“I want to thank our dedicated DPW Wastewater Operations staff for their outstanding work,” said Anne Arundel County Executive Steuart Pittman. “Their efforts continue to set a national standard for wastewater treatment.”

The Annapolis, Broadwater, Broadneck, and Cox Creek WRF each earned NACWA Peak Performance Platinum Awards, which honor treatment plants that have gone at least five consecutive calendar years without a single National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit violation.  

The Peak Performance Platinum Award for the Broadwater WRF reflects 27 consecutive years of 100% NPDES permit compliance, while the Annapolis WRF earned its eighth consecutive award for 100% compliance. The Broadneck and Cox Creek facilities now have seven and six consecutive years without a permit exception.

The Patuxent and Maryland City treatment plants received Gold Awards for 100% perfect compliance for the entire calendar year, and the Piney Orchard WRF received a Silver Award for less than five permit exceptions during the last calendar year.  

“This award honors the outstanding work of our wastewater treatment operators, plant managers and engineers,” said DPW Director Karen Henry. “The high standards, work ethic, innovation and dedication of all these public servants greatly enhances our public safety and provides the best possible protection for the environment.”

Anne Arundel County Peak Performance Awards 2001-present