Posted 25 July 2011, by Staff, Department of Ecology (State of Washington), ecy.wa.gov
SPOKANE — The city of Grand Coulee will receive a prestigious award at its next City Council meeting for another year of operating its treatment plant flawlessly, protecting the water quality of the Columbia River.
The Washington Department of Ecology’s (Ecology’s) “Outstanding Wastewater Treatment Plant” award will be presented to Mayor Tammara Byers at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2011, at the Grand Coulee City Council meeting in City Hall, 306 Midway Ave.
This will be the 11th time the treatment plant has been honored with this award.
Plant operator Gareth Abbott, utility foreman Dennis Francis and their staff are being honored because the Grand Coulee plant passed every environmental test, analyzed all samples according to Ecology’s stringent requirements and did not violate currently permitted discharge limits in 2010. The facility processes up to 30,000 gallons of wastewater each day.
“These are the people who are on the front lines of protecting water quality every day,” said Grant Pfeifer, Ecology’s eastern regional director. “The people who run these plants face challenges each day from equipment breakdowns to unexpected storms that flood the system. To handle those challenges perfectly makes these people real heroes.”
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To learn more about the awards program (http://www.ecy.wa.gov/programs/wq/wastewater/op_cert/kudos.html)