Wastewater plants are the first line of defense to protect public health and clean water. The agency recognized 119 wastewater treatment plants across Washington that achieved full compliance with their water quality permits in 2015. That’s about a third of the wastewater treatment plants operating in the state.
“We appreciate the extraordinary level of effort plant operators demonstrated throughout 2015. Talented and proficient operators are critical to successful plant operations and protecting the health of Washington’s waters,” said Heather Bartlett, who manages Ecology’s Water Quality Program.
In picking the winners, Ecology evaluated all of the plants in Washington for compliance with meeting pollution limits, monitoring and reporting requirements, spill prevention planning, pretreatment, and overall operational demands of their water quality permit.
Six plants now have perfect performance for 10 years in a row:
- Penn Cove Water and Sewer District/Penn Cove Wastewater Treatment Plant in Island County
- Kitsap County/Kingston Wastewater Treatment Plant
- Public Utility District No. 1 of Klickitat County/Community of Lyle Wastewater Treatment Plant
- Eatonville Wastewater Treatment Plant in Pierce County
- Gig Harbor Wastewater Treatment Plant in Pierce County
- Tacoma Wastewater Treatment Plant #1 in Pierce County
Five plants received the award for the first time:
- Washington State Parks and Recreation/Dosewallips State Park Wastewater Treatment Plant in Jefferson County
- Brightwater Reclaimed Water Treatment Plant in King County
- Concrete Wastewater Treatment Plant in Skagit County
- Kettle Falls Wastewater Treatment Plant in Stevens County
- Cathlamet Wastewater Treatment Plant in Wahkiakum County
This is the third year in a row Rustlewood has earned the Outstanding Performance Award and the fourth time since 2004.