Washington wastewater treatment plants win outstanding performance awards

Washington wastewater treatment plants win outstanding performance awards
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The Department of Ecology is honoring the state’s top-performing facilities with the annual Wastewater Treatment Plant Outstanding Performance Award. This year, 111 wastewater treatment plants were recognized for achieving full compliance with their water quality permits in 2017.

In picking the winners, Ecology evaluated all the plants operating in Washington to determine how they were meeting the state pollution limits, monitoring and reporting requirements, spill prevention planning, pretreatment and operational demands outlined in their permits.

The city of Manchester’s wastewater treatment plant has earned on Outstanding Performance Award every year since Ecology’s program began in 1995/ The Port Townsend Wastewater Treatment Plant has had perfect performance for 20 years, and six plants now have perfect performance for 10 consecutive years:

Clallam Bay
Cle Elum
Moses Lake
Community of Klickitat

A complete list of award winners by county is posted on Ecology’s website.

Treatment plants not making this year’s list can apply for state funding to help upgrade and improve their systems. Ecology recently offered 26 wastewater treatment facility projects $96 million in grants and loans. The department also provides technical assistance to help many small plants operate successfully.