DEP PRESENTS 2016 PLANT EXCELLENCE AWARD TO NORTHEAST FLORIDA WASTEWATER FACILITY OPERATOR

Press Release Banner

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Feb. 22, 2017

CONTACT: DEP Press Office, 850.245.2112, DEPNews@dep.state.fl.us 

DEP PRESENTS 2016 PLANT EXCELLENCE AWARD TO NORTHEAST FLORIDA
WASTEWATER FACILITY OPERATOR

~Award presented to recipient for excellence in operation at wastewater facility~


LAKE CITY, Fla. – The Florida Department of Environmental Protection presented the 2016 Plant Operations Excellence Award to the Palm Coast wastewater treatment facility at the annual Focus on Change Seminar. 

Drinking water and wastewater plant operators hold critical, important and consequential positions that year after year earn our trust and confidence," said DEP's Northeast District Assistant Director Jim Maher. "These dedicated professionals bring excellence, innovation and reliability to systems that affect the well-being of us all, shelter the public and the environment from risk, and care for a most basic foundation of our lives, and they deserve our praise and appreciation. It is therefore my great pleasure to recognize one of the very best in a field of outstanding professionals.”

Palm Coast's wastewater staff continue to implement process improvements and conduct preventative maintenance measures as they strive to achieve compliance with environmental regulations and protect public health and safety. During Hurricane Matthew, the city of Palm Coast worked closely with DEP to ensure that all spill events were reported and resolved in a timely and effective manner to minimize environmental impacts.

Each year, DEP presents awards to domestic wastewater and drinking water facilities around the state that demonstrate excellence in operation, maintenance, innovative treatment, waste reduction, pollution prevention, recycling or other achievements. These awards recognize facilities that demonstrate a special commitment to excellence in management through dedicated professionalism and that have an impeccable history of record-keeping compliance. 

The department is awarding a total of 15 facilities, including five domestic wastewater facilities and 10 drinking water facilities statewide. The other awards will be presented at district ceremonies during the Focus on Change Seminars in Pompano Beach, Punta Gorda, Haines City, Ocala and Panama City.

This is the 27th year that the Florida Rural Water Association has conducted the Focus on Change Seminar in conjunction with DEP. The seminar is designed to provide current regulatory information to utilities in order to improve compliance.