DEP Presents 2017 Plant Excellence Awards to Southwest Florida Water Facility Operator

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DEP Presents 2017 Plant Excellence Awards to Southwest Florida Water Facility Operators 

~Local drinking water and wastewater facilities recognized for innovative practices~

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DEP Assistant Director Kelley Boatwright (right) pictured with Frank Fulgham, Wastewater Division Manager, city of Tarpon Springs.

HAINES CITY, Fla. – The Florida Department of Environmental Protection presented the 2017 Plant Operations Excellence Awards to two Southwest Florida drinking water and one domestic wastewater facility at the annual Focus on Change Seminar. Drinking water facility award recipients were the City of Dunedin and the Hillsborough County Lithia Treatment Plant. The wastewater facility recipient was the City of Tarpon Springs Advanced Wastewater Treatment Facility.

“It’s important to us that the dedication and commitment to excellence shown by these plant operators is celebrated. “Florida depends on clean water, so we’re excited to work alongside these leading utilities and the communities that they serve.”

Each year, the department 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 14 facilities, including six domestic wastewater facilities and eight drinking water facilities statewide. The other awards will be presented at district ceremonies during the Focus on Change Seminars in Punta Gorda, Ocala, Pompano Beach, Lake City and Panama City.

This is the 28th 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.