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Release Date: 11/09/1999
Contact Information: Wesley Lambert, EPA Media Relations 404-562-8316
The United States Environmental Protection Agency, Region 4 announced today the winners in the Region 4 EXCELLENCE IN WASTEWATER MANAGEMENT AWARDS. The award program recognizes excellence in three different areas: Operations and Maintenance, Beneficial Use of Biosolids, and Municipal Water Use Efficiency.

The Operations and Maintenance (O&M) Excellence Awards

recognize plant personnel and local officials for outstanding operations and maintenance of publicly owned wastewater treatment plants over the last two years.

The criteria for the awards emphasize use of innovative O&M approaches, process control, effective financial management, ongoing operator training, and laboratory and maintenance management. The award categories are based on plant size and level of treatment. The winners are:

Category: 1 to 3 million gallons per day (mgd) Secondary Treatment Plant

    • U.S. Marine Corps Recruit Depot WWTP
      Parris Island, SC
Category: 1 to 3 mgd, Advanced Treatment Plant
    • Sweetwater Creek WPCP
      Douglas County, Georgia
Category: 3 to 10 mgd, Secondary Treatment Plant
    • West Biloxi WWTP
      Harrison County, Mississippi
Category: 3 to 10 mgd, Advanced Treatment Plant
    • Flat Creek WPCP
      Gainesville, Georgia
Category: over 10 mgd, Secondary Treatment Plant
    • South Columbus WRF
      Columbus, Georgia
Category: over 10 mgd, Advanced Treatment Plant
    • Rocky River Regional WWTP
      Concord, North Carolina
Category: 1 mgd, Non-discharging System
    • DeSoto Correctional Institution WWTF
    • Arcadia, Florida

The Beneficial Use of Biosolids Awards Program recognizes outstanding Operating Projects, Research and Development Activities, and Public Acceptance projects which promote the beneficial use of municipal sewage sludge.

Creative and widely applicable sludge handling techniques are vital to the nation's efforts to protect and improve our soil and water resources. These awards focus attention on the critical need to develop and implement management practices which use sludge beneficially and are environmentally safe, economical and acceptable to the public. The winners are:

Category: Operating Projects under 5 mgd

    • Lenoir Beneficial Co-Utilization Program
      Lenoir, NC
Category: Operating Projects over 5 mgd
    • GreenvilleUtilities Commission
      Greenville, NC
Category: Public Acceptance - Non Municipality
    • Bio-Nomic Services, Inc.
      Charlotte, NC
Category: Research activities
    • Vermiculture Project
      Division of Environmental Protection
      Orange County, Florida

This program seeks to relieve stressed wastewater treatment plants and water resources through innovations in flow reduction, effluent reclamation and reuse.

Category: Most Effective and Innovative Public Education Program

    • Water Conservation Program,
      Town of Cary, NC
Category: Most Effective and Innovative Reuse Program (tie)
    • Water Conserv I WRF
      Orlando, Florida
Category: Most Effective and Innovative Reuse Program (tie)
    • Loxahatchee River District Regional WWF
      Jupiter, Florida
Category: Most Effective and Innovative Industrial/Commercial Program
    • Tyco/Melbourne
      Melbourne, Florida
Category: Most Effective and Innovative Legislative Program
    • Florida Department of Environmental Protection
      Tallahassee, Florida