The National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA) presented three of Clean Water Services' four facilities with Platinum Peak Performance Awards at a ceremony in Providence, Rhode Island on July 14, 2015. Platinum Awards are given only to wastewater treatment facilities that have perfect permit performance records for five or more consecutive calendar years.
NACWA's Peak Performance Awards program recognizes NACWA-member agency facilities for excellence in wastewater treatment as measured by their compliance with their National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permits. More than 3,000 facilities are represented by members of NACWA and eligible for this award. There are more than 16,000 publicly owned wastewater treatment plants operating in the United States.
The Forest Grove, Hillsboro, and Rock Creek treatment facilities earned Platinum Peak Performance Awards and the Durham facility earned a Gold Award for achieving one year of perfect compliance. Clean Water Services’ four treatment facilities combined clean more than 60 million gallons of used water from Washington County homes and businesses day to among the highest standards in the nation before releasing it to the Tualatin River.
Each of Clean Water Services' treatment facilities must meet nearly 1,000 strict permit conditions annually, including monthly, weekly and daily limits established to protect the Tualatin River. Studies show the investment in clean water is paying off—the Tualatin River is healthier today than it's been in more than 30 years. "We of course enjoy getting these awards, but our real reward is knowing that the good work we do every day protects the public's health and helps keep the Tualatin healthy," said Nate Cullen, Clean Water Services' Wastewater Treatment Department Director.
Clean Water Services is a water resources management utility for more than 560,000 people in urban Washington County and small portions of Multnomah County, Clackamas County, Lake Oswego and Portland. Clean Water Services operates four treatment facilities, constructs and maintains drainage management and water quality projects, and manages flow in the Tualatin River to improve water quality and protect fish habitat. Although Clean Water Services maintains a close working relationship with Washington County government, it is a separately managed and financed public utility.
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Government & Public Affairs Manager
Clean Water Services