Rock Creek facility in HillsboroThe National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA) presented three of Clean Water Services' (CWS) four facilities with Platinum Peak Performance Awards at a ceremony in Providence, Rhode Island in July. 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 Silver Award. To achieve perfect compliance requires meeting thousands of discharge requirements throughout the year. CWS' 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 CWS' 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 River healthy," said Nate Cullen, CWS' Wastewater Treatment Department Director.
Everything we do at Clean Water Services aims to protect public health, while enhancing the natural environment of the Tualatin River Watershed. Combining science and nature, we work in partnership with others to safeguard the river's health and vitality, ensure the economic success of our region, and protect public health for more than 560,000 residents and businesses in urban Washington County.
Government & Public Affairs Manager
Clean Water Services