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East Windsor, Conn. Water Pollution Control Facility Recognized for Excellence by EPA

Release Date: 01/31/2005
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Contact: Sheryl Rosner, EPA Office of Public Affairs, (617) 918-1865

For Immediate Release: January 31, 2005; Release # sr050112

BOSTON – The East Windsor, Conn.Water Pollution Control Facility was recently selected by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for a New England Regional Operations and Maintenance Wastewater Excellence Award. The staff of the facility was recognized by EPA's New England office for its outstanding work in operating and maintaining the facility and its overall commitment to improving water quality.

The plant, which was awarded in the medium advanced plant category, was among six facilities in New England recognized for exemplary performance in 2004. The staff and facility were recognized last week during the annual New England Water Environment Association Conference in Boston.

Superintendent Kevin Leslie and his staff – Ed Alibozek, chief operator, and Conrad Karolczuk, lab technician – are communicative, responsive and diligent in the operation and maintenance of the East Windsor facility, EPA officials said. They noted that all areas of the facility are meticulously well kept and maintained.

In response to the Long Island Sound Nitrogen General Permit, the East Windsor facility has significantly reduced its total nitrogen in the final discharge to an average of 33 pounds a day, according to the Conn. Department of Environmental Protection. The East Windsor facility has maintained excellent compliance along with outstanding process control, reflecting the work put in by the entire staff, DEP officials said.

“The professionals operating this wastewater treatment plant play a crucial role ensuring that our lakes and rivers are protected from unnecessary pollution,” said Robert W. Varney, regional administrator of EPA's New England Office, who announced the award Jan. 26 in Boston. “The individuals who run these plants, and the municipalities that support them, are key to keeping our environment healthy. I am proud to give them the credit they deserve.”

The EPA Regional Operations and Maintenance Excellence Award was established to recognize the staffs of publicly owned wastewater treatment plants for their commitment to improving water quality not only with outstanding operation and maintenance, but also through a combination of continued permit compliance, effective financial management, and on-going operator training. More often than not and particularly with small facilities, conscientious operators and staff continue to perform exceptionally with limited resources.

The East Windsor facility will have the opportunity to be nominated for an EPA 2005 National Operation and Maintenance Excellence Award this spring.
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