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Wilson, North Carolina environmental achievements recognized by EPA

Release Date: 02/02/2007
Contact Information: Dawn Harris-Young, (404) 562-8421,

(ATLANTA – February 2, 2007) The City of Wilson, North Carolina was presented with the 2006 Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) Pisces Award for success in environmental performance, innovation and creation. The CWSRF finances innovative projects that increase the sustainability of wastewater infrastructure across the nation. For the first time, the 2006 Pisces Awards provide recognition of CWSRF borrowers that achieved significant environmental and economic benefits with innovative projects. The nominees had to demonstrate leadership and innovation in financing, project implementation, partnerships or sustainable infrastructure.

    Wilson utilized several funding sources including $32.3 million in CWSRF loans to improve the city’s solids processing and create a water reclamation system as part of overall strategy to improve water quality in the Neuse River Basin. The increase in quality of the residual from the solids processing reduced land application costs by 30% and provides $60,000 in natural gas savings for the system. When constructing the 6.0 MGD water reclamation facility, an abandoned polishing pond was reused as a storage pond to conserve funds. The city created a fee program that gives an incentive to use reclaimed water thus conserving water resources and increasing nutrient removal.