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East Hartford, Conn. Wastewater Facility Recognized for Excellence

Release Date: 02/07/2006
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U.S. EPA - New England Regional Office
February 7, 2006

Contact: David Deegan, 617-918-1017

(Boston) – The East Hartford, Conn. Wastewater Treatment Facility was recently selected by EPA for an "Operations and Maintenance Wastewater Excellence Award" in the large secondary plant category.

Staff members from the East Hartford facility were recognized by EPA's New England Office for their exceptional work in operating and maintaining the facility and their overall commitment to improving water quality. The plant is among six facilities in New England acknowledged for exemplary performance in 2005. The Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection was instrumental in nominating this facility.

The staff - in particular Superintendent James Miller, Crew Leader Stacey Beasley, Crew Leader Michael Carter, along with their respective colleagues - were recognized for their outstanding work in operating and maintaining the facility and their overall commitment to improving water quality.

“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. “The individuals who run this plant, 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 & Maintenance Excellence Award was established to recognize and honor the employees 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 the smaller facilities, conscientious operators and staff continue to perform exceptionally with limited resources.

The staff and facility were recognized on January 25th at the annual New England Water Environment Association Conference. The East Hartford Wastewater Treatment facility will now have the opportunity to be nominated for a national EPA 2006 National Operation and Maintenance Excellence Award this coming spring.

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