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Kent County Receives Regional Award for Environmental Performance

Release Date: 12/09/2005
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Contact: Roy Seneca 215-814-5567
PHILADELPHIA – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency presented Kent County, Del. with a regional award for excellence in operation and maintenance of its wastewater treatment facility.

The award honors the staff involved in the day-to-day operations of the facility, and recognizes local officials for their commitment to maintain and protect their community’s environment. The authority is receiving the award in the “large-advanced” category, which consists of facilities that treat more than 10 million gallons of sewage per day.

“Many significant improvements in our nation’s water quality can be attributed to better wastewater treatment. This award recognizes the outstanding job that people at Kent County are doing in that regard to protect the environment,” said Donald S. Welsh, regional administrator for EPA’s mid-Atlantic region.

EPA reviews mountains of data and inspects the facilities to determine the winners of this award. Award recipients are selected for their performance in complying with wastewater discharge permits, maintenance management, laboratory practices, personnel training, and public awareness needs.

“This award confirms that Kent County is one of the best in business when it comes treating wastewater,” said David R. Burris, president of the county commissioners. “Our treatment plant staff is commended for their dedication to operating a top notch facility.”

Welsh said the management and staff of the Kent County wastewater treatment plant are to be congratulated for their professionalism and determination. He said it’s evident that the staff involved in the day-to-day operations of the facility are highly trained and devoted to the environment.