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Canton, Conn. Wastewater 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 # sr050108

BOSTON – The Canton, 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. Staff members at the facility were recognized by EPA's New England Office for their outstanding work in operating and maintaining the facility and their overall commitment to improving water quality.

The plant, which won in the small secondary 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 Art Enderle and his staff – Roger Ignazio, Jr., Chief Operator and John Wabrek, Operator III – are extremely responsive, diligent, inventive, communicative, and resourceful in the operation and maintenance of the Canton facility, according to EPA officials.

Despite significant design limitations of the existing treatment facility, the overall improvements that have taken place at the facility over the past five years have been exceptional, further improving the water quality of the Farmington River, where the plant discharges, 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. “The individuals who run this plant, and the municipality that supports them, are key to keeping our environment healthy. I am proud to give them the credit they deserve.”

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