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Warwick, R.I. Wastewater Treatment Facility Recognized for Excellence

Release Date: 01/28/2009
Contact Information: Jeanethe Falvey, 617-918-1020

(Boston, Mass., Jan. 28, 2009) – The Warwick, R.I. Wastewater Treatment Facility was recently selected by EPA for a regional Wastewater Treatment Plant Excellence Award.

The staff of the Warwick Wastewater Treatment Plant, led by Joel Burke, Superintendent, Gwinlin Cox, Lead Operator and Janine Burke, Executive Director of the Sewer Authority, was recognized by EPA's New England Office for exceptional work in operating and maintaining the plant. This plant was among four other facilities in New England acknowledged for exemplary performance during 2008. The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management was instrumental in nominating this facility.

“The professionals operating these wastewater treatment plants, as well as the municipalities and the state environmental agencies that support them, are vital players in keeping our environment healthy. I am proud to give them the credit they deserve,” said Ira W. Leighton, acting regional administrator of EPA's New England Office.

The EPA Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant Excellence Award was established to recognize and honor the employees of publicly owned wastewater treatment plants for their commitment to improving water quality with outstanding plant operations and maintenance and on-going operator training. This program has found that particularly with the smaller facilities, conscientious operators and staff continue to perform exceptionally well with limited resources.

The Warwick wastewater treatment plant staff and facility were acknowledged on January 28th at the annual New England Water Environment Association Conference in Boston.

More information on the award program ( and ( )

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