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Town of Bristol, NH Wastewater Treatment Facility -- Recognized for Excellence

Release Date: 03/05/2008
Contact Information: Kelsey O’Neil 617-918-1049

(Boston, Mass. – March 5, 2008) – The Town of Bristol, NH Wastewater Treatment Plant was recently selected by EPA for a Regional "Operations and Maintenance Wastewater Excellence Award" in the Most Improved Plant category.

The staff of the Bristol facility, led by Jeffrey Chartier, Superintendent, Jesse Lamos, Chief Operator, Joseph Sarto, Assistant Chief Operator, Joel Furmanick, Operator-in-Training, and Juanita Gilman, Office Manager, was recognized by EPA's New England Office for exceptional work in operating and maintaining the plant. In addition, Elizabeth Corrow, Town Manager, was acknowledged for the Town’s outstanding support. The plant was among seven facilities in New England acknowledged for exemplary performance during 2007. The Operations Section of the Wastewater Engineering Bureau for the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services was instrumental in nominating this facility and has worked closely with the plant’s personnel by providing invaluable on-site technical assistance and training.

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

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 with outstanding plant operations and maintenance 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 30th at the annual New England Water Environment Association Conference in Boston. The Bristol facility will have the opportunity to be nominated for a National EPA 2008 Operations and Maintenance Excellence Award this coming spring.

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