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Eight county wastewater plants earn awards

Eight Yakima County wastewater treatment plants are among the 107 perfect performing treatment plants in the state which have been awarded the state Department of Ecology 2012 Outstanding Wastewater Treatment Plant Award.

Each treatment plant passed all DOE environmental tests during 2012.

Lower Yakima County award winning treatment plants include those in Sunnyside, Grandview, Buena and Zillah. Upper Yakima County outstanding wastewater treatment plants also recognized are in Yakima, Cowiche and Naches.

“Our continued trend of success by one third of our state’s wastewater treatment

plants is remarkable, given the number of problems that wastewater professionals deal with on a daily basis, including unplanned events such as storms and equipment failures,” said Kelly Susewind, manager of Ecology’s water quality program.

State funding helps communities keep their plants operating successfully. The recent state budget provided $111 million in financial assistance for 20 wastewater system construction and pre-construction projects for fiscal year 2014.

The 107 wastewater treatment plants with perfect performance records in 2012 measures up to the 108 award recipients in 2011, 104 in 2010, and 92 in both 2008 and 2009. In 1995, only 14 treatment plants had perfect compliance.

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