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Grandview wastewater treatment personnel receive international recognition

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Grandview wastewater treatment employees Tuesday received recognition for being featured in a trade magazine. Pictured are (L-R) Jeff Cochran, Nick Suarez and operations manager Dave Lorenz with a photo of the staff that was featured with the article.

GRANDVIEW - Grandview's wastewater treatment plant has for the past seven years been recognized by the Washington State Department of Ecology as an outstanding facility. This month the recognition is extended to international proportions via an international trade magazine, Treatment Plant Operator. Last night Grandview City Administrator and Public Works Director Cus Arteaga told the Grandview City Council about the honor of being featured in the magazine. He said, "It's a pretty exciting time...I was excited for our employees." Arteaga said the employees at the wastewater treatment facility work hard to ensure Grandview meets all the permit requirements and to ensure the wastewater processed at the facility is managed properly. The magazine, he said, recognized the efforts as "Food Friendly" in its headline. Arteaga believes that is of great benefit to the community because it means the partnership between the city and its food processing industry is notable. It also means, "...we have another tool for promoting the community," he told the council members. Arteaga is pleased that the magazine chose to highlight Grandview's wastewater treatment facility and its employees, stating the personnel there deserve the recognition. "They allow me to do more because they are doing more...it's a team effort," said Arteaga, stating the staff makes him proud to work for the city of Grandview. He noted the article also highlights Grandview's efforts to preserve the habitat for wildlife living nearby. The magazine article recognizes the fact that treated water is supplied to state wildlife area lagoons. "They deserve this recognition," Arteaga said of those working at the Grandview wastewater treatment plant.

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