WSSC Plants Honored as Multi-Year Peak Performance Winners

Plants recognized for their compliance and environmental records

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OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS AND COMMUNITY RELATIONS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Laurel – August 16, 2012: Three Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC) wastewater treatment plants were presented the prestigious Platinum Peak Performance Award by the National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA).To receive the platinum award, wastewater treatment facilities must achieve 100 percent compliance with the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permits over a period of at least five consecutive years.

The Seneca, Parkway and Damascus wastewater treatment plants are all repeat winners of the platinum award. Damascus has had a perfect compliance track record for 12 straight years while Seneca and Parkway have been perfect for six straight years. Both the Seneca and Damascus plants are managed by Superintendent Sam Amad, and Superintendent Kevin Selock manages the Parkway plant.

In congratulating WSSC on the “extraordinary accomplishment,” a NACWA spokesperson said, “Your commitment to excellence in environmental protection is outstanding.” The award is presented for outstanding compliance records and environmental efforts in the 2011 calendar year.

WSSC’s other four wastewater treatment plants also received peak performance awards in recognition of their outstanding compliance records.

Hyattstown and Marlboro Meadows wastewater treatment plants earned Gold Peak Performance Awards. Silver Peak Performance Awards were presented to the Western Branch and Piscataway plants. The Piscataway plant is managed by Dale Belschner, Selock also runs the Marlboro Meadows plant and Brian Mosby supervises the Western Branch plant. Amad also supervises the Hyattstown plant.

Gold awards are presented to plants that achieve 100 percent compliance with the facility’s permits for an entire year. The Silver Awards are presented to facilities that received no more than five NPDES permit violations per calendar year.

“All of our honorees are to be congratulated for outstanding management of their plants,” said Jerry N. Johnson, General Manager and CEO of WSSC. “They serve as prime examples of our commitment to outstanding environmental stewardship as well as to serving our customers and protecting their health.”

For 100 years, WSSC has proudly served the citizens of Prince George’s and Montgomery counties – providing drinking water that has always met strict Safe Drinking Water Act standards and protecting the environment through vital water resource recovery services. Our vision is to be THE world-class water utility, where excellent products and services are always on tap.

 

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