Wastewater Plan Wins Prestigious Award

June 8, 2016
For Immediate Release

Fairfax County Wastewater Plant Wins Prestigious Award

The Noman M. Cole, Jr. Pollution Control Plant earned another Platinum Peak Performance Award and 2015 makes 18 years of consecutive 100 percent NPDES* permit compliance.

“This is a significant accomplishment for the treatment plant and a prestigious honor from the National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA),” said Mike McGrath, Director, Wastewater Treatment Division, Department of Public Works and Environmental Services.

NACWA’s Peak Performance Awards recognize member agency facilities for excellence in wastewater treatment as measured by their compliance with their NPDES permit.  The award also recognizes the commitment, innovation and achievements of individuals and public agencies in the clean water community.

To be eligible for a Platinum Peak Performance award, a wastewater facility must obtain and test 365 daily sample results (of effluent), 52 weekly samples and 12 monthly samples. Biochemical oxygen demand or BOD tests determine if cleaned wastewater released from a plant will or will not harm the environment. Considering there are thousands of wastewater treatment plants in the U.S., 100 percent permit compliance dramatically impacts the quality of water in this country.

As a multi-year Platinum Peak Performance honoree, the Noman Cole Plant and the employees who made the award possible will be recognized in a video presentation during the awards ceremony at the July 2016 NACWA annual conference. See last year’s video.  A new video about the winners will debut at the conference.

“Congratulations on receiving this prestigious honor recognizing this great accomplishment," said Edward ‘Ted’ G. Henifin, Chair, NACWA awards committee and General Manager, Hampton Roads Sanitation District, Virginia.

*NPDES National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System


Contact: Irene Haske,
Department of Public Works and Environmental Services 
703-324-5821, TTY 711


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