Wastewater Management works toward improving our performance and creating added value for our customers. The results of these efforts have been recognized with several awards from regulators and peers in the industry. We will continue looking ahead and raising the bar to ensure exceptional customer service and full regulatory compliance at responsible rates.
Awards have been given from national, state, and associational bodies:
- U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
- National Association of Clean Water Agencies
- Virginia Department of Environmental Safety
- Virginia Water Environment Association
- Water Environment Federation
- Analysts of the Year
- Government Finance Officers Association
Overview of Key Awards
EPA Partners Award
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recognized Fairfax County as a charter 2003 Clean Water Partner for its leadership role in the protection of the Chesapeake Bay. The recognition was given to the county for the efforts of Wastewater Management, which has voluntarily monitored the ecology of Gunston Cove and the surrounding area for almost 20 years. The purpose of the monitoring is to determine changes over time due to point-source and non-point-source pollution. The voluntary monitoring has partnered the water quality sampling and analysis expertise of Fairfax County with the ecology expertise of George Mason University.
The Clean Water Partners for the 21st Century Program recognizes local governments for extraordinary efforts beyond the requirements of the Clean Water Act, both within their own organizations and as part of a larger effort, to help mobilize local resources to protect and improve the health of water bodies in a specific watershed. The Program focuses attention on the leadership roles local governments play in improving overall watershed health. The awards were presented for the first time in 2003 to coincide with the 30th anniversary of the Clean Water Act.
National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA) Gold and Platinum Peak Performance Award
In 2005, the Noman M. Cole, Jr., Pollution Control Plant received the Gold Peak Performance Award for the seventh consecutive year from NACWA. The Gold Award recognizes the facility’s accomplishments in protecting water quality in the County. The Gold Award pays special tribute to those municipal wastewater treatment facilities achieving 100% compliance with all National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permitted limits during a calendar year. As authorized by the Clean Water Act, the NPDES permit program controls water pollution by regulating point sources that discharge pollutants into waters of the United States. Since its introduction in 1972, the NPDES permit program is responsible for significant improvements to our nation’s water quality.
In 2003, the Noman M. Cole, Jr., Pollution Control Plant received the Platinum Peak Performance Award from NACWA. The Platinum Award pays special tribute to those municipal wastewater treatment facilities that for five consecutive years received Gold Awards for achieving 100% compliance with all NPDES permitted limits during a calendar year.
Businesses for the Bay Environmental Excellence Award
Wastewater Management received a Businesses for the Bay Environmental Excellence Award for the nutrient reduction program at the Noman M. Cole, Jr., Pollution Control Plant. During calendar year 2004, total phosphorous removal was 60% greater than required by the Virginia Pollution Discharge Elimination System permit limit. Therefore, the total phosphorous loading to Pohick Creek, a tributary to the Chesapeake Bay, was 15,428 pounds less than required permit levels. Regarding nitrogen removal, the average total nitrogen discharge of 6.2 mg/L was significantly less than the voluntary target of 8.0 mg/L.
The nutrient removal program also includes other benefits, such as reductions in process chemicals. The denitrification process naturally increases the alkalinity of the effluent, thereby reducing caustic chemical requirements. In addition, inducing increased biological uptake of phosphorus within the biological processes results in less ferric chloride needed to meet permit limits.
Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting
For the second consecutive year, the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) awarded a Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting to the System for its Comprehensive Annual Financial Report for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2004. In order to be awarded a Certificate of Achievement, a government entity must publish an easily readable and efficiently organized comprehensive annual financial report. This report must satisfy both generally accepted accounting principles and applicable financial reporting requirements. The Certificate of Achievement is a prestigious national award recognizing conformance with the highest standards of state and local government financial reports.
NACWA Excellence in Management Award
Wastewater Management was a 2004 recipient of a newly created recognition award from NACWA. This award is designed to honor member agencies who have implemented successful programs (over a continuous three-year period) that address the range of management challenges faced by public wastewater utilities in today’s competitive environment. The award was presented to Wastewater Management for its proactive management action leading to improvements in such areas as environmental quality, system capacity and reliability, operations and maintenance, asset management, use of technology, finances, rate management, and customer relations. NACWA is a national trade association representing nearly 300 of the nation’s public wastewater utilities that provide service to the majority of Americans.