Fairfax County Wastewater Treatment Plant Achieves 100 Percent Permit Compliance Again


June 28, 2017
For Immediate Release

Fairfax County Wastewater Treatment Plant Achieves 100 Percent Permit Compliance Again

Fairfax County's Wastewater Management Program's multiyear record of perfect compliance with its discharge permit is approaching two decades. For the 19th consecutive year the Noman M. Cole, Jr. Pollution Control Plant in Lorton has earned the Platinum Peak Performance Award from the National Association of Clean Water Agencies.

"It is a significant accomplishment, which fewer than a dozen of the nation's 16,500 wastewater treatment plants have won" said Mike McGrath, Wastewater Treatment Division director, Department of Public Works and Environmental Services. "It takes hard work to keep all of the pieces working to make this happen."

NACWA's Peak Performance Awards recognize member agency facilities for excellence in wastewater treatment and recognizes the commitment, innovation, and achievements of individuals and public agencies in the clean water community. This is the 30th time NACWA has recognized the plant for its performance.

To be eligible for a Platinum Peak Performance award, a wastewater treatment facility must obtain and test 356 daily samples of treated water, 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.

Fairfax County Wastewater Treatment Plant Achieves 100 Percent Permit Compliance Again
Forty million gallons of wastewater are treated and released every day at the Noman M. Cole, Jr. Pollution Control Plant.

 

Contact: Matthew Kaiser, Public Information Officer 
Department of Public Works and Environmental Services 
703-324-8455, TTY 711

 


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