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In early August the Washington State Department of Ecology (DOE) announced for the third consecutive year the City of North Bend’s Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP) was honored with the Wastewater Treatment Plant Outstanding Performance Award.
Of approximately 300 wastewater treatment plants statewide, North Bend’s plant was one of 125 that achieved full compliance with its National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit in 2019.
DOE staff evaluated plants for compliance with effluent limits, monitoring and reporting requirements, spill prevention planning, pre-treatment and overall operational demands of the permit.
According to Washington State DOE Water Quality Program Manager Vincent McGowan, “Your excellent record is a credit to the dedicated operators who are responsible for running this award-winning plant. It takes diligent operators and a strong management team, working effectively together, to achieve this high level of compliance.”
He added, “It is not easy to operate a wastewater treatment plant 24 hours a day, 365 days a year without violations. Talented and proficient operators are critical to successful plant operations and protecting the health of Washington’s waters.”
North Bend Public Works Director Mark Rigos explained the award reflects the outstanding effort, commitment and attention to detail of the City’s Public Works operations and maintenance technicians James Monroe, Greg Fierro, Craig Jess and Jerry Forza, along with WWTP Manager Jeff Leamon, Maintenance Supervisor Mark Pray and SCADA Supervisor Chris Cote.
The City of North Bend is currently expanding and upgrading its WWTP to help protect the environment, decrease energy usage and improve employee safety. Phase 1 of the WWTP project is expected to be complete in 2021.