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Posted on: July 18, 2019

Wastewater Treatment Plant Receives Outstanding Performance Award for Second Consecutive Year

Don and Mayor - WWTP award

City of North Bend received the Outstanding Wastewater Treatment Plant Award for 2018 for the second consecutive year. The Department of Ecology (DOE) commended the City on the extraordinary level of effort the City’s plant operators demonstrated throughout 2018.  

According to the letter from DOE, of approximately 300 wastewater treatment plants statewide, the City’s plant is one of 109 that achieved full compliance with its National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit in 2018. 

DOE staff evaluated the treatment plants for compliance with the effluent limits, monitoring and reporting requirements, spill prevention planning, pretreatment, and overall operational demands of the NPDES permit. 

“It takes diligent operators and a strong management team, working effectively together, to achieve this high level of compliance. It is not easy to operate a wastewater treatment plant 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, without violations,” according to the letter.  

Mayor Ken Hearing presented a certificate to City Engineer Don DeBerg during the July 16th Council Meeting.

“We are proud to receive this high honor as it is a real testament to our WWTP operators to be in full compliance of DOE standards,” Mayor Hearing said. “It takes hard work and dedication to ensure that our water is safe for our residents and the environment,” Mayor Hearing said. 

In order to maintain the City’s current license and add redundancy to the WWTP, City Councilmembers approved a significant investment in our Wastewater Treatment Plant. One of the major projects will be a new building that will house the ultraviolet disinfection system, upgraded electrical panels and effluent sampling station. This will also add a redundant UV unit and replace the old pump house building that is failing.  

Additionally, this project will include the construction of a new clarifier and the rehabilitation of the existing one. This project will add much-needed reliability and redundancy to the wastewater treatment plant as well as increasing worker safety in several areas.

Prospect Construction, Inc. of Puyallup, WA recently completed a project at the wastewater treatment plant that included improvements to the influent pump station, replacing failing bearings on the oxidation ditch brush aerators, replacement of the drive motor on the secondary clarifier, and replacement of a failing ultraviolet disinfection unit. The project was completed on time and on budget with no change orders.

McClure and Sons, Inc., of Mill Creek, WA was awarded the project in March 2019 and began work on the project in May 2019.  Construction is anticipated to be completed by August 2020, weather dependent.  

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