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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
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
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
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.