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RWRD Receives NACWA Awards for Excellence in 2012

Sep 23, 2013 | Read More News
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The results are in. RWRD earned six of the highly respected and prestigious National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA) Peak Performance Awards for 2012.

NACWA AwardsNACWA was formed in response to the Clean Water Act (CWA) in 1972. The CWA was established to improve water quality standards by reducing the amount of water pollution and toxic substances found in effluent discharged into U.S. surface waters. NACWA is a nationally-recognized leader in environmental policy, water quality, and ecosystem protection issues.

Each year, NACWA recognizes the commitment of member wastewater agencies in the clean-water community through its Peak Performance Awards. The Peak Performance Awards recognize NACWA member agencies for excellence in wastewater treatment through their compliance with the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit limits in meeting clean water effluent discharge standards.

In Arizona, wastewater facilities fall under the jurisdiction of the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ). ADEQ oversees permit requirements for wastewater agencies in Arizona that must meet Arizona Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (AZPDES) requirement limits for their effluent discharges.

The Ina Road Wastewater Reclamation Facility (newly named Tres Rios Water Reclamation Facility) earned a silver award by having no more than five permit exceedances in calendar year 2012.

The Roger Road WRF earned a gold award by having zero exceedances in calendar year 2012.

The Avra Valley WRF, Green Valley WRF, Marana WRF*, and Mt. Lemmon WRF achieved platinum awards for 100% compliance with permit requirements over a consecutive five-year period.

The Avra Valley WRF and the Green Valley WRF earned the highest NACWA award designation: the Platinum 9 level. This designation is achieved with 100% compliance over a consecutive nine-year period.

Five of PCRWRD’s Sub-Regional Facility locations (Arivaca Junction, Corona de Tucson, Fairgrounds, Randolph Park, and Rillito Vista**) do not operate under an AZPDES permit and are not eligible to receive NACWA Peak Performance Awards.

There are over 3,000 parameters that are analyzed and measured each year for wastewater treatment facilities to meet AZPDES permit requirement limits.

Congratulations to the hard-working and dedicated staff of the Treatment Division for a job well done!

*RWRD owned and operated the Marana WRF for four of the five years during this period.
**Rillito Vista WRF is now owned and operated by the Town of Marana.