July 23, 2014

Atlantic County Utilities Authority (ACUA) Wastewater Division awarded National Peak Performance Gold Award

The Atlantic County Utilities Authority (ACUA) Wastewater Division has been awarded the Peak Performance Gold Award by the National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA). The ACUA facility was one of 158 wastewater plants nationally to achieve this distinction in 2013.  Peak Performance Gold Awards honor member agencies that have achieved 100 percent compliance with their National Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit for an entire year. Since the ACUA joined NACWA twenty years ago, it has received 19 Peak Performance awards including two Platinum awards. After five consecutive years of perfect compliance, the Platinum award is given to an organization in place of Gold on the fifth year.

“The Atlantic County Utilities Authority is an outstanding example of environmental efforts.   NACWA is honored to showcase the achievements of the ACUA and our nation’s public wastewater utilities through the Peak Performance Awards Program,” noted Ken Kirk, NACWA’s Executive Director.

The ACUA’s 40 million gallon per day secondary treatment facility has additionally reported perfect effluent discharge for 16 years prior to joining NACWA in 1994.

“This perfect discharge compliance record is a direct reflection on the dedication and professional commitment of the ACUA’s wastewater staff who continuously find ways to improve operations and to better serve our customers while maintaining the highest level of environmental protection possible,” Richard Dovey, ACUA President stated. “Perfect compliance and the Peak Performance Gold Award are a testament to the dedication of our wastewater staff. This accomplishment requires diligent, careful observation and operation during each step of the treatment process, meticulous lab analysis and competent financial and engineering planning.   ACUA personnel continue to provide all of these services in a superior manner,” Dovey added.

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