Port Townsend wastewater treatment gets top state award for 25th year

PORT TOWNSEND — The Port Townsend Wastewater Treatment Facility has won the state Outstanding Performance Award for 25 consecutive years, according to the state Department of Ecology.

Ecology has announced awards for 2022, with 109 wastewater treatment plants across the state noted for top performance.

Olympic Corrections Center in West Jefferson County and Forks and Sequim in Clallam County are among the wastewater treatment plants that have earned the award at least 15 times in the past.

Others on the North Olympic Peninsula that received the award for 2022 are the Clallam Bay Correction Center Wastewater Treatment Plant, Port Angeles Wastewater Treatment Plant and Sunland Water Reclamation Facility, all in Clallam County.

The state has more than 300 wastewater treatment plants. Each year, Ecology honors some of these wastewater treatment plants with the agency’s Outstanding Performance Award for achieving excellent compliance with their water quality permits.

“I invite everyone in our state to join me in saying ‘thank you’ to our local wastewater treatment plant operators and staff,” said Vince McGowan, Ecology’s water quality program manager.

“We rely on them to keep wastewater treatment plants running 24/7. Their expertise, planning and hard work benefits all of us and protects water quality every day.”

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