CLEARWATER – Teams and facilities of the city of Clearwater’s public utilities department have been recognized with six awards, given by two national water and environmental associations. The groups unite water quality professionals responsible for protecting the clean water environment. The awards are the following:
• Gold Peak Performance – Both Clearwater’s East Water Reclamation Facility and Northeast Water Reclamation Facility won these awards from the National Association of Clean Water Agencies in recognition of complete and consistent National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permit compliance during 2012.
• Silver Peak Performance – Clearwater’s Marshall Street Water Reclamation Facility won this award from the National Association of Clean Water Agencies in recognition of consistent National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permit compliance during 2012.
• Outstanding Membrane Plant Award 2013 – Clearwater’s Reverse Osmosis Water Treatment Plant No. 1 facility received this award from the Southeast Desalting Association in recognition of outstanding plant operations and maintenance and exemplary membrane treatment plant performance.
• Outstanding Membrane Plant Operator Award 2013 – Fred Hemerick, water plant chief operator of the city’s RO No. 1 facility won this award from SEDA in recognition of outstanding service and dedication to membrane operations and for leadership within the industry.
• Distinguished Service Award 2013 – Greg Turman, public utilities coordinator for water production was given this award by SEDA in appreciation for his contribution and support to the growth and development of the Southeast Desalting Association organization.
“The public utilities department works hard to ensure that Clearwater residents receive high quality water for all their needs,” said Tracy Mercer, director of public utilities. “Water is our most valuable resource, and our team does all it can to conserve and protect our water supply and to provide high quality reclaimed water.”