Block Island Wastewater Treatment Plant Recognized for Excellence

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BOSTON -- The New Shoreham Water and Sewer Commission was recently selected by EPA for a 2014 Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant Excellence Award.

The New Shoreham Water and Sewer Commission staff, led by Chris Blane, Superintendent, was recognized by EPA's New England Office for exceptional work in operating and maintaining the wastewater treatment plant. The plant was one of five facilities in New England acknowledged for exemplary performance during 2014.

“The professionals operating these wastewater treatment plants, as well as the municipalities and the state environmental agencies that support them, are essential to keeping our environment healthy by protecting water quality. I am proud to give them the credit they deserve,” said Curt Spalding, regional administrator of EPA's New England Office.

The EPA Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant Excellence Award was established to recognize and honor the employees of publicly owned wastewater treatment plants for its commitment to improving water quality with outstanding plant operations and maintenance. More often than not, and particularly with the smaller facilities, conscientious operators and staff continue to perform exceptionally with limited resources.

The New Shoreham Wastewater Treatment Plant was acknowledged for its outstanding work on January 28, 2015 at the annual New England Water Environment Association Conference in Boston. The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management was instrumental in nominating this facility.

For more information: http://www.epa.gov/ne/topics/water/wwater.html and http://www.epa.gov/owm/mtb/intnet.htm

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