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Posted on: September 10, 2020

City of Sequim Receives Award for Wastewater Treatment Plant

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The City of Sequim Water Reclamation Facility has received a “Wastewater Treatment Plant Outstanding Performance” award for 2019 by the Washington State Department of Ecology (DOE).  The Sequim Reclamation Facility has received the award for achieving full compliance with its National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit. Only 125 systems out of approximately 300 received the award in 2019.

The Department of Ecology evaluates wastewater treatment plants in Washington for their compliance with effluent limits, monitoring and reporting requirements, spill prevention planning, pretreatment, and overall operational demands of the NPDES permit.

“It takes diligent operators and a strong management team, working effectively together, to achieve this high level of compliance.  It is not easy to operate a wastewater treatment plan 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, without violations,” said Vincent McGowan, Water Quality Program Manager for the Washington State Department of Ecology in a letter to the City of Sequim.

“Ecology appreciates the extraordinary level of effort your plant operators demonstrated throughout 2019.  Talented and proficient operators are critical to successful plant operations and protecting the health of Washington’s waters. This is the sixth consecutive year the Sequim Water Reclamation Facility received this award.  Your excellent record is a credit to the dedicated operators who are responsible for operating this award-winning plant,” he added.

Please contact Utilities Manager Pete Tjemsland at (360) 681-6607 or ptjemsland@sequimwa.gov with questions.


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