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Posted on: July 26, 2022

The City of Sequim Receives Wastewater Treatment Plant Outstanding Performance Award

Sequim City Council congratulations the team for the Water Reclamation Facility Award

The City of Sequim Water Reclamation Facility (WRF) has received a “Wastewater Treatment Plant Outstanding Performance” award for 2021 by the Washington State Department of Ecology (DOE).  The Sequim Water Reclamation Facility has received the award for achieving full compliance with its National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit. Only 124 systems out of approximately 300 received the award in 2021.   

This is the third consecutive year the Sequim Water Reclamation Facility has received this award.  The Sequim WRF has received the Wastewater Treatment Plant Outstanding Performance Award 10 out of the previous 11 years.

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 performance.  2021 started as the rainiest year on record, followed by extreme snowfall.  Turning wastewater into water clean enough to discharge to waterways takes efficient process control, skill, teamwork, and good judgement.  Ecology appreciates the extraordinary level of effort your plant operators demonstrated throughout 2021,” said Vincent McGowan, Water Quality Program Manager for the Washington State Department of Ecology in a letter to the City of Sequim.

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

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