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May 8, 2001

WAIANAE WASTEWATER PLANT WINS NATIONAL AWARD

Honolulu Mayor Jeremy Harris announced today that the Department of Environmental Services's Waianae Wastewater Treatment Plant has received the highest award of excellence, the Platinum Award, given by the Association of Metropolitan Sewerage Agencies (AMSA).

“I am extremely proud of our staff, who worked diligently every day and around the clock to earn this award,” said the Mayor. “They reflect our commitment to provide our community with a wastewater system that will serve as a model for others to follow.”

The Waianae facility is one of only 12 treatment plants in the country to earn AMSA's Platinum Award for five consecutive years of perfect compliance with requirements of its federal pollution permit. AMSA Executive Director Ken Kirk noted that “the City and County of Honolulu is truly among an elite group of honorees.”

The award is based on how effectively treatment plants removed pollutants from wastewater from 1995 through 2000, according to their National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permits. These pollutants include suspended solids, pathogenic bacteria and toxic heavy metals. A Gold Award is given for one year of perfect compliance with the NPDES permit; five consecutive Gold Awards result in the Platinum Award.

“Our treatment plants have received high ratings from AMSA over the years, but this is exceptional, especially considering that AMSA represents more than 700 sewage treatment plants nationwide,” said Tim Steinberger, Acting Environmental Services Director.

(For last year's awards see July 25, 2000 news release.)

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