ENV Receives Five Peak Performance Awards
(July 14, 2009) – The City’s Department of Environmental Services received Peak Performance Awards for outstanding compliance records during 2008 for its wastewater treatment plants at the 2009 National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA) Summer Conference and 39th Annual Meeting in Milwaukee, Wis.
ENV received five Peak Performance Awards – one platinum and four silver. Waianae Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP) notched a Platinum 7 Award for seven straight years with 100 percent compliance with its National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit. Wahiawa, Sand Island, Kailua Regional and Honouliuli WWTPs garnered Silver Awards.
The NACWA recognition program consists of three categories – Platinum, Gold and Silver. Platinum Awards recognize facilities with 100-percent compliance with its NPDES permit for five or more consecutive years. Gold Awards honor treatment plants that achieved 100-percent compliance with its NPDES permits during the calendar year, while Silver Awards identify facilities that received no more than five permit violations during that same time.
The NPDES permit program, mandated by the Clean Water Act, controls water pollution by regulating point sources that discharge into U.S. waters. Point sources are discrete conveyances such as pipes or manmade ditches. Individual homes that are connected to a municipal system, use a septic system, or do not have a surface discharge do not need an NPDES permit; however, industrial, municipal and other facilities must obtain permits if their discharges go directly to surface waters.
Markus Owens, ENV Public Communications Officer, 768-3454