Submitted by the Washington Department of Ecology.
Nearly a third of Washington’s treatment systems earn the top-performing status each year since its inception in 1995.
Local treatment systems that received recognition were Eastsound Wastewater Treatment Plant; Orcas Village Wastewater Treatment Plant; Roche Harbor Resort Wastewater Treatment Plant; and Rosario Resort Wastewater Treatment Plant.
Wastewater treatment plant operators play a critical role in keeping Washington’s water clean. The plants deal with everything homes and businesses dump in or flush down the drain. This includes items sewage systems were not made to deal with, like disposable wipes, face masks, gloves, oils and grease.
In spite of such hurdles, 125 wastewater treatment plants across the state earned the award by achieving full compliance with their water quality permits in 2019.