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New Hampshire wastewater treatment plant given EPA regional award

February 25, 2014


The Pittsfield, N.H., Wastewater Treatment Plant has received a 2013 Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant Excellence Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

The New Hampshire facility and its staff were recognized by the EPA's New England Office for the successful operations carried out at the wastewater plant. Its superintendent Ron Vien was also acknowledged for his work to facilitate the excellent performance of the Pittsfield Wastewater Treatment Plant, the federal agency said.

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Nomination of the plant for the award was supported by the New Hampshire Department of Environment. The facility has also been supported by the Town of Pittsfield ever since it started operations, highlighting the efficiency of the collaborative approach. According to Curt Spalding, regional administrator of the EPA's New England Office, wastewater treatment plants and the professionals operating them greatly benefit from the support they receive from municipalities and local environmental agencies. When all parties work together they can ensure water quality is protected, and the EPA is happy to give them the recognition they deserve, he added.

The EPA Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant Excellence Award is given to publicly owned wastewater treatment plants with the objective to honor employees for their outstanding commitment to ensure that local communities have access to the highest quality water. In many small local facilities, operators and staff manage to provide excellent service with limited resources, the EPA stressed.