Ecology awards College Place for "flawless" water treatment record

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COLLEGE PLACE — As far as the state Department of Ecology goes, the third time is a charm for College Place.

On Monday, the city will be presented with its second and third awards for its wastewater treatment record. The awards will be presented to Mayor Rick Newby at the City Council meeting that evening.

According to Ecology spokeswoman Jani Gilbert, the city had a “flawless” record for wastewater treatment in 2010 and again in 2011. College Place also had a perfect wastewater treatment year in 2009.

Gilbert said city Public Works Director Paul Hartwig and his staff earned the honors “because the plant passed every environmental test, analyzed all samples according to Ecology’s stringent requirements and did not violate currently permitted discharge limits in 2010 or 2011.”

The College Place facility processes up to 1.6 million gallons of wastewater each day.

“I can’t think of anything we do that is more important to the quality of our water than treating our wastewater thoroughly before it is returned to the environment,” said Ecology’s Jim Bellatty, who manages Ecology’s Water Quality Program in Eastern Washington. “To do it perfectly deserves big thanks from all of us.”

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