Recently, the Johnson County Board of County Commissioners recognized a range of awards received by Johnson County Wastewater. The National Association of Clean Water Agencies presented the following awards, which honor the outstanding compliance with national pollutant standards in the county.
For the 2017 calendar year, Johnson County Wastewater received:
- Four Platinum Awards which honor treatment works that have completed at least five consecutive years of complete and consistent National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit compliance:
- Platinum 6 Award for six years of 100 percent compliance: Tomahawk Creek and New Century Airport treatment facilities.
- Platinum 11 Award for 11 years of 100 percent compliance: Mill Creek Regional Treatment Facility.
- Platinum 12 Award for 12 years of 100 percent compliance: Blue River Main.
- One Gold Award, which honors treatment works that achieved 100 percent compliance with the NPDES permit went to Douglas L. Smith Middle Basin.
- One Silver Award, which honors treatment works that had five violations or less of the NPDES permit. The Silver Award winner, Nelson Complex, had one violation for the year.
Susan Pekarek, general manager for JCW, noted that the department has a list of more than 2,000 permit compliance points they must meet each year, so the recognitions for 100 percent compliance and one violation are something of which the staff are very proud.