United Water and the city of Indianapolis were recently honored with two Platinum Peak Performance Awards from the National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA). The awards recognize the partnership’s contributions to environmental protection and the clean water community.
United Water operates the city’s two advanced wastewater treatment plants which have a combined capacity of 250 million gallons per day. The Platinum Awards, which were presented at NACWA’s annual conference in Chicago, IL, signify that each treatment plant was 100 percent compliant with environmental discharge standards in 2010.
In addition, the awards recognize that both wastewater treatment plants have had an extraordinary record for several consecutive years. The Southport Advanced Wastewater Treatment Plant has seven years of 100 percent compliance while the Belmont Advanced Wastewater Treatment Plant has 14 years.
“Earning two prestigious awards from an organization that prides itself on water quality protection is further proof that Mayor Greg Ballard is fulfilling his commitment to make Indianapolis a cleaner, more livable city,” said Indianapolis DPW Director David Sherman. “Every day the DPW staff maintains a level of excellence at our treatment facilities and it’s an honor to see that hard work recognized on a national level.”
“This award demonstrates the dedication to excellence that nearly 200 United Water employees have toward operating and maintaining the wastewater facilities for the city of Indianapolis,” said Bob Iacullo, president of United Water. “Their ongoing extra efforts and commitment to the citizens of Indianapolis truly ensures this high level of environmental compliance excellence.”
United Water has been operating the city’s wastewater facilities since 1994. In addition to the wastewater treatment plants, which serve 800,000 residents and 41,000 businesses, the company is also responsible for the collection system, the Eagle Creek Dam, laboratory services and industrial pretreatment monitoring.
About United Water
United Water is one of the nation’s leading environmental companies, providing water and wastewater services to approximately 7 million people in the United States. In addition to owning and operating 20 water utilities, the company operates more than 200 municipal and industrial water and wastewater systems through innovative public-private partnerships and contract agreements. United Water’s affiliate, Utility Service Company, is the nation’s leading provider of long-term asset management contracts for water storage facilities with municipal and industrial clients. Founded in 1869, United Water is a subsidiary of SUEZ ENVIRONNEMENT.
About SUEZ ENVIRONNEMENT
Natural resources are not infinite. Each day, SUEZ ENVIRONNEMENT (Paris: SEV, Brussels: SEVB) and its subsidiaries deal with the challenge to protect resources by providing innovative solutions to industries and to millions of people. SUEZ ENVIRONNEMENT supplies drinking water to 91 million people, provides wastewater treatment services for 61 million people and collects the waste produced by 50 million people. SUEZ ENVIRONNEMENT has 79,554 employees and, with its presence on a global scale, is the world’s leader exclusively dedicated to environmental services. SUEZ ENVIRONNEMENT, a 35.4% GDF SUEZ affiliate, reported sales turnover of 13.9 billion Euros ($18.5 billion USD) at the end of financial year 2010.
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