ECUA Receives Two Peak Performance Awards

The Emerald Coast Utilities Authority has again been selected to receive Peak Performance Awards.  The Peak Performance Awards program, presented by the National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA), recognizes public wastewater treatment facilities for their outstanding compliance records in the previous calendar year. 

The ECUA received the Gold Peak Performance Award to honor the Central Water Reclamation Facility (CWRF) and its achievement of perfect compliance with its National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit for the 2013 calendar year.  Coincidentally, the 2013 award comes to the CWRF on the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Ivan, which proved to be the catalyst for its construction and ultimate replacement for the existing Main Street Wastewater Treatment Plant.
Additionally, The ECUA’s Bayou Marcus Water Reclamation Facility received the Silver Peak Performance Award to honor its near-perfect compliance for the same reporting year.  To qualify for this honor, a wastewater treatment facility must have had five or less excursions in the compliance of the NPDES permitting limits. The Bayou Marcus plant had a single permit excursion out of 3,632 compliance points through the 2013 calendar year.

NACWA has recognized ECUA’s Bayou Marcus WRF with a Peak Performance Award in 13 of the last 16 years, and the Pensacola Beach Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP) has earned this honor numerous times.   The Main Street WWTP earned a single Peak Performance Award during its final year of operation in 2011.

The CWRF, which provides reclaimed water daily to its industrial partners, Gulf Power and International Paper, is an advanced wastewater treatment (AWT) facility that the ECUA has operated since its construction in late 2010.  The CWRF was built to replace the Main Street WWTP, which was damaged in 2004 by Hurricane Ivan.

“The ECUA is an outstanding utility, and a shining example of how concerted environmental management efforts can be considered and implemented.   NACWA is honored to showcase the achievements of the ECUA and our nation’s public wastewater utilities through the Peak Performance Awards Program.” Ken Kirk, NACWA’s Executive Director.

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