PENSACOLA The Emerald Coast Utilities Authority (ECUA) recently received notice that its Main Street Replacement Project has earned two national awards.  The first award is the inclusion of the Main Street Project on the recently released Water & Waste Digest list of Water and Wastewater Top Projects for 2011.  This listing is notable in that this is a first for the ECUA.  The editors of Water & Waste Digest, in honoring the Main Street Project, noted that the site of the Central Water Reclamation Facility (CWRF) is above the Category 5 storm surge elevation and in close proximity to partners for reuse of the plant’s reclaimed water.  The editors added that the project’s water reuse program with its industrial partners puts the project “in a class of its own.”

The Main Street Wastewater Treatment Plant Replacement Project was also recognized by the National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA) through its 2012 National Environmental Achievement Awards (NEAA) Program.  The Main Street Project won the NEAA award in the Operations and Environmental Performance category, and will be recognized during the NACWA Winter Conference in February.  Ken Kirk, NACWA Executive Director, stated that the NEAA award celebrates ECUA’s “commitment to innovation and best practices in the clean water community”.

Steve Sorrell, ECUA Executive Director, noted that the construction of the CWRF was completed through a team effort.  Sorrell stated, “The fact that we completed such a complex project in record time and under budget is a testament to how well our engineering and construction partners worked with the ECUA team.  Receiving these two awards is a nice complement to the project.” 

About ECUA: Originally founded as the Escambia County Utilities Authority in 1981, the Authority’s name was officially changed to the Emerald Coast Utilities Authority on June 29, 2004. The ECUA is a local governmental body, existing under the laws of the State of Florida to provide sanitation, water, and wastewater services.