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ECUA Honored for NACWA National Environmental Achievement Award
02/14/2012

ECUA recognized at the 2012 NACWA Winter Conference on Monday, February 13, 2012                    

           LOS ANGELES, CA--The Emerald Coast Utilities Authority (ECUA) has received a National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA) National Environmental Achievement Award for its excellence in Operations and Environmental Performance.  NACWA’s Operations Award is presented to member agencies for outstanding projects, systems, or methods relating to wastewater treatment operations and/or environmental enhancement.

           ECUA was selected for this award for its completion of the Main Street Wastewater Treatment Plant Replacement Project.  The project was the result of Hurricane Ivan’s impact on the Main Street Wastewater Treatment Plant, and ECUA’s subsequent action to plan, design and build the Central Water Reclamation Facility (CWRF).  The CWRF is a state-of-the-art facility that significantly reduces the ECUA’s exposure to facility damages in the coastal floodplain, and eliminates the direct surface water discharge to Pensacola Bay from the former Main Street WWTP. 

           The CWRF utilizes advanced wastewater treatment (AWT) technology, and achieves zero-discharge operations through its partnerships for industrial reuse of the reclaimed water.  The reuse partnerships reduce the demand on the Sand-and-Gravel Aquifer, which is the sole source of the area’s drinking water.                                                                 

           ECUA was recognized with this honor at the 2012 NACWA Winter Conference on Monday, February 13, 2012 at the Omni Hotel in Los Angeles, California.  ECUA Chairman Elvin McCorvey, accepted the NEAA award on behalf of the ECUA.

           For more information on ECUA’s award-winning contributions to environmental protection and wastewater management, contact Jim Roberts, public information officer at (850) 969-3348, jim.roberts@ecua.fl.gov, or visit us at www.ecua.fl.gov.  The National Environmental Achievement Awards are sponsored by the National Association of Clean Water Agencies, Washington, DC.  

           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 collection, water, and wastewater services.