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IWA recognized with Plant Operations Excellence Award

By Staff | Feb 27, 2019

PHOTO PROVIDED From left, Island Water Association Production Manager Pat Henry, Operator Jarrod Adkins and Assistant Chief Plant Operator Brandon Henke receive the Drinking Water Plant Excellence Award from Florida Department of Environmental Protection South District Director Jon Iglehart.

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection recently presented 2018 Plant Operations Excellence Awards to three wastewater treatment facilities and two drinking water facilities.

This year’s drinking water facility recipients are Sanibel’s Island Water Association Water Treatment Plant and Peace River Manasota Regional Water Treatment Plant. The Japanese Gardens Homeowners Corp. Inc., Babcock Ranch Water Utility and Collier County North County Water Reclamation Facility are the wastewater treatment facility award recipients.

“Congratulations to the South District’s winners of the 2018 Plant Excellence Awards. The winners represent the broad spectrum of water and wastewater utilities that serve this region,” DEP South District Director Jon Iglehart said. “DEP recognizes their outstanding commitment to providing outstanding service to their customers and the environmental benefits of exceptional performance. We are working together to protect Florida’s natural resources.”

It is the third year in a row that IWA has received the Drinking Water Plant Operations Excellence Award. It was presented on Feb. 18 at the 2019 FOCUS on Change seminar in Punta Gorda. The prestigious award is given to one medium-large sized utility in the state each year in recognition of outstanding treatment plant operation, maintenance and compliance.

“For IWA to be awarded this honor in a single year is a testament to the high-quality operations and professional staff at the utility,” Assistant Chief Plant Operator Brandon Henke said. “To receive the award for three consecutive years shows that our critical water systems are being operated, maintained and managed by the best in the industry.”

Each year, DEP presents awards to domestic wastewater and drinking water facilities around the state that demonstrate excellence in operation, maintenance, innovative treatment, waste reduction, pollution prevention, recycling or other achievements. The awards recognize facilities that demonstrate a special commitment to excellence in management through dedicated professionalism and that have an impeccable history of record-keeping compliance.

The IWA is a non-profit, member-owned water utility governed by an unpaid board of directors. It employs a staff of 30 in production, distribution, maintenance, engineering and administration. The utility sources water from deep aquifer wells and uses reverse osmosis treatment technology to produce and distribute potable water to serve over 5,000 accounts on Sanibel and Captiva.

For more information, visit www.islandwater.com.