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By Kelcey Hatch
Reporter 

Sewer District receives award from Ecology Department for fifth year in a row

 

July 13, 2010

The construction of the new treatment facility is coming along right on schedule.

Spirits were high at the Lake Stevens Sewer District Thursday, ,July 8 as they celebrated their accomplishments.

The Department of Ecology were there to present them with an award for outstanding performance in the operation of a wastewater collection system and wastewater treatment facility. This year marks the fifth consecutive year since 2005 that the Lake Stevens Sewer District has received this award.

The award for outstanding performance is awarded annually by the Washington State Department of Ecology.

Since 1955, out of 174 treatment facilities in Washington State, the Lake Stevens District is one of only 12 to meet the standards to earn this award five years in a row.

“It is great to see such a great job being done, we are really excited to be here for the celebration,” said Amy Jankowiak, Enviromental Specialist at The Department of Ecology.

Within the five-year period that the Lake Stevens Sewer District has been recognized the existing facility has treated 3,785,190,000 gallons of wastewater.

“It is the overall team, including our administrative staff that comprise the sound environmental effort that protects our lake and services this community both night and day, 365 days a year,” said Darwin Smith, District Manager of Lake Stevens Sewer District.

A new wastewater treatment plant is being built on Sunnyside in Lake Stevens to replace the current facilities that were built in the 1960’s.

The new plant will improve water quality, allow future growth of the community and move water treatment out of the flood zone it is currently in.

“To keep the current plant doing what it needs to be doing while transferring into a new plant is an incredible feat and the field crew has done an incredible job,” Jankowiak said.

Planning for the new plant began in the nineties with construction following in 2003. Completion of the facility is scheduled for 2012.

“I would like to make special note of the efforts of Rick Lewellen, Deputy Manager of Operations, who provides such high levels of professional service in his unique ability in the realm of wastewater. His leadership, along with the superior efforts of our wastewater treatment plant operators are key factors in achieving this compliance award. Lon Corley, Field Superintendent and his collections and transmission operators’ tireless, night and day efforts have also been instrumental in achieving this excellent level of performance and service,” Smith said.

Lake Stevens Sewer District staff, board members, water and sewer specialists and engineers all gathered for a tour of the new treatment plant.

Jeannie Screws, President of the Washington Association of Sewer and Water Districts traveled to Lake Stevens to join the ceremonies.

“It takes a lot of people and a lot of commitment to get to this point, to see a city and district with such great relations is unique,” Screws said.

Help the Lake Stevens Sewer District continue it’s excellence and do your part to keep our water clean by keeping unflushables out of your toilets. Items include babywipes, pharmaceuticals, food wrappers, cigarette butts and personal care products. For a complete list of items that don’t belong in the toilet stop by the Sewer District at 1106 Vernon Road, Suite A in Lake Stevens.

 

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