Pullman WWTP Achieves State Recognition

Pullman WWTP Achieves State Recognition
Posted on 08/11/2021
WWTP Crew PhotoHave you heard? The City of Pullman Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP) professionals earned top-performing status from the Washington State Department of Ecology (Ecology) for outstanding operations during the 2020 calendar year. According to Ecology in order to be recognized in this capacity, it requires a facility to meet all state pollution discharge standards, completing all monitoring requirements, submitting reports timely, spill prevention planning, pretreatment of waste, and achieving all operational obligations identified within the City’s permits. The Ecology staff acknowledge that meeting these requirements is no small task and it takes all employees at a facility using their great knowledge and skills to work together and clearly communicate to achieve success. In addition, Vince McGowan, Ecology’s Water Quality Program Manager, stated, “Wastewater treatment plant operators demonstrated just how resilient, talented, and dedicated they are by what they accomplished in 2020. Their efforts help protect water quality for all of us. Now is the time to thank your local wastewater treatment plant operator.”

Sharing over 100-years of combined experience, eight full-time, and one part-time employee, including WWTP Supervisor Trevor Cook, five plant operators, a mechanic, and a laboratory manager, combine their efforts to operate the City’s activated sludge WWTP seven days a week.

In response to Ecology, when asked what the recognition meant to them, plant staff issued the following statement, "The City of Pullman Wastewater Treatment Plant staff is honored to receive distinguished recognition for providing exceptional treatment of the City's wastewater. This achievement exemplifies the hard work and commitment of Pullman residents, elected officials, administrators, and plant staff to the mission of ensuring clean water for a thriving ecosystem."

"I am extremely proud of this achievement by our WWTP team! To achieve this during a pandemic when Washington State University transitioned to online classes, and many of the students left Pullman is a remarkable achievement." stated Art Garro, Maintenance and Operations Superintendent. "This is a true testament to the skill, dedication, and commitment of our staff."

Congratulations to the entire WWTP team for receiving this well-deserved recognition!

To find out more about recognitions given to agencies around the state, visit the Ecology website here.