Rock Island Wastewater Treatment Plant wins award

OLYMPIA — The City of Rock Island’s Wastewater Treatment Plant has received an Outstanding Wastewater Treatment Plant Award from the state Department of Ecology.

There were 126 wastewater treatment plants across the state with perfect performance in 2013, a jump from 107 the year before. Rock Island was one of 10 first-time award winners.

Award-winning plants passed all environmental tests, analyzed all samples, turned in all state-required reports and avoided permit violations during 2013.

State funding helps communities keep their plants operating successfully. In the current funding cycle, Ecology is offering $191 million in grants and loans to 39 wastewater treatment facility construction and preconstruction projects. In addition, the state provides technical assistance to many of the small plants helping them to operate successfully.

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