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DEP's Plant Operations Excellence Award Program

Each year, the department presents awards to drinking water and domestic wastewater facilities around the state that demonstrate excellence in operation, maintenance, innovative treatment, waste reduction and pollution prevention, recycling, or other special achievements. These awards recognize facilities that demonstrate a special commitment to excellence in management through dedicated professionalism.

Facilities that demonstrate excellence are encouraged to complete and submit a self-nominating form to their local DEP district, local program, or Approved County Health Department (ACHD) office.

Awards are presented to one facility in each of the department’s six district offices for each of the following types of drinking water facilities:

  • Small Community water systems serving < 3,300 persons.
  • Medium Community water systems serving 3,300 to 50,000 persons.
  • Large Community water systems serving > 50,000 persons.
  • Non-Community water systems (includes both Transient and Non-Transient).

For domestic wastewater facilities, the award categories within each DEP district are:

  • Type I domestic wastewater facility (permitted capacity of 500,000 gallons per day or greater).
  • Type II domestic wastewater facility (permitted capacity of 100,000 up to but not including 500,000 gallons per day).
  • Type III domestic wastewater facility (permitted capacity of over 2,000 up to but not including 100,000 gallons per day).

2021 Plant Operations Excellence Awards

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection's Division of Water Resource Management is now accepting applications for the 2021 Plant Operations Excellence Awards for both public drinking water supply facilities and domestic wastewater facilities. 2021 applications are available at the links below. They may also be obtained by contacting the water and domestic wastewater programs at DEP districts, delegated domestic wastewater local programs and DOH Approved County Health Department (ACHD) offices. The application deadline is November 12, 2021.

Plant Operations Excellence Award Winners

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Division of Water Resource Management congratulates the winners of the 2020 Plant Operations Excellence Awards for drinking water and domestic wastewater facilities from around the state. The awards are presented to facilities that demonstrate excellence in operation, maintenance, innovative treatment, waste reduction and pollution prevention, recycling, or other special achievements.

2020 Domestic Wastewater Treatment Plant Award Winners

Name of Plant Facility Type DEP District
Sandestin Wastewater Treatment Plant Type I Northwest
Northwest Water Reclamation Facility Type I Northeast
Altamonte Springs Regional Water Reclamation Facility Type I Central
Toho Water Authority - Harmony Water Reclamation Facility Type II Central
Gateway Water Reclamation Facility Type I South
Pine Island Water Reclamation Facility Type II South
Martin County Tropical Farms Wastewater Treatment Facility Type I Southeast
City of New Port Richey Wastewater Treatment Facility Type I Southwest

2020 Drinking Water Treatment Plant Award Winners

Name of Plant Facility Type DEP District
City of Fort Walton Beach Medium Community Water System Northwest
City of Palm Coast Large Community Water System Northeast
Silver Lake Estates Small Community Water System Central
City of Mount Dora Medium Community Water System Central
City of Winter Park Large Community Water System Central
Peace River Manasota Regional Water Treatment Plant Large Community Water System South
Florida Keys Aqueduct Authority (FKAA) Large Community Water System Southeast
City of Tampa Large Community Water System Southwest
City of Tarpon Springs Medium Community Water System Southwest

 

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September 29, 2021 - 3:07pm

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