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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)

2020 Plant Operations Excellence Awards

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection's Division of Water Resource Management is now accepting applications for the 2020 Plant Operations Excellence Awards for both public drinking water supply facilities and domestic wastewater facilities. Applications may 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. 2020 applications will be made available through this web site soon.

Plant Operations Excellence Award Winners

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Division of Water Resource Management congratulates the winners of the 2019 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. The 2019 awards were presented to recipients at six regional ceremonies throughout the state during the Florida Rural Water Association's annual “Focus On Change” seminars held January and February 2020.

2019 Domestic Wastewater Treatment Plant Award Winners

Name of Plant Facility Type DEP District
Sandestin Wastewater Treatment Plant Type I Northwest
Key Largo Wastewater Treatment District Type I South
City of Dunedin Wastewater Treatment Plant Type I Southwest

2019 Drinking Water Treatment Plant Award Winners

Name of Plant Facility Type DEP District
Seminole County Southeast Regional Water Treatment Plant Large Community Water System Central
City of Clermont East Water System Medium Community Water System Central
South Walton Utility Company, Inc. Medium Community Water System Northwest
Naval Air Station Whiting Field Small Community Water System Northwest
Collier County South Regional Water Treatment Plant Large Community Water System South
The Island Water Association Medium Community Water System South
MSKP Town & Country Utilities Small Community Water System South
Town of Jupiter Utilities Large Community Water System Southeast
City of Stuart Water Treatment Facility Medium Community Water System Southeast
Tampa Bay Regional Surface Water Treatment Plant Large Community Water System Southwest

 

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March 30, 2020 - 2:06pm

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