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DEP's Plant Operations Excellence Awards Program

Each year, the department presents awards to domestic wastewater and drinking water facilities around the state that demonstrate excellence in operation, maintenance, innovative treatment, waste reduction and pollution prevention, recycling, or other special achievements. These awards are presented to 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 to be recognized. Current applications are available below.

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)

2017 Plant Operations Excellence Awards

The department’s Division of Water Resource Management is now accepting applications for the department’s 2017 Plant Operations Excellence Awards for both public 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. 2017 applications are also available below.

Completed application forms must be submitted to the appropriate district, local program, or ACHD office by September 1, 2017.

Public Water Supply (PWS) Facility Award Application

Will be posted when it becomes available.

Domestic Wastewater (DW) Facilities Award Application

2017 DW Application

Plant Operations Excellence Awards Winners

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Division of Water Resource Management congratulates the winners of the 2016 Plant Operations Excellence Awards for domestic wastewater and drinking water 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 2016 awards were presented to recipients at regional ceremonies throughout the state during the Florida Rural Water Association's annual “Focus On Change” seminars that were held during January and February 2017.

2016 Domestic Wastewater Treatment Plant Award Winners!

Name of Plant Facility Type DEP District
Palm Coast Wastewater Treatment Facility #1 Type III Northeast
North Bay Wastewater Treatment Facility Type I Northwest
Bay Point Wastewater Treatment Plant Type III South
Bonita Springs Utilities East Water Reclamation Facility Type I South
City of Tarpon Springs Advanced Wastewater Treatment Facility Type I Southwest

2016 Drinking Water Treatment Plant Award Winners!

Name of Plant Facility Type DEP District
Bay County Water Treatment Plant Large Community Water System Northwest
Destin Water Users Inc. Medium Community Water System Northwest
Naval Air Station Whiting Field Small Community Water System Northwest
City of Winter Park Swoope Water Plant Large Community Water System Central
Clermont East Water Treatment Plant Medium Community Water System

Central

City of Cape Coral North RO Plant Large Community Water System South
The Island Water Association Medium Community Water System South
Town of Jupiter Utilities Large Community Water System Southeast
Tampa Bay Water Surface Water Treatment Plant Large Community Water System Southwest
Dunedin Medium Community Water System Southwest

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November 9, 2017 - 10:05am

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