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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. The 2018 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)

2018 Plant Operations Excellence Awards

The department’s Division of Water Resource Management is now accepting applications for the department’s 2018 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. 2018 applications are also available below.

Plant Operations Excellence Awards Winners

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Division of Water Resource Management congratulates the winners of the 2017 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 2017 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 2018.

2017 Domestic Wastewater Treatment Plant Award Winners

Name of Plant Facility Type DEP District
Gainesville Regional Utility Kanapaha Water Reclamation Facility Type I Northeast
Military Point Regional Advanced Wastewater Facility Type I Northwest
Rivercamps on Crooked Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant Type III Northwest
Collier County South County Water Reclamation Facility Type I South
Village of Wellington Water Reclamation Facility Type I Southeast
City of Tarpon Springs Advanced Wastewater Treatment Facility Type I Southwest

2017 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 Clermont East Water System Medium Community Water System Central
Peace River Manasota Regional Water Treatment Plant Large Community Water System South
The Island Water Association Medium Community Water System South
Hillsborough County - Lithia Water Treatment Plant Large Community Water System Southwest
City of Dunedin Reverse Osmosis Water Treatment Plant Medium Community Water System Southwest

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August 1, 2018 - 12:59pm

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