Leading with Efficiencies: Operational Excellence Awards

Water and Wastewater Collection Division Wins Excellence Award

The City of Kingsport Water and Wastewater Collection Division was presented with the Excellence in Water Distribution Operations Award from the American Water Works Association. The award is given to recognize distribution staff across the Kentucky/Tennessee region for their exceptional performance in meeting all Federal Drinking Water Standards and overall initiative to excel at the business of producing safe water for customers.

The City of Kingsport is placed in a category of distribution systems that have over 33,000 customers. There are approximately 473 registered public water systems in Tennessee so receiving this award is quite an honor.

AWWA is the authoritative resource for knowledge, information, and advocacy to improve the quality and supply of water in North America and beyond. AWWA is the largest organization of water professionals in the world. AWWA advances public health, safety and welfare by uniting the efforts of the full spectrum of the water community. Through our collective strength we become better stewards of water for the greatest good of the people and the environment.

Congrats to the Water & Wastewater Collection Division!

 

Wastewater Treatment Plant Wins Operational Excellence Award

The City of Kingsport Wastewater Treatment Plant received the KY/TN Water Environment Association (WEA) Operational Excellence Award. This award is presented to wastewater treatment facilities who have achieved permit compliance during the previous calendar year by having no more than one violation of their National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit. The Kingsport Wastewater Treatment Plant had zero violations for 2015.

A wastewater treatment plant is a place where the biological processes that must happen require numerous decisions that must be made on a daily basis to make the good bacteria and organisms happy and operating efficiently.

There are nearly 4,000 opportunities to incur a NPDES permit violation at any given time. Compliance of 100 percent does not happen without significate effort and considerable knowledge of the processes.

Congrats to the Wastewater Treatment Plant!