Each year the National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA) recognizes public wastewater facilities for outstanding compliance with National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit limits. This recognition program consists of Peak Performance Awards in three categories - Platinum, Gold and Silver.
Johnson County Wastewater was recognized in July at the NACWA national conference held in St. Louis for its outstanding compliance records in the 2016 calendar year.
Two JCW treatment facilities received the Gold Peak Performance Award which honors treatment works that have achieved 100 percent compliance with the NPDES permit for 2016.
- The Myron K. Nelson Plant
- The Douglas L. Smith Middle Basin Plant
This year, JCW is proud to announce they received four Platinum Peak Performance Awards to honor treatment works that have completed at least five years of complete and consistent National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit compliance. This is the highest number of Platinum Awards the department has ever earned. The county's Platinum Award recipients are:
- The New Century AirCenter and the Tomahawk Creek plants for five years of permit compliance,
- The Mill Creek Regional Plant for ten years of permit compliance, and
- The Blue River Main Plant for eleven years of permit compliance.
Staff members were recognized at the regular meeting of the Johnson County Board of County Commissioners last Thursday.
Platinum Awardees were featured in a video presentation at an awards ceremony during NACWA's 2017 Summer Conference, and in the video, facility staff were asked to "jump" for clean water - with a prize at stake for best photo.
General Manager Susan Pekarek has high praise for the employees. "All of you are very humble. You are committed to keeping public health and the environment safe. You do what it takes, not only operating and maintaining our systems during the day, but also coming in to work in the middle of the night, on weekends and holidays. You don't brag on yourselves; you simply do what you are committed to do. And nearly all the time, you do it without anyone in the public knowing how you are taking care to protect them. For that, I thank you. Keep up the great work. The rest of the leadership team and I are so very proud of all you!"