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Johnson County Wastewater earns national recognition for 100 percent environmental compliance

Johnson County Wastewater (JCW) has received national recognition for its compliance with National Pollutant Discharge Elimination (NPDES) permit limits. The National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA) recognized the county in July with platinum and gold Peak Performance Awards for the 2016 calendar year.

Each year NACWA recognizes public wastewater facilities for outstanding environmental compliance.

Two JCW treatment facilities, the Myron K. Nelson Plant and the Douglas L. Smith Middle Basic Plant, received the Gold Peak Performance Award which honors treatment works that have achieved 100 percent compliance with the NPDES permit in 2016.

This year JCW received four Platinum Peak Performance Awards to honor treatment works that have completed at least five years of complete and consistent 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 10 years of permit compliance, and
  • The Blue River Main Plant for 11 years of permit compliance. 

Staff members were recognized by the Johnson County Commission at its Aug. 24 regular business meeting.