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Franklin, N.H. Wastewater Facility Recognized for Excellence

Release Date: 02/07/2006
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U.S. EPA - New England Regional Office
February 7, 2006

Contact: David Deegan, 617-918-1017

(Boston) – The Franklin, N.H. Wastewater Treatment Facility was recently selected by EPA for an "Operations and Maintenance Wastewater Excellence Award" in the large secondary plant category.

Staff members from the Franklin facility were acknowledged by EPA's New England Office for outstanding work in operating and maintaining the facility in addition to their overall commitment to improving water quality. This regional facility, located in Franklin, services ten communities and is owned and operated by the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services. Franklin's plant is among six facilities in New England honored for exemplary performance in 2005.

The staff - in particular Program Director Richard Flanders, Superintendent Steve Dolloff, Chief Operator Kenneth Noyes, Maintenance Supervisor Craig Shippee, and Industrial Pretreatment Coordinator Chris Hipkiss, along with their respective colleagues - were recognized for their outstanding work in operating and maintaining the facility and their overall commitment to improving water quality.

“The professionals operating this wastewater treatment plant play a crucial role ensuring that our lakes and rivers are protected from unnecessary pollution,” said Robert W. Varney, regional administrator of EPA's New England Office. “The individuals who run this plant, and the municipalities that support them, are key to keeping our environment healthy. I am proud to give them the credit they deserve.”

The EPA Regional Operations & Maintenance Excellence Award was established to recognize the employees of publicly owned wastewater treatment plants for their dedication to improving water quality not only with outstanding operation and maintenance, but also through a combination of continued permit compliance, effective financial management, and on-going operator training. More often than not and particularly with the smaller facilities, conscientious operators and staff continue to perform exceptionally with limited resources.

The staff and facility were recognized on January 25th at the annual New England Water Environment Association Conference in Boston. The Franklin Wastewater Treatment Plant will now have the opportunity to be nominated for a national EPA 2006 National Operation and Maintenance Excellence Award this coming spring.

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