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The South Dakota Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) announces the City of Aberdeen wastewater treatment system is the recipient of the 2018 Operation and Maintenance Wastewater Treatment Award. This award is for outstanding operation of the wastewater system and environmental compliance with its state surface water discharge permit during the past year.
The award was presented during the 2019 South Dakota Water and Wastewater Association Wastewater Operators Seminar held April 10th and 11th at the Clubhouse Hotel & Suites in Pierre.
"Wastewater treatment is vitally important to our quality of life because it removes harmful pollutants that can spread disease and provides safe water for use by all those downstream," said DENR Secretary Steve Pirner. "The winners of DENR's Surface Water Discharge Permit Awards are to be thanked because they collect, treat, and maintain their wastewater treatment systems at the highest levels."
Qualifications for the Operation and Maintenance Wastewater Treatment Award are based on a system's compliance with state environmental requirements, the quality of the treated and discharged wastewater, monitoring reports, state inspections, and proper operation and maintenance of the wastewater treatment facility.