SIOUX FALLS, SD (KELO-AM) The South Dakota Department of Environment & Natural Resources (DENR) announced the City of Sioux Falls’ wastewater treatment system is the recipient of the 2013 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 2014 South Dakota Water and Wastewater Association Wastewater Operators Seminar held April 30–May 1, 2014, at the Clubhouse Hotel & Suites in Pierre.
“Wastewater treatment systems are essential services that we all use every day, but are taken for granted unless there is a malfunction,” said DENR Secretary Steve Pirner. “These award winners are the certified wastewater operation specialists who went the extra mile last year to ensure there were no malfunctions.”
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.