WWTP Operations and Maintenance Excellence Award

2018 Eastern Recipient: Town of Williamston

Wastewater Treatment Plant


 2018 Central Recipient: City of High Point, Westside Wastewater Treatment Plant

2018 Western Recipient: Killain Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant

2018 Eastern Recipient: Town of Williamston Wastewater Treatment Plant


 The Staff at this treatment plant have accomplished an enviable compliance history by maximizing the use of limited resources.  The plant has been fully compliant with all permit requirements for an impressive twelve years.  The staff has also found time to work on reducing utility costs.  By installing variable frequency drives on the influent, effluent and return activated sludge pumps, utility costs have been lowered by nearly 15% annually. 


The staff participate in the local school system’s internship program and are proud to have hosted four interns thus far, all of which have gone on to begin their college educations. 



2018 Central Region Recipient: City of High Point, Westside Wastewater Treatment Plant


 The Westside Wastewater Treatment Plant is currently undergoing an upgrade to add biological nutrient removal, with an additional final clarifier.  Staff includes ten operators and a plant superintendent, all of whom are committed to reducing the nitrogen and phosphorus discharge from the plant.  Staff are encouraged to attain the highest level of certifications possible, with all operators required to obtain at least the Grade II Biological Operator certificate and the NC AWWA-WEA Maintenance Technologist Certification. 


High Point focuses on education and outreach, hosting and sponsoring the local Public Services Day as well as providing plant tours and presentations to the public.  An apprentice program has been developed to provide potential applicants the experience and opportunity to apply for full time positions as they become available.


2018 Western Recipient: Killian Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant


 With a staff of only five, the team at Killian Creek WWTP has kept up with enormous residential growth and excelled despite the increased flow and organizational changes.  The plant’s small team and unique SBR design can efficiently handle greater flow with a smaller footprint.  In addition to the greater demands placed on the plant, the team has also had to contend with organizational changes.  Despite these changes occurring in a short period of time, the new team members didn’t miss a beat.  


The Professional Wastewater Operators (PWO) Committee is an outreach committee that fosters networking and professionalism for our state’s 3,000+ wastewater operators and other plant personnel, who are on the front lines of protecting our water environment.

To assist in these efforts, the committee shall annually recognize a plant in each region of our state with the Wastewater Treatment Plant Operation & Maintenance Excellence Award. It will be awarded to the most outstanding plant operation and maintenance (O&M) efforts, according to the best use of the resources available to that facility. An award may be given by each of the Professional Wastewater Operators Committee Regions (West, Central, and East). A plaque for each selected plant will be presented at the Association’s Annual Conference at an appropriate time and place in the program.

The award will honor the wastewater plant personnel that serve their community with a high level of professionalism and diligent work in the operation and maintenance of their wastewater treatment facility. The recipient’s plant staff make the most of their available resources, no matter how great or small.

The award committee will consist of at least four (but no more than eight) active members of each region’s Professional Wastewater Operators Committee. The region’s chairperson will select the award committee members and also serve as the award committee’s chair.

Each regional award committee will nominate up to four plants during October or November for the award during the following year. The award committee will select the nominees from completed nomination forms and their general knowledge of O&M at plants in their region. Nominated plants will host a regional Professional Wastewater Operators Committee meeting so the award committee may visit the plant.

Past Recipients

East Region

2017 City of Rocky Mount, Tar River Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant 

2016 Greenville Utilities Commissions Wastewater Treatment Plant

2015 Cape Fear Public Utility Authority - M'Kean Maffitt (Southside) WWTP 

2014 City of WIlson WWTP

2013 Town of Elizabethtown WWTP
2012 City of Goldsboro WRF
2011 Kinston Regional WRF
2010 Cape Fear Public Utility Authority, James A. Loughlin (Northside) WWTP
2009 City of Raeford WWTP
2008 Mt. Olive Pickle

Central Region

2017 The City of Winston-Salem, Archie Elledge Wastewater Treatment Plant

2016 Town of Apex Water Reclamation Facility

2015 Orange Water & Sewer Authority - Mason Farm WWTP 

2014 North Durham WWTP

2013 City of Mebane WWTP
2012 North Cary WRF
2011 High Point Eastside WWTP
2010 City of Asheboro
2009 Town of Hillsborough WWTP
2008 City of Oxford

West Region

2017 City of Brevard, Wastewater Treatment Plant

2016 Water & Sewer Authority of Cabarrus County, Rocky River

2015 MSD Buncombe County - French Broad River WRF 

2014 City of Cherryville WWTP

2013 City of Shelby, First Broad River WWTP
2012 Jimmy Smith WWTP (Boone, NC)
2011 City of Hendersonville WWTP
2010 Town of Newton
2009 City of Gastonia Crowders Creek WWTP
2008 CMUD McDowell Creek

Membership Software Powered by YourMembership  ::  Legal