November 2, 2020 - A successful year of treating nearly 20.9 billion gallons of sewage in 2019, with zero violations, brings national attention to City Utilities. The National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA) presented Fort Wayne City Utilities with the Gold Peak Performance Award. This annual award goes to honorees who have achieved excellence in operational performance and permit compliance.
“Our public utility members are the backbone of the communities they serve, providing safe, reliable access to clean water services day-in and day-out,” Adam Krantz, Chief Executive Officer of NACWA. “Peak performance winners represent the top performers in the whole country and go above and beyond in their mission to protect public health and the environment.”
The award goes to City Utilities’ P.L. Brunner Water Pollution Control Plant for having no violations of its National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit limits in 2019. On average, the Water Pollution Control Plant treats more than 57 million gallons of sewage each day. The plant met permit requirements on all of the 2,609 tests it was mandated to submit.
“The plant is fully operational 24/7 and during peak periods treats 100 million gallons of sewage per day. Our entire team, from maintenance to pretreatment to our labs, is essential to our success and achievement of receiving the Gold Peak Performance Award,” said Plant Superintendent Brian Robinson.
Sewage treatment plants and many other facilities such as industries that discharge treated wastewater to a river, lake, or stream have NPDES permits issued by the US Environmental Protection Agency or the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM). The permits specify the various compounds found in treated wastewater that the facility may discharge without degrading water quality in the stream that receives the effluent.