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DEM Congratulates Statewide Wastewater Professionals for Award-winning Performance

PROVIDENCE –The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management congratulates the Rhode Island wastewater professionals that received state and regional awards at the annual Narragansett Water Pollution Control Association (NWPCA) Awards Banquet, held on Thursday, May 16th.

"DEM enjoys a good working relationship with NWPCA and we are delighted to add our thanks and appreciation for the hard work and dedication of so many in the wastewater collection and treatment professions," said DEM Director Janet Coit. "These men and women—and their many colleagues—are responsible for maintaining public health and the health of our bays and rivers, all of which are critical to a healthy economy."

Receiving statewide awards for their 2012 performance were:

· The Town of Jamestown (Most efficient small secondary-treatment facility) · Town of Warren (Most efficient medium secondary-treatment facility) · Narragansett Bay Commission Field's Point WWTF (Most efficient large secondary-treatment facility) · Town of East Greenwich (Most efficient small advanced-treatment facility) · City of Woonsocket (Most efficient large advanced-treatment facility) · Town of West Warwick (A. Joseph Mattera Safety Award) · Warwick Sewer Authority's Scott Goodinson (James Marvelle operator award) · Veolia Water/City of Cranston's Alan Linsky (Collections System Operator of the Year award) · Town of South Kingstown's Walter Timpson (Robert J. Markelewicz operator award)

Receiving regional awards from the New England Water Environment Association were:

· Peter Trombetti of the Narragansett Bay Commission (Alfred E. Peloqin Award) · Thomas Ciolfi of United Water/Narragansett Bay Commission (Operator of the Year Award) · Paul Nordstrom of the Narragansett Bay Commission (E. Sherman Chase Award) · BettyAnne Rossi of the Warwick Sewer Authority (Crystal Crucible Award)

Also recognized was Anthony Simeone, the outgoing director of the Clean Water Finance Agency.

Every day in Rhode Island, some 100 million gallons of human, commercial, and industrial sewage is collected and treated to increasingly stringent standards before being discharged back into nature. Roughly 275 men and women operate and maintain nineteen wastewater treatment facilities throughout Rhode Island, as well as thousands of miles of sewer lines and hundreds of sewer pumping stations.

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Department or agency: Department of Environmental Management

Online: http://www.dem.ri.gov/

Release date: 05-17-2013

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