Gatlinburg treatment facility receives 2009 operational awards

03/9/09  • Water

MARCH 9, 2009 – The City of Gatlinburg and wastewater operations partner Veolia Water North America have once again been recognized for outstanding operations as the Kentucky-Tennessee Water Environment Association has for the second consecutive year been honored with the Operational Excellence Award for the Gatlinburg Wastewater Treatment Plant.

The award was presented at the 2008 Water Professional's Conference in Knoxville, Tennessee. Martin Cross, Senior Project Manager for Veolia Water North America, John Eslinger, Gatlinburg Plant Manager for Veolia Water North America, and Dale Phelps, Gatlinburg Utilities Manager, were present to accept the award.

"The City of Gatlinburg, along with our contract partner Veolia Water North America, is very pleased to once again be recognized with this award," said Phelps.

The award, which recognizes the "dedication, resolve and outstanding effort of the facility," is presented to wastewater treatment facilities which have achieved excellence in permit compliance by meeting very stringent treatment requirements for the 2007 calendar year.

In addition, the Gatlinburg Wastewater Treatment Plant has been named the 2008 Outstanding Wastewater Treatment Plant of the Year by the Tennessee Water & Wastewater Association. Officially called the William Hunter Owen Award, one wastewater treatment plant each year in the state is selected by the members of the Tennessee Water & Wastewater Association for this honor.

Criteria considered for the TWWA award include the overall facilities operation in addition to the environmental and safety compliance performance. Gatlinburg plant management and operations personnel successfully executed near flawless operation during a 2007-08 on-site facility construction project that resulted in increased efficiency in treatment operations and significant cost savings. Consisting of Certified Plant Operator professionals across the state, the Tennessee Water & Wastewater Association promotes the science and practice of water and wastewater treatment.

Owned by the City of Gatlinburg and operated by contract with Veolia Water North America, the wastewater treatment plant is located on Banner Road at Hwy. 441 South. The facility was constructed in 1979 and is designed to treat an average of 3 million gallons of wastewater each day. The City of Gatlinburg began a contractual partnership with Veolia Water North America (then Professional Services Group) in July of 1994. Veolia Water provides daily operations, maintenance and management of the wastewater treatment plant and fifteen lift station facilities. Veolia Water North America is the single largest provider of water and wastewater services to municipal government and industrial clients.