Veolia Water Recognized as Best Large Wastewater Plant in Mass.

10/5/09  • Water

LYNN, Mass. - Oct. 5, 2009 – The Massachusetts Water Pollution Control Association (MWPCA) recognized the Lynn Water & Sewer Commission's Regional Wastewater Treatment Facility as the best large wastewater plant in Massachusetts, presenting the facility with an Outstanding Plant Performance Award at their Fall Trade Show.

Al Waitt, Project Manager for Veolia Water (the facility operator), along with Robert Tina, Director of Operations for the Lynn Water & Sewer Commission, accepted the award at the MWPCA annual awards luncheon on Sept. 30. The award was based on consistent outstanding plant efficiency in the removal of total suspended solids, biochemical oxygen demand and fecal coliform from the community's wastewater.

"The Lynn Regional Wastewater Treatment Facility was the only plant in the more than 10 million gallons per day category in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to receive this honor," said Valerie Flaherty, awards chairwoman, MWPCA. "The MWPCA shares the Lynn Water & Sewer Commission's pride in the effective performance of this vital public service."

Since 1985, Veolia Water North America has operated, managed and maintained the Lynn Regional Wastewater Treatment Facility, serving a population of more than 85,000. Veolia Water has implemented several unique processes at the facility, including a pressure swing absorption process. A fluidized bed incinerator is used for sludge disposal in an on-site ash landfill. The plant also has a second permitted outfall for use during extreme wet weather events.

"I am honored to accept this award from the MWPCA on behalf of the dedicated staff that operate and maintain the facility on a day-to-day basis as it acknowledges our dedication to superior performance and safety and our goal to have 100 percent environmental compliance within our facility," said Al Waitt, project manager, Lynn Regional Wastewater Treatment Facility, Veolia Water North America.

All municipal wastewater treatment plants in Massachusetts are eligible for the MWPCA Outstanding Plant Performance Awards. The association presents awards in three categories based on plant design size and exhibition of excellent plant performance.

The Massachusetts Water Pollution Control Association is a non-profit organization established in 1965 by wastewater treatment plant operators. The Association was formed to make available education and training, and to promote the exchange of information among its members so they can be made more knowledgeable and effective in providing excellent water quality throughout Massachusetts.

Veolia Water North America is the leading provider of comprehensive water and wastewater partnership services to municipal and industrial customers in approximately 650 communities. Veolia Water, the water division of Veolia Environnement, is the world leader in water and wastewater services. Specialized in outsourcing services for municipal authorities, as well as industrial and service companies, it is also one of the world's major designers of technological solutions and constructor of facilities needed in water and wastewater services. With 93,400 employees worldwide, Veolia Water provides water service to 80 million people and wastewater service to 59 million.

Veolia Environnement (NYSE: VE and Paris Euronext: VIE) is the worldwide reference in environmental services. With more than 336,000 employees, the company has operations around the world and provides tailored solutions to meet the needs of municipal and industrial customers in four complementary segments: water management, waste management, energy management, and freight and passenger transportation. Veolia Environnement recorded annual revenues of $50 billion in 2008. Visit the company's Web sites at and

Matt Demo
Veolia North America
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