NEWTON, NC (Aug. 7, 2013) – For the 10th consecutive year, the City of Newton Water Treatment Plant received the North Carolina Area Wide Optimization Award for the year 2012.
On Aug. 6, 2013, Environmental Senior Specialist Mark Hahn of the N.C. Division of Water Resources’ Public Water Supply formally presented at the City Council meeting the award to the Newton Water Treatment Plant.
The goal of the AWOP is to reduce the potential for bacteria in the water supply by meeting exceptional treatment criteria and producing water that meets a higher standard. The Newton Water Treatment Plant has met these stringent goals every year since the inception of the AWOP in 2002.
“Additionally, during 2012, staff at the plant have implemented both water and cost saving strategies that have further improved the quality of drinking water for the citizens and customers of Newton’s water,” Hahn said. “It is rare in this industry to see cost savings and improved water quality working together synergistically.”
City of Newton Public Works Director Wilce Martin said, “We are honored to receive this prestigious award for the tenth year in a row. I want to commend the hard-working team at the Water Treatment Plant, who are dedicated to providing our customers with the best quality drinking water possible.”
The City of Newton’s current Water Treatment Plant was put online in October 1988, and has a plant capacity of 8.0 million gallons per day (MGD). Newton’s source of raw water is the Jacob Fork River, which originates in South Mountain State Park.