NEWTON, NC (JUNE 25, 2014) – For the 12th consecutive year, the City of Newton Water Treatment Plant received the North Carolina Area Wide Optimization Award for the 2013 calendar year. The annual award from the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources recognizes water systems that demonstrate outstanding turbidity removal, a key test of drinking water quality.
City of Newton Public Works Director Wilce Martin said, “We are honored to receive this prestigious award for the 12th 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 goal of the N.C. Area Wide Optimization Program is to provide the best quality water to the citizens of North Carolina by enhancing the existing infrastructure with minimal cost to the utility. The Newton Water Treatment Plant has met these stringent goals every year since the inception of the AWOP in 2002. NCDENR awarded 38 utilities with the AWOP award for 2013.
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. Click here to learn more about the City’s water plant.