NEWTON, N.C. – The Newton Water Treatment Plant has been honored for the 13th consecutive year with a prestigious award for surpassing federal and state drinking water standards.
The Area-Wide Optimization Program Award was accepted by Newton Public Works and Utilities Director Dusty Wentz and his staff at the Newton City Council meeting on Tuesday, June 7. Newton was one of only four water treatment facilities in the state recognized for receiving the award for 10 or more consecutive years. There are 152 water treatment facilities in North Carolina.
“It’s quite an honor to receive this award for 13 consecutive years,” said Newton Mayor Anne P. Stedman. “Newton’s residents and businesses can rest assured that city staff works around the clock to make sure their water is the highest quality possible.”
Designed by the Environmental Protection Agency, the Area-Wide Optimization Program enhances public health protection by encouraging superior performance and operations at water treatment facilities across the country. Facilities that adopt the program aim to reach sustainable water quality standards far more stringent than those required by government regulators.
“It’s impossible to quantify how skilled our Water Treatment Plant staff has to be in order to win this award every year,” Wentz said. “I’m proud of the staff and appreciate their hard work.”
Newton Water Treatment Plant Superintendent Garrett Gilbert said the plant’s ongoing success is largely due to the experience of his staff and their dedication to providing high-quality water to the city.
“I’d like to thank the staff here at the plant for working to bring home this award,” Gilbert said. “I give credit to the staff for their hard work and to city council for providing funds to keep our plant running at such high standards.”
The Newton Water Treatment Plant opened in 1988. The plant has a plant capacity of 8 million gallons per day. Newton’s source of raw water is the Jacob Fork River, which originates in South Mountain State Park.