DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. — The DeKalb County Department of Watershed Management was recently recognized with a top for wastewater collection system operations award from a statewide professional organization. 

DeKalb was awarded the 2019 Collection Systems Gold Award at the Georgia Association of Water Professionals (GAWP) Fall Conference for operating the wastewater system in an outstanding manner. 

“After many years of mismanagement and dysfunction, this award is evidence that the DeKalb County Watershed Management Department has made verifiable progress and improvement,” DeKalb County CEO Michael Thurmond said. “DeKalb has prioritized enhancing customer service, properly treating wastewater to protect the environment and ensuring the viability and integrity of the system.” 

GAWP is Georgia’s largest professional water and wastewater organization. The GAWP award recognizes utilities that strive to continually improve their systems through proper management, maintenance and operation. The award criteria follow the practices set forth in the DeKalb County Capacity, Management, Operation and Maintenance program, which includes preventative maintenance, system evaluation, rehabilitation programs and training.

DeKalb County annually processes, treats and releases 12 billion gallons of clean water into the South River through two wastewater treatment plants, Snapfinger and Pole Bridge. The plants have also been recognized by GAWP for 100 percent compliance with pollutant removal levels set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Georgia Environmental Protection Division. 

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