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SDSU receives operation and maintenance award

Monday, May 20, 2013

The South Dakota Department of Environment and Natural Resources has announced that the South Dakota State University wastewater treatment system is the recipient of the 2012 Operation and Maintenance Wastewater Treatment Award.

The award was presented during the South Dakota Water and Wastewater Association Wastewater Operators Seminar May 1-2 at the Clubhouse Hotel & Suites in Pierre.

SDSU was recognized for outstanding operation of the wastewater system and environmental compliance with its state surface water discharge permit during the past year.

“Wastewater collection and treatment may not be the most glamorous topics to most people, but the men and women who maintain and operate these wastewater systems every day are heroes in the fight to protect human health and the environment,” said Steve Pirner, secretary of the department of environment and natural resources. “We are proud to acknowledge the job they do by presenting these awards.”

Qualifications for the award are based on a system’s compliance with state environmental requirements, the quality of the treated and discharged wastewater, monitoring reports, state inspections, and proper operation and maintenance of the wastewater treatment facility.