City Wastewater Management Recognized As Best In Nation
FRESNO, CA (September 11, 2006) – The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has selected the Wastewater Management Division of the City of Fresno Department of Public Utilities (DPU) as the 2006 U.S. EPA Pretreatment Program Excellence Award - Best in Nation for Wastewater Treatment Facilities.

The award recognizes the Wastewater Management Division’s pretreatment program that works to prevent the introduction of pollutants from the City’s commercial and industrial sewer customers.

Pretreatment plays an important role in the health and safety of water reclamation. Limiting such things as heavy metals and other toxic materials allows for the beneficial use of biosolids and the reclamation of treated water. Pretreatment also protects the quality of our groundwater, therefore protecting our environment.

Mayor Alan Autry stated, “This is great news for our City, we have some talented staff doing exceptional things, in a variety of departments, all for the benefit of the community. This is just another example of giving people the best everyday.”

The EPA is expected to present the award to the City at the annual WEFTEC Conference in October. The EPA Region IX Director is expected to make a formal presentation before the City Council sometime in November.

For more information on the Best in Nation Award, contact Steve Hogg, City of Fresno Wastewater Manager at (559) 621-5110.

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