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Water Plant Earns Gold Award For Excellence

Halifax County Service Authority’s (HCSA) Leigh Street Water Treatment Plant is one of 80 of Virginia’s water treatment plants recently recognized for excellence in their filtration and treatment processes, and for their everyday operations. The Virginia Department of Health‘s 2009 Excellence in Granular Media Water Treatment Plant Performance Awards were presented to 79 of the 131 treatment plants in the state that use “granular media gravity flow filters” to clean public water supplies. Granular media filters use sand and/or anthracite, garnet, activated carbon or other media to filter impurities from drinking water.

“These awards recognize those treatment plants that produce water that is at least three times cleaner than required by the U.S. Environmental
Protection Agency, and those plants that demonstrate excellence in their day-to-day operations,” explained Dr. Wesley Kleene, director, Office of Drinking Water, Virginia Department of Health.

The awards are given according to three levels of performance:

• Bronze award recipients meet or exceed a minimum standard for filtration, at every filter during each month through the year. The filtered water is tested every 15 minutes.

• Silver award recipients meet or exceed the filtration standard, plus a standard for either water clarity or the filter backwash - or cleaning - process.

• Gold award recipients meet or exceed minimum standards for filtration, clarity, and the filter backwash process.

HCSA’s Leigh Street plant earned a gold award and was the only water treatment plant out of 27 in the Danville Field Office to receive the highest award of recognition.

“I’ve worked at a lot of water treatment plants across the country, and there’s only a small percentage who could take the quality of water that’s in the Dan River and do the excellent job these guys do. They stay on top of things,” said HCSA Executive Director Willie Jones.

Other award-earning facilities in the Danville Field Office include:

• SILVER (5): Campbell County Utilities and Service Authority, Henry County Public Service Authority - Upper Smith River, Town of Farmville, Town of Kenbridge, Town of Victoria

• BRONZE (7): Amherst County Service Authority, City of Lynchburg – Abert, City of Lynchburg – College Hill, Town of Amherst, Town of Clarksville, Town of Chatham, Town of Stuart