U.S. Rep. Joseph Courtney is touring Vernon's water pollution control facility on Friday to recognize its impact on the town.
Courtney will present the staff with a Congressional Record Statement honoring the plant for winning the 2010 Waste Water Utility of the Year Award from the New England Water Environment Association.
The award recognizes the plant for outstanding performance, maintenance and management based on an 18 point criteria review. The Vernon facility, an operationally sophisticated wastewater treatment plant, had positive ratings on all points including progress on short and long term strategic goals, demonstrated operational and performance excellence, customer satisfaction, budget control and employee retention.
The Vernon facility was cited as an "excellent example of an award winning wastewater utility," according to the Courtney.
The NEWEA Wastewater Utility Award serves to acknowledge the outstanding performance of a wastewater division in the New England area.
The Vernon Water Pollution Control Facility is designed to treat an average of 7.1 million gallons of wastewater per day and serves the Town of Vernon as well as Tolland, Ellington, and portions of Manchester and South Windsor.
The success of the plant operation is due to the dedication and professionalism of the entire staff of operators, mechanics, laboratory technicians and administrative support who are committed to protecting our waterways by providing clean water back to our environment.
The plant also serves Courtney, a Democrat representing the 2nd Congressional District and a Vernon resident. The plant is located at 100 Windsorville Rd.