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Polk County Utilities recognized for outstanding water quality


Published on May 5, 2020


Bartow, Fla. (May 5, 2020) — Five Polk County Utilities Wastewater Treatment Facilities (WWTF), and the teams that manage them, were recognized statewide recently for outstanding water quality and service.

This year’s recognition was unusual, in that the Florida Water Environment Association’s annual conference was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The awards were presented in a virtual ceremony conducted through a Zoom meeting on April 28, 2020.

Polk County’s Northeast Regional, Southwest Regional, Sunray, Combee Wood and Waverly WWTFs were recipients of the coveted Earle B. Phelps Award. The Earle B. Phelps Awards, established in 1964, are given annually by the Florida Water Environment Association is to recognize the wastewater treatment facility, which has maintained the highest removal of major pollution causing constituents prior to discharging the treated effluent to the receiving water. 

Members of the Southwest Region team, that also manage Combee Woods, Waverly and Sunray include Todd Potter (Supervisor), Andy Martin, William Altman, Carlos Brito, Doug Lassiter, James Hall and Chris Hoye.  The Northeast Regional team is Nathan Silveira (Interim Supervisor), Todd Tysinger, Richard Moore, Sylvester Render, Alvin Hall, Edward Clark and Brian Osbourne.

In addition, winners will be recognized in the June 2020 issue of Florida Water Resources Journal.