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Facility honored for water quality
County plant managed by Jordan, Jones & Goulding
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Forsyth County News
A wastewater treatment plant in Forsyth County is one of six facilities in the Southeast and 24 nationally to receive the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s 2008 Regional Clean Water Act Recognition Award.

Forsyth County purchased the Manor Water Reclamation Facility in 2006. It has a contract with Jordan, Jones & Goulding of Norcross for operations and maintenance of the facility.

“The county would like to recognize [them] for their dedication and hard work in obtaining this award, as it was through their preparation and management that this was received,” said Tim Perkins, the county’s water and sewer director.

The facility was recognized for its compliance record, effective automation system, proactive equipment maintenance and commitment to protecting the environment and the community.

Manor has maintained 100-percent permit compliance and has met self-imposed process limits to produce quality waste water that is used to irrigate an on-site, 18-hole golf course and some nearby residential lawns.

The facility has also increased energy savings and made other process improvements that have resulted in better bacteriological control, fewer mechanical problems and improved plant safety.

Jimmy Palmer, the Environmental Protection Agency’s Region 4 administrator, said it’s “proud to recognize the municipalities that go far beyond the minimum requirements needed to meet the Clean Water Act.”

The Region 4 division covers the Southeastern United States.

According to the agency’s Web site, the Clean Water Act is “the cornerstone of surface water quality protection in the United States ... it employs a variety of tools to sharply reduce direct pollutant discharges into waterways, finance municipal wastewater treatment facilities and manage polluted runoff.”

Perkins said the county is honored to receive the regional award.

“Forsyth County takes a tremendous amount of pride in providing safe and reliable water and sewer services to our customers,” Perkins said.

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