Newton Wins Water Quality Award

NEWTON, NC (June 5, 2016)— The Newton Water Treatment Plant has been honored for the 16th consecutive year with a prestigious award for surpassing federal and state drinking water standards.
AWOP Award
The N.C. Area Wide Optimization Award was accepted by Newton Public Works and Utilities Director Dusty Wentz and his staff at the Newton City Council meeting on June 5. Newton was one of only six water treatment facilities in the state recognized with the Gold Star Honor for receiving the award for 10 or more consecutive years. There are more than 150 water treatment facilities in North Carolina.

“Newton’s residents and businesses are fortunate to have such skilled staff at our Water Treatment Plant,” Newton Mayor Anne P. Jordan said. “These men and women work every day and night to deliver the highest quality water possible. Consistently producing water that exceeds state and federal standards allows us to pursue beneficial economic development opportunities and allows our residents to know that when they pour a glass of water, it is safe and healthy.”

Designed by the Environmental Protection Agency, the Area Wide Optimization Program enhances public health protection by encouraging superior performance and operations at water treatment facilities across the country. Facilities that adopt the program aim to reach sustainable water quality standards far more stringent than those required by government regulators.

Awards are given each year to water systems that demonstrate outstanding turbidity removal, a key test of drinking water quality. Turbidity is a measure of the cloudiness or haziness of water caused by individual particles that can interfere with disinfection and provide a medium for microbial growth. Microbes are microscopic particles that occur naturally but can include harmful bacteria and viruses.

While all drinking water systems must meet strict state and federal drinking water standards, systems receiving the award met performance goals that are significantly more stringent.

“The credit for this award goes to our Water Treatment Plant staff,” Wentz said. “They are dedicated to delivering some of the best water in the state to Newton’s water customers, and they constantly work on improving their skills.”

“This award shows that our Water Treatment Plant staff truly care about what they do and have the skills to do it well,” Newton Water Treatment Plant Superintendent Brian Wilson said. “We continue to be able to provide increasing amounts of water to our customers while maintaining the highest standards of water quality, and I’d like to thank our staff for making that possible.”

The Newton Water Treatment Plant opened in 1988. The plant has a capacity of 8 million gallons per day. Newton’s source of raw water is the Jacob Fork River, which originates in South Mountain State Park.