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Statesville Water Treatment Plant Receives Prestigious Award
Posted on 10/18/2022
The Statesville Water Treatment Plant was recognized at the October 17, 2022 City Council meeting for achieving the N.C. Area Wide Optimization Award by the N.C. Division of Water Resources for the fourth consecutive year.

Mayor Costi Kutteh presented the award to Harry Hull, Water Treatment Plant Supervisor. Hull thanked City Council for the recognition and for approving the budget necessary to keep the plant operating at this level. He added that 2021 was a rough year and this award would not have been possible without his team and their dedication. The Water Treatment Plant performed 20% better in 2021 than the previous year, and great results are expected for 2022 as well.

The prestigious award was presented to 66 water treatment plants in North Carolina for surpassing federal and state drinking water standards in 2021 and is part of a state effort to enhance the performance of existing surface water treatment facilities. Each year the awards are given to water systems that demonstrate outstanding turbidity removal, which is 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. All drinking water systems must meet strict state and federal drinking water standards, but these systems met performance goals that are significantly more stringent than state and federal standards.