ABINGDON, Va. –
For the tenth consecutive year, WCSA has been awarded a gold award by the Virginia Department of Health (VDH), the highest possible ranking in operations and performance excellence for water utilities.
WCSA received a 2019 Excellence in Waterworks/Operations Performance Award following a 12-month analysis of data by the VDH Office of Drinking Water.
Each year, through Virginia’s Optimization Program, the VDH recognizes drinking water plants that perform above and beyond minimum standards by optimizing and running their treatment process efficiently and effectively. The primary purpose of the program is to reduce risks to public health associated with drinking water.
“We are tremendously honored to have received this top-level performance score for a full decade,” says Robbie Cornett, general manager of WCSA. “This award demonstrates WCSA’s long-standing commitment to providing safe, potable water for our customers that meets or exceeds the standards set forth by the VDH.”
Of the 124 conventional surface water treatment plants evaluated by the VDH during 2019, WCSA was among 39 that received a gold award, while 44 received either silver or bronze awards.
“WCSA has the largest permitted capacity and serves the largest number of service connections in the Mount Rogers Planning District,” says Eric R. Herold, PE, VDH district engineer for the Mount Rogers Planning District. “WCSA has consistently been a top performer in the Virginia Optimization Program and was one of 26 plants in Virginia to receive a perfect score for 2019.”
The mission of Virginia’s Optimization Program is “to encourage waterworks to provide water with a quality that exceeds minimum regulatory standards (i.e., as perfect as possible) and to operate water systems in an exemplary manner (i.e., as effective and functional as possible).”