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  • RWRD receives first Utility of the Future Today Award

    Aug 04, 2016 | Read More News
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    RWRD labPima County’s Regional Wastewater Reclamation Department (RWRD) will receive the first Utility of the Future Today Award in honor of its exceptional performance, efficient operations, and its commitment to water quality innovation during an awards ceremony at the Water Environment Federation’s Annual Technical Exhibition and Conference in New Orleans this September. 

    The award comes from the Utility of the Future Today Recognition Program launched earlier this year by a partnership of water sector organizations that includes the National Association of Clean Water Agencies, the Water Environment Federation, the Water Environment Research Foundation, and WateReuse, with support from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The program celebrates the advancements made by progressive wastewater industries nationwide to provide sustainable, efficient, and innovative ideas to improve water quality.

    “We’re honored to receive this award and proud to see our RWRD facilities in the forefront of this industry,” said Jackson Jenkins, RWRD director. “We’re constantly seeking opportunities for innovation and technology advancements across the clean water chain to lead our industry forward in creating greater demand for reuse, biosolids, and nutrient recovery.”

    As the second largest wastewater utility in Arizona, RWRD has contributed significantly to establishing Southern Arizona as a global leader in environmental technology, research innovation, with a constant emphasis on water quality. This started with the upgrade of its two largest treatment facilities in 2014 and continues through the creation of the Southwest Water Campus, a central hub for research and innovation related to water sector advancements. 

    The Water Campus was created through public-private partnerships among Pima County and seven area sectors who use the facility for water quality innovation. The Campus houses RWRD’s state-of-the-art regulatory compliance laboratory, employee development and training labs, industrial pretreatment programs, permitting and compliance functions, data management, and research and development laboratories. 

    The Water Campus is key to RWRD’s water reuse efforts, which currently provide turf irrigation needs to golf courses, community parks, schools and recharge the aquifer. Its laboratory currently performs over 48,000 annual analyses to ensure water reuse quality, achieving the highest designated water quality, Class A+. 

    “At RWRD we prepare for tomorrow, today. In addition to serving the wastewater needs of our community on a daily basis, we’re also working toward developing a solution to address any water shortage challenges we may face in the future,” Jenkins said. 

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