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Posted on: October 23, 2018

Gig Harbor Wastewater Treatment Plant Earns Outstanding Performance Award

10-22-18

During last night’s Council Meeting, the City of Gig Harbor Wastewater Treatment Plant team was presented with the 2017 Washington State Department of Ecology Outstanding Performance Award.

The Department of Ecology, (Ecology), evaluates all plants operating in the state and determines award recipients based on several factors that include state pollution limits, monitoring and reporting requirements, pretreatment, and operational demands.


In his comments on receiving the award, Treatment Plant Supervisor Darrell Winans, recognized and introduced his staff and a brief description of their roles. 

“This group of Wastewater Professionals provide amazing operation and service to this community and I am proud of them for making this award happen,” said Winans.


Punctuating the dedication of the team who are “recognized by its peers and regulators as one of the best,” Winans relayed, “525,600 minutes in a year that this team has worked to earn this award, and 5,781,600 minutes in eleven years that we have received this award.” 


The Mayor said, “We are fortunate to have such a skilled group of dedicated operators who are so committed to ensuring the highest quality of service. It is thanks to their efforts that the City has received this recognition.”


Following are the staff and their descriptions that Winans provided: 

Norine Alvarado: 

Senior Operator

    Main focus: Lab QA/QC DOE Lab coordination

    Plant rotation

Jim Landon:

    Senior Operator:

    Main Focus: Plant Process Control/Lab

    Line Cleaning Lead

    Plant rotation

Chuck Roy:

   Operator:

   Main focus: Purchasing and Safety with an extra emphasis on plant process and lab operation.

   Plant rotation

John Ozga:

    Operator:

    Main focus: Biosolids permitting and testing

    Plant rotation

James Wilkinson:

   Operator:

   Main focus: Is resurrecting our floundering grease interceptor inspection program due to not being able to allow ample staff time to keep current.

   Plant rotation

Nancy Nayer:

   Admin Assistant:

   Main focus: Cartegraph Administrator, scheduling of tasks (commonly known as work orders) Charting our lab performance and DMR as well as tutoring us on the use of         Cartegraph. Among many other duty’s

Lawrence Washburn:

   Collections System Tech II:

   Main focus: Lift station repair and maintenance. Keeping the aging stations functioning and keeping up with the technology and operation of the newer stations and Line         cleaning.

Tye Davis:

   WWTP Tech I:

   Davis is the one responsible for keeping the plant looking as good as it does. He is there to back us up on maintenance tasks and provide top watch and support for our          confined space entry. He’s our go to guy when we need a hand.


Earlier this year, the City’s Public Works (including the Wastewater Treatment Plant) project, the Gig Harbor Welcome Plaza and Lift Station received the APWA Washington Project of the Year Award.  


Pictured: (l. to r.) James Wilkinson, John Ozga, Darrell Winans, Jeff Langhelm (Public Works Director), Jim Landon, Norine Alvarado

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