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Martha Lou Wheatley-Billeter, MPA
Public Works Information and Outreach Manager
Office: 509-477-7195

Environmental Services Receives International Award

SPOKANE COUNTY, October 3, 2018 – The Environmental Services Department, which operates the Spokane County Regional Water Reclamation Facility and Water Resource Center, is among thirty-two water utilities internationally recognized for their leadership in community engagement, watershed stewardship, and recovery of resources such as water, energy, and nutrients.
Utility of the Future - Today, was launched in 2016 by four water sector organizations—the National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA), the Water Environment Federation (WEF), the Water Research Foundation (WRF) and WateReuse, with input from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
Environmental Services Director Kevin Cooke and Design Section Manager Gene Repp were presented with the award for "Partnering and Engagement" during the WEFTEC Conference in New Orleans this week.
Cooke said, “I am extremely proud of the exceptional work that is being done at the Spokane County Regional Water Reclamation Facility and Water Resource Center. They enthusiastically join their efforts with colleagues and volunteers from other agencies and schools. From the Spokane River Regional Task Force to the Central Valley School District and the Idaho-Washington Aquifer Collaborative, these partnerships encourage public support for this irreplaceable resource.”
The Utility of the Future concept is being promoted as water systems around the world are transforming operations through innovation and technology. The 32 utilities recognized this year are recovering resources from wastewater, engaging in their community, forming unique partnerships, and building an internal culture of innovation.
"Environmental Services: Keeping your Water Clean and the Environment Green!" www.spokanecounty.org/es

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