Bay County's utilities have been recognized as the best in the state. Both the water treatment plant and wastewater treatment plant were named major award winners during the 2013 Florida Water resources Conference in Orlando.
The water treatment plant on Transmitter Road won the American Water Works Association award for "Class A" facilities – those with daily volume exceeding five million gallons. The plant won water quality awards from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection in 2011 and 2012.
"Our employees and the staff here in the water division have done an excellent job of bringing this water treatment facility and distribution system up to a level of professionalism and operation that has been acknowledged not only by the state regulatory agency but now by our peers," said Paul Lackemacher, Utility Services Director.
The wastewater plant, located on Tyndall Air Force Base, received the Earle B. Phelps Award from the Florida Water Environment Association. It recognizes the facility which has maintained the highest removal of major pollution causing elements prior to discharging the treated water.