The Wastewater Collection and Treatment System, City of Forks, was the first in the State of Washington to be designed for biological nitrogen removal. This innovative treatment plant won the Consulting Engineers Council honor award for design in 1988 and national awards from the Environmental Protection Agency as the best operating treatment plant in its class.

The Wastewater Collection and Treatment System, City of Forks, was the first in the State of Washington to be designed for biological nitrogen removal. This innovative treatment plant won the Consulting Engineers Council honor award for design in 1988 and national awards from the Environmental Protection Agency as the best operating treatment plant in its class.

Forks wastewater treatment plant to receive award

Forks Mayor Tim Fletcher was recently notified by the Washington State Department of Ecology that the Forks Wastewater Treatment Plant is receiving the 2017 “Wastewater Treatment Plant Outstanding Performance” award. Of about 300 wastewater treatment plants statewide, Forks is one of 111 that achieved full compliance with its State Waste Discharge permit in 2017.

DOE staff evaluated wastewater treatment plants in Washington for compliance with the effluent limits, monitoring and reporting requirements, spill prevention planning, pretreatment, and overall operational demands.

It takes diligent operators and a strong management team working effectively together, to achieve this high level of compliance.

Heather R. Bartlett, Water Quality Program Manager, said in a letter to the mayor, “It is not easy to operate a wastewater treatment plant 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, without violations. Talented and proficient operators are critical to successful plant operations and protecting the health of Washington’s waters.”

“This is the tenth consecutive year the Forks Wastewater Treatment Plant received this award. Your excellent record is a credit to the dedicated operators who are responsible for running this award-winning plant.”