Central San receives awards for wastewater treatment, deterring flushing of wipes


The Central Contra Costa Sanitary District won awards this month for sewer protection practices and meeting wastewater treatment standards over the past 17 years.

The district -- which serves parts of San Ramon, Danville and Alamo -- was recently recognized for being selected as the winner of the 2015 Dr. Teng-chung Wu Pollution Prevention Award for helping the community avoid flushing disposable wipes. The award, known as the "WuHoo Award," was presented to Central San by the San Francisco Bay Regional Water Quality Control Board on Sept. 9.

Disposable wipes, even those labelled as "flushable," do not break down after being flushed and can cause sewer system overflows, leading to environmental and public health hazards, Central San officials said.

The district was recognized for its "Wipes Clog Pipes!" campaign to educate the public about how flushing disposable wipes creates hazards.

Central San was also awarded the national Platinum-17 Peak Performance Award from the National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA), the district stated in a release.

The award recognizes the district's achievement of getting 100% of its treated wastewater to federal, state and regional water quality standards for the past 17 years before it was discharged into Suisun Bay.

"This award shows we are continuing to meet increasingly stringent water quality standards year after year," general manager Roger Bailey said in the statement. "Our mission is to protect public health and the environment, and our staff works diligently to meet that challenge every day."

Central San was one of eight wastewater treatment facilities to receive this award out of 16,000 agencies nationwide, the release stated.

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