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Keene, N.H. Wastewater Pretreatment Program Recognized for Excellence

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BOSTON – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently recognized the wastewater treatment facility in Keene, New Hampshire for its commitment to improving water quality.

Specifically, the City of Keene's Industrial Pretreatment Program was honored with a "2018 Regional Industrial Pretreatment Program Excellence Award" by EPA's New England office. The pretreatment program staff in Keene, led by Eric Swope, was recognized for exceptional work inspecting, permitting and sampling industrial users that discharge industrial waste into the collection system.

"The professionals operating wastewater treatment plants play a very important role in keeping our communities and environment healthy by protecting water quality," said EPA New England Acting Regional Administrator Deb Szaro. "We are proud to acknowledge this staff's outstanding contributions to help protect public health and water quality and to give them the credit they deserve."


The EPA Regional Wastewater Awards Program recognizes personnel in the wastewater field who have provided invaluable public service managing and operating wastewater treatment facilities throughout New England. The New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services was instrumental in the plant's nomination. The Industrial Pretreatment Program Excellence Award recognizes employees of publicly owned wastewater treatment plants for their commitment to improving water quality through outstanding oversight of its industrial users discharging to the municipal sewer system.

The City of Keene District Industrial Pretreatment Program was presented the Excellence Award at the 20th Annual EPA New England Industrial Pretreatment Program Conference and was also acknowledged at the Annual New England Water Environment Association Conference in Boston.