Every year the Inland Empire subsection of the American Water Works Association holds a competition for the utility’s best tasting water. Utilities in the Inland Empire subsection include the counties of Lincoln, Ferry, Spokane, Pend Oreille and Stevens County in Washington, and Boundary, Bonner, Kootenai, Benewah and Shoshone County in Idaho. Liberty Lake Sewer and Water District is the recipient of the 2020 Best Tasting Water Award and is proud to have won this award three times in 2015, 2017 and 2020.
2020 Operator “Muddy Boots Award”
The Inland Empire subsection of the American Water Works Association’s most coveted award is the Muddy Boots Award. This award recognizes that special hard working operator in the Inland Empire that goes above and beyond his/her regular call of duties in the field of water operations. This year, the Liberty Lake Sewer and Water District’s Chief Operator Mike “Andre” West was the recipient of this coveted award. He is recognized by the subsection and his peers for his dedication and exemplary service to the Liberty Lake community.
2019 Outstanding WWTP Award
There are more than 300 wastewater treatment plants in Washington State. Nearly a third of Washington’s treatment systems earn the top-performing status each year, meaning they meet all state pollution limits, monitoring and reporting requirements, spill prevention planning, pretreatment, and operation demands outlined in their permits. In 2019, 125 facilities were recognized for their top performance. The Liberty Lake Sewer and Water District’s Water Reclamation Facility was one of the recipients for Washington State Department of Ecology’s Outstanding Wastewater Treatment Plant award for 2019. This is the 9th time that the District has received the award; 1997, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2015, 2017, 2018 and 2019. This is a result of the outstanding work of Water Reclamation Facility Chief Operator Dan Grogg, Facility Operators Darrell Gamble and Greg Sattler, and Wastewater Collection System Operators Mike West, Derek Nesbitt, and Cody Riggs.
“Wastewater treatment plant operators are some of our unsung heroes. They work hard to protect water quality every hour of every day. I’m proud to recognize these outstanding operators and their facilities.” – Vince McGowan, Ecology Water Quality Program Manager.
These three recent awards are a testament to the public service and dedication our water, sewer, and water reclamation facility staff put in around the clock to assure pure drinking water and effectively treated wastewater.