Jennifer Tabakin, Town Manager
334 Main St.
Great Barrington, MA 01230
For Immediate Release
Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017
Contact: John Guilfoil
Email: [email protected]
Great Barrington Receives Regional EPA Wastewater Award
GREAT BARRINGTON — Selectboard Chairman Sean Stanton and Town Manager Jennifer Tabakin are pleased to announce that the Town of Great Barrington Wastewater Treatment Facility has been selected as a 2016 Regional Wastewater Treatment Operation and Maintenance Excellence Award recipient by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
The EPA Regional Wastewater Treatment Operation and Maintenance Excellence Award is given out annually and was established to recognize and honor publicly owned wastewater treatment plants for their commitment to improving water quality with outstanding plant operations and maintenance.
This is the first time Great Barrington has been recognized. The award will be given out at the annual New England Water Environment Association Awards Luncheon on Wednesday, Jan. 25 at the Boston Marriott Hotel at Copley Place. Timothy Drumm, Superintendent of the Wastewater Treatment Facility will attend.
“We’re extremely excited and honored to have our Wastewater Treatment Facility recognized,” Town Manager Tabakin said. “I want to commend Tim and his staff for the outstanding work they do for this town and our residents. This is a well deserved award.”
Great Barrington’s facility, which maintains 35 miles of sewer line and six pumping stations throughout Great Barrington and Housatonic, was recognized for its exceptional organization and exemplary maintenance program.
In particular, the Wastewater Treatment Facility removes between 95 to 96 percent of all solids and biochemical oxygen demand (BOD) from the water before it is returned to the Housatonic River. State regulation only requires 85 percent removal of solids and BOD.
Additionally, the Wastewater Treatment Facility operates strictly off a sewer enterprise fund, meaning the system is funded by the residents who utilize it. There is no tax burden on community members and Great Barrington’s sewer rates are below state average.
Residents who would like to learn more about the Wastewater Treatment Facility are encouraged to set up a tour to see the inner workings of how water is filtered and cleaned.
“This is a great opportunity for the community, especially those who are on our sewer system, to see how the facility operates,” Superintendent Drumm said. “Once you take this tour, you’ll see what the water looks like when it comes in, and how it changes when it goes back out. You’ll have an entirely different perspective on the process.”