Durham water treatment plant chief honored by EPA
DURHAM - The town's wastewater treatment plant superintendent has been named 2012 Regional EPA Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator of the Year.
Daniel Peterson was nominated for the Environmental Protection Agency's top honor by the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services in acknowledgement of his outstanding work operating and maintaining the Durham wastewater treatment plant.
Durham Administrator Todd Selig said Peterson is a dedicated employee who is well-deserving of the award.
"Dan takes tremendous pride in his work, and along with the entire DPW team at the wastewater treatment plant, keeps the facility running at optimal levels of performance," Selig said.
The treatment plant serves both the town of Durham and the University of New Hampshire.
As many towns in the Great Bay watershed battle with how to reduce nitrogen discharge from their waste water treatment plants, Durham's plant is already discharging at levels below 8 milligrams per liter, a limit other communities will be required to meet in the next five years.
The EPA has recently called for Newmarket and Exeter to cap nitrogen discharge at 3 milligrams per liter in the next 15 years.
Peterson has worked for the town since 2007 and was involved in the upgrade of the facility that brought the nitrogen discharge to the reduced levels.
"Operating a waste water treatment plant is not glamorous business, but it's important business and it's great to see a public employee recognized for his or her good work," Selig said.
Peterson will be formally recognized by the EPA during the annual New England Water Environment Association Awards Luncheon on Jan. 30 in Boston.
To improve the chance of seeing your comment posted here or published in the New Hampshire Union Leader:
- Identify yourself. Accounts using fake or incomplete names are suspended regardless of the quality of posts.
- Say something new, stay on topic, keep it short.
- Links to outside URLs are discouraged, if used they should be on topic.
- Avoid comments in bad taste, write well, avoid using all capital letters
- Don't cite facts about individuals or businesses without providing a means to verify the claim
- If you see an objectionable comment please click the "Report Abuse" button and be sure to tell us why.
Note: Comments are the opinion of the respective poster and not of the publisher.Be the first to comment.