Cary/Apex water treatment facility to receive award

Posted June 17, 2009 5:25 p.m. EDT

— The Cary/Apex Water Treatment Facility has received a national award of excellence for maintaining the Directors Award of recognition from the Partnership for Safe Water.

The facility has maintained the Directors Award for five years, an honor achieved by only 148 water utilities across the country and three in North Carolina. The Fayetteville Public Works Commission and Orange Water and Sewer Authority have also earned the award.

The Directors Award is presented to water systems who have completed a successful review in the Partnership’s Self-Assessment and Peer Review phase, a phase in which utilities examine the capabilities of their treatment plant operation and create a plan for implementing improvements.

Jointly owned by the Towns of Cary and Apex, the plant is capable of producing up to 40 million gallons of drinking water per day to Cary, Apex, Morrisville, Raleigh-Durham International Airport, and the Wake County portion of Research Triangle Park. Each year, the plant pumps an annual average of 16.5 million gallons per day.