The District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority (DC Water) has been recognized by a clean water association for its efforts to improve the Chesapeake Bay. The National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA) presented DC Water with two awards for achievements at the Blue Plains Advanced Wastewater Treatment Plant – the National Environmental Achievement Award and the Platinum Peak Performance Award.

The honors recognize DC Water for the development of innovative technology and compliance with the Environmental Protection Agency’s standards for improving the quality of the Potomac River and Chesapeake Bay.

The Clean Water Act in the 1970s was a critical first step in preserving our nation’s waterways and it paved the way for federal funding, regulation and enforcement,” said DC Water General Manager George S. Hawkins in a press statement.

“That was nearly 40 years ago. Our waterways and the aquatic life they support are still in dire need of protection. DC Water has one of the most advanced research programs in the country and is at the forefront of improving technology for environmental protection.”

NACWA also presented DC Water with the Platinum Peak Performance Award for five consecutive years. The distinction recognizes the company for compliance with additional EPA regulations.