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Service Authority Plant Wins Award for Perfect Compliance

Mooney Employees

The Prince William County Service Authority’s H.L. Mooney Advanced Water Reclamation Facility in Woodbridge recently won a third consecutive Platinum Peak Performance Award from the National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA).

The wastewater treatment plant first earned this prestigious honor in 2014 after achieving 100 percent regulatory compliance for five straight years. The Service Authority will be recognized at NACWA’s Utility Leadership Conference on July 11 in Denver.

“I am extremely proud of the work our staff has done to achieve regulatory compliance for the last seven years,” said Service Authority General Manager Dean Dickey. “Their dedication and commitment to excellence is helping to improve the quality of our environment, including the Potomac River and Chesapeake Bay. I would like to congratulate them on a job well done.”

Recent water quality modeling experts have determined that the Chesapeake Bay has experienced up to a four percent drop in nutrient and sediment loads due to, among other factors, a reduction of nitrogen and phosphorus output from wastewater treatment plants located in the watershed. Excessive nitrogen and phosphorus can fuel the growth of algae, which can lead to low oxygen “dead zones” in the Chesapeake Bay.