Concord, NH – The Franklin Wastewater Treatment Facility was recently awarded an Operations and Maintenance (O&M) Excellence Award at a recent meeting of the New England Water Environment Association, which is funded through the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 1, New England. The Franklin WWTF, which is state owned and operated by the Department of Environmental Services, won the award for the Large Secondary Plant Category (Designed to handle greater than 10 million gallons per day of wastewater flow).
"This award for excellence is well deserved by the hard-working staff of the Winnipesaukee River Basin Program, which includes the Franklin Wastewater Treatment Facility as well as the Laconia Maintenance Facility," noted DES Commissioner Michael Nolin. "I don't think enough can be said about the improvement to water quality in the Lakes Region that is directly attributable to the work being done by these dedicated people."
The EPA Regional Operations & Maintenance (O&M) Excellence Awards have been established to recognize the staff of publicly owned wastewater treatment plants for their commitment to improve water quality not only with outstanding operation and maintenance, but also through a combination of continued permit compliance, effective financial management, and on-going operator training.
This is the first EPA O&M award that has been presented to the Franklin WWTF. In celebration of the award, the Commissioner of DES and other dignitaries will be hosting an "Employee Recognition Event," at the plant on Thursday, February 2 from 11: 00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The media is welcome to attend to learn more about the award and the operations of the Winnipesaukee River Basin Program, which serves the wastewater needs of 10 communities in the Lakes Region.
DIRECTIONS TO THE FRANKLIN WWTF:
I-93 Northbound: Take Exit 19 and proceed westerly (left) along Rte. 132 to Rte. 3 in Tilton. Go west (left) on Rte. 3 for approximately 3 miles through the center of Franklin. Take a left onto River Street (at Cumberland Farms Store). Continue straight along River Street Extension (past the pump station on the right) to the end of the street (approximately 2.5 miles) to the Franklin Wastewater Facility.
I-93 Southbound: Take Exit 22 onto Rte. 127 South through Sanbornton all the way into West Franklin. At Stop sign, take a left onto Rte. 3, cross the bridge (over the Winnipesaukee River), then take the first right turn onto River Street (Cumberland Farms Store at corner). Continue straight along River Street Extension (past the pump station on the right) to the end of the street (approximately 2.5 miles) to the Franklin Wastewater Facility.