• Pictured from left, Luke Byrne, Kyle Smiley and Anthony Perott of Inframark

Ebensburg’s Water Treatment Plant has been selected again to receive a prestigious Area Wide Optimization Program (AWOP) Award. The AWOP Award was presented to Luke Byrne, Plant Manager, for our water system on Thursday, March 21, 2024 at the Pennsylvania Rural Water Association (PRWA) Annual Conference in State College, PA.

AWOP is a national filter plant optimization effort among numerous states, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Association of State Drinking Water Administrators (ASDWA) and you. For the seventeenth consecutive year in Pennsylvania, AWOP will recognize outstanding efforts toward optimizing filter plant turbidity performance with a prestigious AWOP Award. The top performing filter plants that submitted their 2023 WebOAS turbidity data will receive an AWOP Award this year. This year 9 small filter plants (serving <10,000 people) will be presented with AWOP Awards at the PRWA conference. We hope to present AWOP Awards next year as well. So please continue to submit your turbidity data to remain eligible for an AWOP Award next year. WebOAS turbidity submittal is required in order to participate in AWOP and be eligible for an AWOP Award.