Today the Alexandria Sanitation Authority welcomed the staff of the Water Environment Federation headquarters, located in Alexandria, as part of their celebration for World Water Day and the launch of WEF’s WATER’S WORTH IT campaign.
ASA employees gave the WEF staff a tour of the facility, which cleans about 13.5 billion gallons of dirty water each year.
WEF Executive Director Jeff Eger recognized ASA as “a cutting edge” leader in the water industry, and noted that water treatment facilities are important public servants that deserve recognition.
“Henry Ford said, ‘You can tear down my building and take away my equipment, but give me my people and I can rebuild my business.’ The people in this room are the core to the water quality profession,” Mr. Eger said.
ASA Chief Operator Rick Everette, who has been in the wastewater treatment industry for 26 years, said that, since moving to the Washington, DC area 25 years ago, the local water have greatly improved – so much so that last year he caught a three-pound bass in the Potomac River, after years of traveling to the York River for cleaner waters
He gave credited to advanced technology and ASA – which won its sixth Platinum Peak Performance Award last year for maintaining a 100 percent compliance level with the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System – for continuing to improve the quality and safety of water in the region.
ASA General Manager Karen Pallansch honored the ASA staff, noting that, “The work that ASA employees do, all day, every day, is important to the health and economy of our community. We feel honored that WEF would join us today to thank ASA employees for their dedication to clean water, and to launch this exciting WATER’S WORTH IT campaign.
The WATER’S WORTH IT campaign highlights the importance of water to the world, which is “indispensable to jobs, the economy, our health and our communities.” Learn more about the campaign and find ways to support its efforts by visiting www.WatersWorth It.org.