Mark B. Hannum Award

Formerly known as Plant Operations And Maintenance Excellence Award

Description:  This award is to recognize those Pennsylvania wastewater treatment facilities that have outstanding operations & maintenance performance. There are two divisions for the PWEA awards; < 2.0 MGD and > 2.0 MGD design capacity. The award winners in each division will be submitted to the U.S. EPA for Regional and National competition. Additional facilities may be submitted to EPA at the discretion of the Awards Committee provided they do not compete in the same EPA categories as the PWEA – selected winning facilities.  (There are six EPA divisions)  Facilities shall be publicly owned treatment works (POTW's) that have demonstrated outstanding performance in permit compliance, process control, maintenance management, financial management, innovated practices, laboratory management, personnel training programs, pretreatment and industrial waste management, solids handling and disposal, safety, and public relations.
Award Criteria:   Qualifying facilities shall have at least one staff person as a current member in good standing in the PWEA.  Facilities that cannot meet this requirement may submit an application directly to EPA using the same application.  An application must be submitted by the facility. A member of the Awards Committee will visit the site. A score sheet will be used to generate a uniform numerical score. The results are presented to the Awards Committee for final selection. Winners of the PWEA Plant O&M Excellence Awards are eligible to compete in the EPA Region 3 program. Facilities receiving this award must wait five years before reapplying, even if they change categories.
Eligibility:  The facility must have at least one staff person as a current member in good standing of the PWEA.
Nomination Process: Nominations (including contact information and pertinent accomplishments) should be submitted to the PWEA Awards Committee for evaluation and final selection.

Applications may be submitted to and must be received no later than December 31st.