The City of Tulsa Lower Bird Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant has received a Platinum Peak Performance Award from the National Association of Clean Water Agencies. This award recognizes 100 percent compliance with permits over a consecutive seven-year period, ending with the 2016 calendar year.
The Platinum Peak Performance Award is the highest performance recognition that the National Association of Clean Water Agencies gives to public wastewater treatment facilities.
In addition, the City of Tulsa’s Northside Wastewater Treatment Plant received a Gold Performance Award for having one year with no discharge violations, and the City’s Southside and Haikey Creek treatment plants received Silver Awards for having less than 5 discharge violations in a year.
“This is a great indication of the dedication our operation and maintenance staff have to meeting water quality standards,” said Clayton Edwards, Director of the Water & Sewer Department.
Wastewater collected through Tulsa’s 1,960 miles of sanitary sewer is treated to make it safe and clean to return to a receiving body of water, like the Arkansas River, or to apply as a biosolid on agricultural land as a soil supplement. This system of underground trunk and collection system sewer lines and 62 lift stations moves the water to the City’s four major treatment plants – the Northside, Southside, Haikey Creek and Lower Bird creek plants. Currently, Tulsa can treat 103 million gallons of wastewater per day, but on average treats 57 million gallons.