At the most recent meeting of the Marion City Council, Nicole Hairston from the N.C. Department of Environmental Quality’s Public Water Supply Section presented the city with a North Carolina Area Wide Optimization Program (AWOP) award for excellent performance at the water plant in regards to turbidity removal.
While all drinking water systems must meet strict state and federal drinking water standards, Marion is one of those systems that meet performance goals significantly more stringent, according to the N.C. Division of Water Resources. The city of Marion has received the award for all the more than 16 years it has been given. Turbidity is a measure of how clean the water is, so the city views this award as very significant, according to City Manager Bob Boyette.
At the presentation on Tuesday, June 18, Hairston presented the award to Ben Worley, the water plant’s lead operator and Larry Carver, superintendent of the water plant.