Because for the fifth time in six years, the City of Greencastle has received a "Plant Safety Award" from the Indiana Water Environment Association (IWEA).
The latest honor came during the 76th annual Conference of the Indiana Water Environment Association at the Westin Hotel in downtown Indianapolis.
IWEA officials said the Safety Award is given only to those plants that have excellent safety records and pass a voluntary safety inspection. Recipients are recognized for actively promoting safety throughout their workplace.
Greencastle has now received the IWEA safety award in 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011 and 2012.
The Municipal Safety Award is designed to recognize treatment plants that grade high in merit points to such an extent that a plant may sustain a minimum of loss-time accidents.
To be eligible for the award, a plant must complete the Safety Inspection Form and receive an inspection from a safety committee member.
For scoring greater than 95 percent on a 100-point inspection that occurred recently at the plant, the IWEA awarded the Greencastle plant its top distinction.
"The Greencastle Wastewater Treatment Plant employees worked hard to earn this award," City Water and Wastewater Superintendent Richard Hedge said. "They made every effort to maintain safety at our plant."
The Indiana Water Environment Association is comprised of water quality professionals whose background ranges from operations to engineering for the wastewater industry. The association provides educational opportunities for members and the public to learn about the importance of protecting Indiana's waterways.