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Albany County Sewer District Wins NY Water Environment Association Sustainability Award

January 22, 2014

Albany County Executive Daniel P. McCoy today announced that the Albany County Sewer District has been selected to receive the 2013 New York Water Environment Association (NYWEA) Sustainability Award in recognition for the district’s support for the well-being of its customers, neighbors and environment.

The association further noted that the county sewer district successfully measures its own performance in “terms consistent with sustainable operations and development.” The award will be presented next month at the association’s annual meeting in New York City. 

“I am pleased that the work carried out by the sewer district is being recognized for sustainable practices,” said McCoy. “Albany County continues to be a leader in thinking green in order to save energy while providing top tier service for ratepayers. Led by Executive Director Richard Lyons, the district continues to move the county forward by developing partnerships to implement environmentally-sound practices.”

“This award is made possible by the hardworking, dedicated professionals who operate and maintain the district facilities,” said Lyons.

The honor represents the third time that the Sewer District has been honored for its operations. In 2013, Lyons received the Individual Excellence Award from the State Academy of Public Administration for his public service. Also in 2013, the district was recognized for its innovative partnership with Empire Generating Co., which received the 2012 WateReuse Industrial Project Award for a water conservation project. Additionally, the district used state grant funding to install an energy cogeneration turbo-generator which saves nearly $500,000 annually in energy costs.

The Sewer District was formed in 1968, by resolution 45 of the County Legislature and has provided effective and efficient wastewater treatment for its eight member communities, serving a population of over 200,000, since 1974.

Founded in 1929, the New York Water Environment Association (NYWEA) currently has more than 2,500 members representing diverse backgrounds and specialties, all of whom are concerned and involved with protecting and enhancing our precious water resources.



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