An Award of Excellence is granted to those Significant Industrial Users (SIUs) that have distinguished themselves by achieving perfect compliance with all applicable local, state, and federal pretreatment standards and requirements during one calendar year.
Achieving all effluent quality standards typically requires more than just a properly designed, operated, and maintained pretreatment system. A carefully written and executed slug control plan and pollution prevention strategies are also very important, requiring training and active participation throughout the organization. Significant time and attention must be devoted to address all permit self-monitoring and reporting requirements. Compliance is also determined through unannounced sampling and inspections by city staff. Thus, those SIUs that have met the Award of Excellence criteria have devoted a lot of time, effort, and attention into obtaining this distinctive level of program implementation.