City of Los Angeles Bureau of Sanitation receives environmental engineering award on Earth Day 2004

The Water Environment Federation (WEF) congratulates the City of Los Angeles, Department of Public Works, Bureaus of Engineering Sanitation, and Contract Administration in Playa Del Ray, California for being named the "First Major Biosolids Facility in the USA to Achieve Pathogen-Free Standards".

ALEXANDRIA, VA, April 23, 2004 -- The Water Environment Federation (WEF) congratulates the City of Los Angeles, Department of Public Works, Bureaus of Engineering Sanitation, and Contract Administration in Playa Del Ray, California for being named the "First Major Biosolids Facility in the USA to Achieve Pathogen-Free Standards".

The prestigious award was presented to the agency by the American Academy of Environmental Engineers (AAEE) during their annual Excellence in Environmental Engineering Awards celebrated on Earth Day, April 22, 2004.

"WEF is pleased with the L.A. Department of Public Works' achievement," said WEF Executive Director Bill Bertera. "This award signifies that the agency supports excellence in biosolids management and is committed to enhancing environmental excellence in local communities."

The purpose of the Academy's Excellence in Environmental Engineering competition is to recognize and promote quality environmental engineering. Each entry is evaluated by an independent panel of judges based on criteria that define what it takes to achieve excellence: a holistic environmental perspective; innovation; performance and client satisfaction; and contribution to an improved quality of life and economic efficiency.

In addition to receiving this honor from AAEE, the L.A. Department of Public Works successfully achieved independent, third-party verification of the National Biosolids Partnership's (an alliance of the WEF, Association of Metropolitan Sewerage Agencies, and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency) environmental management system (EMS) for biosolids program in September 2003.

For more information about the L.A. Department of Public Works EMS program, visit http://www.lacity.org/san/biosolidsems/. For more information about the NBP's EMS program, visit http://www.biosolids.org/.

Founded in 1928, the Water Environment Federation (WEF) is a not-for-profit technical and educational organization with members from varied disciplines who work toward the WEF vision of preservation and enhancement of the global water environment. The WEF network includes water quality professionals from 79 Member Associations in over 30 countries. http://www.wef.org


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