Field's Point WWTF Recognized for Excellence

The Narragansett Bay Commission’s Field’s Point Wastewater Treatment Facility in Providence has received a 2017 Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant Excellence Award. The facility, led by Plant Manager Paul Desrosiers, was recognized by EPA's New England office for exceptional work in operating and maintaining the wastewater treatment plant. 

The Field’s Point facility is the largest wastewater treatment facility in Rhode Island and one of the oldest in the nation, assuming operations in 1901. The facility serves the sewered residents of Providence, Johnston, North Providence and a portion of Lincoln. It provides advanced treatment for flows of up to 77 million gallons per day (MGD), and primary treatment and disinfection for an additional 123 MGD of wet weather flows. 

The EPA Regional Wastewater Awards Program recognizes personnel in the wastewater field who have provided invaluable public service managing and operating wastewater treatment facilities throughout New England. The RI Department of Environmental Management was instrumental in the plant's nomination. 

“The professionals operating wastewater treatment plants play a very important role in keeping our communities and environment healthy by protecting water quality,” said Alexandra Dunn, regional administrator of EPA's New England Office. “We are proud to acknowledge this staff’s outstanding contributions to help protect public health and water quality and to give them the credit they deserve.” 

The EPA Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant Excellence Award was established to recognize and honor the employees of publicly owned wastewater treatment plants for their commitment to improving water quality with outstanding plant operations and maintenance. More often than not, and particularly with the smaller facilities, conscientious operators and staff continue to perform exceptionally with limited resources. EPA’s New England office formally acknowledged the Providence facility for its work during the annual New England Water Environment Association Conference last month.