The Tomales Village Community Services District (TVCSD) has been awarded the distinguished Small Wastewater Plant of the Year Award for 2011 by the California Water Environment Association (CWEA) Redwood Empire Section. The award is the second in two years for the District, recognizing the District's effort to provide an environmentally friendly system and to improve the quality of treatment of the community's wastewater. In addition to major upgrades to the plant's equipment and treatment process, the District installed two solar arrays to provide 95% of the District's energy usage. These improvements not only provide clean renewable energy and higher quality treatment, the project will help the District better serve the community by minimizing the long-term impacts on ratepayers from rising energy costs, equipment costs and operating costs, and improve the overall long term reliability of the system.
The CWEA awards program seeks to recognize outstanding achievements within the wastewater field. Each award was designed to honor exceptional CWEA members and California wastewater professionals, facilities and agencies. The award categories focused on regulatory compliance results, innovative practices, cost effectiveness and superior plant operations. The CWEA, a state member of the national Water Environment Federation, is a non-profit association composed of 9,000-plus members in the wastewater industry spread amongst 17 local sections. The Redwood Empire Section (RES) includes Wastewater Treatment Plants throughout Marin, Sonoma, Solano, Napa and parts of Lake and Mendocino Counties. The TVCSD has been an active member of the CWEA since the District's inception in 1999.