On May 10, 2023, Metro Water Recovery recognized 14 local companies at our Gold Awards Ceremony. Representatives of the winning companies were welcomed to the Robert W. Hite Treatment Facility (RWHTF) to be honored and served a catered breakfast. The companies recognized have excelled in industrial wastewater pretreatment requirements.
Metro Water Recovery’s Industrial Pretreatment Program (IPP) team members work alongside industrial businesses. The IPP team collects samples, reviews data, and reports, evaluates compliance, and takes enforcement action where necessary.
Pragati Sharma, Senior Industrial Pretreatment Manager, recognized that businesses put in a great deal of effort to earn 100 percent compliance. “This is an exciting event as we get to celebrate hard work of Metro’s permitted industries. This is akin to not just earning an A, but 100% compliance. It is hard to maintain and takes effort every day. I appreciate that these industries put that level of effort for compliance with pretreatment requirements.”
In all, 11 gold awards were presented along with 3 platinum awards. The guest speaker this year was Al Garcia who serves as the Pretreatment Coordinator for EPA Region VIII. Learn more about Metro’s IPP here.
Speaking on the event, Garcia stated “The EPA was honored to participate in the 2023 Metro Gold Awards ceremony to recognize companies in the Denver Metro area that achieved a high standard of Pretreatment compliance performance in 2022, many of which have achieved this standard for more than five years. The Pretreatment regulations, developed by the EPA in 1977 and adopted by these companies as part of their sustainable business practices, have allowed Metro Water Recovery to protect their multi-million dollar investment in their infrastructure. The EPA appreciates the combined efforts of Metro Water Recovery and the recognized companies to protect the environment, the infrastructure, and the community in which we all live, play and work.”
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this was the first time in four years that the event was held in person.
Below are our 2022 Gold and Platinum Award recipients.
The Ziegenfelder Company, Inc. – 1st year
Lowry Landfill Superfund Site – 3rd time
Advanced Surface Technologies – 4th time
Safeway Denver Milk Plant – 4th time
Swire Coca-Cola, USA – 4th time
CoorsTek Inc – 7th time
Water Remediation Technology, LLC – 11th time
KBP Coil Coaters, Inc – 12th time
Industrialex Manufacturing Corp. - 13th time
Denver Metal Finishing – 15th time
Upsher-Smith Laboratories, LLC – 17th time
(5 or more consecutive years of 100% compliance with Industrial Pretreatment Requirements)