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Posted on: September 24, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Wastewater Treatment Plant Recognized as “Utility of the Future Today”

Photo of elected officials and WWTP representatives holding award banner in front of WWTP.

The City of San Marcos Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP) has received national recognition as a Utility of the Future Today for Community Partnering and Engagement.


The San Marcos WWTP is one of 65 water utilities being recognized for transformational work in community engagement, watershed stewardship, and recovery of resources such as water, energy, and nutrients. The facility is operated under contract by Jacobs, an America international professional services firm providing technical, professional, and construction services.


The San Marcos WWTP project is a model project in the Jacobs operations and maintenance (O&M) group. As the wastewater treatment plant operations and maintenance provider, the Jacobs team is responsible for operating the 9-million-gallon-per-day (mgd) advanced treatment facility. This facility has one of the most stringent discharge permits in Texas and is closely monitored to protect the water quality of the San Marcos River.


“The City of San Marcos is very proud of the facility and the accomplishments that have been made onsite by the Jacobs team,” said Jon Clack, Assistant Director of Public Services. “Their innovative advancements to improve operations and the environment and the partnerships they have created have set a new bar for wastewater treatment.”


The Utility of the Future Today program was launched in 2016 by the National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA), the Water Environment Federation (WEF), the Water Research Foundation (WRF) and the WateReuse Association, with input from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The recognition celebrates the achievements of water utilities that transform from the traditional wastewater treatment system to a resource recovery center and leader in the overall sustainability and resilience of the communities they serve. 


“The innovations coming to the water sector present an opportunity for a paradigm shift in the way utilities think about and solve long-standing challenges to clean and reliable water,” said Jackie Jarrell, WEF President. “WEF is excited to recognize the San Marcos Wastewater Treatment Plant for embracing innovative ways to better serve their communities.”  


The San Marcos Wastewater Treatment Plant will be recognized during a pre-recorded awards ceremony on Oct. 9 at 11 a.m. ET during WEFTEC Connect. 


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