HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. (March 14, 2017) – Hilton Head Public Service District (PSD) and its staff earned a trio of accolades Monday at the annual South Carolina Environmental Conference. The PSD’s Recycled Water Plant on Oak Park Drive was honored with the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control’s annual Facility Excellence Award. The award recognizes the plant for environmental protection and regulatory compliance. The PSD’s Recycled Water Plant annually treats approximately 1 billion gallons of wastewater, producing beneficial recycled water that is then used for golf course irrigation and wetlands nourishment.
Also Monday, the PSD’s Vince Malphrus was inducted into the Water Environment Association of South Carolina (WEASC) chapter of the Five ‘S’ Society. The Five ‘S’ Society, which stands for the “Select Society of Sanitary Sludge Shovelers,” recognizes individuals who have made outstanding career contributions in the field of wastewater treatment. Malphrus, of Bluffton, has worked for the PSD for 25 years, including serving as its Chief Recycled Water Plant Operator.
The PSD also was recognized Monday by the WEASC and the South Carolina chapter of the American Water Works Association for being a charter member of the Partnership for Clean Water, a voluntary program launched in 2016 to optimize wastewater treatment facility operations. The partnership includes self-assessment and peer review in areas such as plant operations, treated wastewater quality, and energy efficiency. It was developed by the American Water Works Association (AWWA).
Hilton Head PSD provides water, wastewater treatment, and recycled water services to 17,000 customers in the north- and mid-island areas of Hilton Head Island.