Chase named treatment plant operator of the year

Behind the scenes of the pristine environment that gave Block Island the designation of one of the Western Hemisphere’s “last great places” by The Nature Conservancy in 1991 are the people and infrastructure that protect it while providing vital services to the people who live and visit here.
Those who provide water and electricity immediately come to mind. Then there’s the dirty little secret: everybody poops. Here’s where the sewer plant comes into play. It’s an important but overlooked service element of how the island works.
Hotels, restaurants, marinas, visiting boats, and even all homes with individual septic systems produce waste that eventually ends up at the wastewater treatment plant. Unobtrusively tucked away off Spring Street just south of downtown, Block Island’s sewer plant is a modern-day model of how to do things right.
Earlier this month, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s New England office announced that Sewer Superintendent Dylan Chase was the recipient of the 2020 Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator of the Year Award – an award “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.”
Chase was “recognized

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