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NLRW's Unprecedented Five-Year Streak of Platinum Awards for Water Treatment Plant Compliance

Updated: Nov 10, 2023

North Little Rock, August 14, 2023 - The National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA) recently recognized the exemplary commitment of North Little Rock Wastewater (NLRW) by awarding three prestigious Platinum Awards for five consecutive years of impeccable performance in treatment plant compliance.

NACWA 5 Year Platinum Award Recipient NLRW Michael Clayton Executive Director

NLRW was recognized at an awards ceremony held on July 12, 2023, during NACWA’s Utility Leadership Conference in Louisville, Kentucky, to acknowledge and honor the Platinum Peak Performance honorees.

This award recognizes excellence in wastewater treatment and compliance. NACWA's highest performance recognition is the Platinum Peak Performance Award, which honors treatment facilities that achieved 100 percent compliance with their Federal permit over a consecutive five-year period. This remarkable achievement showcases NLRW's unwavering dedication to environmental stewardship and maintaining the highest standards of water reclamation.

Three of North Little Rock Wastewater’s facilities have been shining examples of responsible water management and environmental protection received Peak Performance awards:

· Faulkner Lake Water Reclamation Facility: NACWA 2023 Peak Performance Platinum Award winner

· White Oak Water Reclamation Facility: NACWA 2023 Peak Performance Platinum Award winner

· Five Mile Water Reclamation Facility: NACWA 2023 Peak Performance Platinum Award winner

NACWA's Platinum Award is a testament to the relentless efforts put forth by NLRW's skilled workforce, forward-thinking management, and cutting-edge technology. It underscores their ability to consistently meet and exceed the stringent regulatory requirements set forth by NPDES permits, resulting in cleaner waterways and a healthier ecosystem.

"We are immensely proud to have received the Platinum Awards from NACWA for our Faulkner Lake, Five Mile, and White Oak Water Reclamation facilities. This recognition reaffirms our commitment to safeguarding the environment and providing our community with the highest quality water," said Michael Clayton, Executive Director at North Little Rock Wastewater. "These awards reflect the dedication and expertise of our team as well as our continuous pursuit of excellence in wastewater management."

North Little Rock Wastewater has become a role model for other municipalities, setting a benchmark for sustainable water treatment practices. The Platinum Awards not only acknowledge the past five years of outstanding achievement but also set the stage for continued innovation and dedication to environmental preservation.

This remarkable accomplishment would not have been possible without the support of the local community, elected local officials, regulatory authorities, and the diligent efforts of NLRW's team. As we celebrate these Platinum Awards, North Little Rock Wastewater remains committed to upholding the highest standards of water reclamation and fostering a greener, healthier future for generations to come.

For media inquiries, please contact:

Michael Clayton, P.E.

Executive Director

North Little Rock Wastewater

Phone: (501) 945-7186

About the Peak Performance Awards

Platinum Awards: Platinum Awards recognize 100% compliance with permits over a consecutive five-year period. Facilities that maintain 100% compliance beyond the initial award are honored with Multi-Platinum Award status.

Gold Awards: Gold Awards are presented to facilities with no permit violations for the entire calendar year.

Silver Awards: Silver Awards are presented to facilities with no more than five violations per calendar year.


For nearly 50 years, the National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA) has been the nation’s recognized leader in advancing sustainable and responsible policy initiatives that help shape a strong and sustainable clean water future. NACWA seeks to fulfill this mission through its national recognition/awards program, its clean water advocacy and communications, and its peer-to-peer utility network to share best practices from coast-to-coast. For more information, visit us at

About North Little Rock Wastewater

North Little Rock Wastewater is State’s largest regional wastewater provider serving the areas of North Little Rock, Maumelle, Sherwood and parts of Pulaski County with 715 miles of sewer lines, 72 pumping stations and four Water Reclamation Facilities discharging treated wastewater into the Arkansas River. NLRW has the capacity to treat 30.6 million gallons per day of average flow with a total peak treatment capacity of 77 million gallons per day.

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