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Smithfield wins 2 stateawards for utilities

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SMITHFIELD — The town of Smithfield’s public utilities department recently won two state awards. At the Jan. 8 town council meeting, Kevin Irby of the North Carolina American Water Works Association made the presentations.

The town won yearly honors for its potable water distribution system and sanitary sewer collection system.

The purpose of the water distribution award is to recognize the town that protects the public health through proactive practices of management, operations and maintenance of its system above minimum standards.

Smithfield was one of three systems in the state that received this honor.

The award for outstanding sanitary sewer system recognizes the town that protects the natural beauty of its environment beyond what is required by state law.

Smithfield won the sewer collection award not just in its size category, but was declared the state’s overall winner.

“These awards recognize that Smithfield’s utilities have done a fantastic job,” said Irby. “ That’s the cool thing about these guys, this is for their staffs. That’s the kind of leaders they are. The awards identify and recognizes communities that are environmentally proactive and go above and beyond what’s expected.”

Irby presented the awards to Public Utilities Director Ted Credle and Water and Sewer Distribution Superintendent Pat Butler.

“One of our struggles in Smithfield is our aging infrastructure,” said Mayor Andy Moore. “A lot of times we go home and take for granted turning on that faucet to get a clean glass of water or take a shower. Thanks to our staff for all they do to make sure that happens.”

The town owns and operates 122 miles of water mains, four above-ground storage tanks and two pumping stations serving more than 6,000 drinking water customers.