The Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) has recognized the exceptional achievements of the Florida Keys Aqueduct Authority in bestowing a 2020 Plant Operations Award on the Authority’s J. Robert Dean Water Treatment Plant.

Each year, the FDEP presents awards to drinking water facilities around the state, that demonstrate excellence in operation, maintenance, innovative treatment, waste reduction, pollution prevention, recycling, or other special achievements. These awards are presented to recognize facilities that demonstrate a special commitment to excellence in management through dedicated professionalism.

The award is presented to one facility in each of the FDEP’s six district office water system categories, with the Authority garnering the Large Community Water System Award for the Southeast District.

Items considered in granting the award include the efficiency and water quality initiatives established at the water treatment plant, a culture of employee empowerment, wide-ranging public education efforts and the Authority’s ability to manage operations for a fluctuating seasonal population over a unique geography, including 43 bridge crossings.