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Press release from the city of Asheville, shared July 11:

The Asheville Water Resources Department has received a Clear Air Compliance Award by the Western North Carolina Regional Air Quality Agency for meeting or exceeding air quality regulations at its two primary water treatment plants in 2011.

The North Fork and William DeBruhl plants have earned the designation each year for the past four years.

“Water Resources is dedicated to protecting the environment during our treatment process, whether it is the water supply to the plant, the stream below the plant or the air.” said Water Production Superintendent Leslie Carreiro. “The staff does an exceptional job at maintaining the facility so as to minimize our environmental impact.”

The Asheville Water Services Department operates three water treatment plants, 37 pump stations, and 32 reservoirs, and protects and manages a 22,000 acre watershed. The North Fork water treatment facility processes an average 15 million gallons of water a day while William DeBruhl produces 3 million gallons a day. System wide, the City of Asheville Water Services facilities process 20.5 million gallons of water per day and service more than 123,000 customers.

Correction: An earlier version of this press release misstated the amount of water the city’s facilities process. The information has been corrected.

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