Environmental award goes to Central towns, engineers

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The Professional Engineers and Geoscientists Newfoundland and Labrador (PEGNL) has presented the engineering firm Abydoz Environmental as well as the towns of Appleton and Glenwood with their 2010 Environmental Award. The award recognizes "the application of science, technology, engineering and environmental management in Newfoundland and Labrador."

The towns of Appleton and Glenwood use a wastewater and sewage treatment system from Abydoz, a system innovative enough to snag the award for all three.

(From left) Glenwood Mayor Darren Bursey, chairman of PEGNL Darryl Benson, Appleton Mayor Derm Flynn, Barry Thomson and Glenn Sharp. Submitted photo

The Professional Engineers and Geoscientists Newfoundland and Labrador (PEGNL) has presented the engineering firm Abydoz Environmental as well as the towns of Appleton and Glenwood with their 2010 Environmental Award. The award recognizes "the application of science, technology, engineering and environmental management in Newfoundland and Labrador."

The towns of Appleton and Glenwood use a wastewater and sewage treatment system from Abydoz, a system innovative enough to snag the award for all three.

The system was installed in 2006, replacing two previous systems (one for each town) that had outlived their useful life, Appleton Mayor Derm Flynn told The Telegram.

Essentially, it uses specialized plants - reed beds - to do the dirty work. The beds include thousands of reeds that have bacteria growing around the roots. These bacteria naturally clean and eat away at the sewage.

Flynn said the towns decided to go with the Adydoz system as the replacement because the costs associated were smaller than the price of more common storm-sewer systems.

The Abydoz system also had an environmental component.

"Basically, it handles our sewage treatment and wastewater treatment and it's looking after it without any chemicals added to the system and very low mechanical operations," Flynn said.

He said the absence of chemicals was important, as the treatment area is located on the banks of the Gander River and the potential for contamination was a concern for the town.

With the Abydoz system created for Appleton and Glenwood heading into its fourth year of operation, Flynn said it has put his town "ahead of the game" in meeting incoming federal regulations. "It works very, very well," he said.

Abydoz is the Canadian patent holder for the wetland system technology. Aside from the most recent honour, the system in this province has already been recognized with two provincial environmental awards and a Regional Innovation Award for Sustainable Development from the National Research Council of Canada Industrial Research Program and Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters.

"The residents of Appleton and Glenwood can be proud to know that they have a wastewater treatment facility that is among the best and most innovative in the country and we are particularly proud that we have been there every step of the way in the creation and operation of this system," said Glenn Sharp, engineering manager of Abydoz Environmental.

afitzpatrick@thetelegram.com

Organizations: Professional Engineers, PEGNL, The Telegram Sustainable Development Canadian Manufacturers

Geographic location: Appleton, Glenwood, Newfoundland and Labrador Gander River

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  • Andrew E
    July 02, 2010 - 13:14

    Congratulations!

  • Andrew E
    July 01, 2010 - 19:53

    Congratulations!