Four Bismarck businesses and the City of Bismarck Landfill were recognized Tuesday with wastewater pretreatment excellence awards during the Region 8 Pretreatment Association annual conference in Bismarck.

The award honors industrial users for stewardship by proactively preventing pollution and managing wastewater discharge, according to a news release from the city of Bismarck. It is part of the city’s pollution prevention program, which partners with local businesses to reduce pollution and minimize waste.

Award winners are:

• Coca-Cola Bottling Company High Country, recognized for a five-year compliance record and for taking steps to reduce the amount of chemical needed for pH neutralization;

• Doosan Bobcat, for a seven-year compliance record and for steps taken to remove solids and pollutants from the wastestream;

• Dakota Dust-Tex, for a 10-year compliance record and for the operation of oil and sand interceptors to reduce sand, grit and pollutants from entering the sanitary sewer;

• Dan’s Super Market, for providing outstanding environmental management and promoting Bismarck’s Industrial Pretreatment program public education material.

• The City of Bismarck Landfill was awarded for an eight-year compliance record, public education and for recycling fats, oils and grease generated at food service establishments.

The Region 8 Pretreatment Association is a group of professionals from Colorado, Utah, North Dakota, South Dakota, Montana and Wyoming responsible for addressing pretreatment issues, assisting pretreatment programs and providing education to pretreatment individuals in the region. About 150 people from a 16-state area attended the conference.

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(Reach Travis Svihovec at 701-250-8260 or Travis.Svihovec@bismarcktribune.com)