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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 12, 2004

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City's Wastewater Collection Division receives ISO Certification

San Diego - The Wastewater Collection Division of the City of San Diego's Metropolitan Wastewater Department (MWWD) has received ISO 14001 Certification for Environmental Management from the International Organization for Standardization, headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland. The Collection Division is the third MWWD Division to be recognized with ISO Certification for its commitment to an energetic environmental management system. It is also the first wastewater collection operation in the U.S. to achieve such recognition from the International Standardization Organization.

To receive certification an organization must adopt and strictly follow policies of regulatory compliance, pollution prevention and continual improvement. Other certification requirements include environmental awareness training for all employees, compliance audits and management reviews of the division's environmental management system.

The Environmental Management System recognized by ISO 14001 Certification provides a constant reminder to employees of their commitment to protect the environment and conserve resources. It encourages employees to find new and better ways to perform day-to-day activities, contributes to the development of high performing teams.

In 1999, the Operations & Maintenance Division of MWWD was the first publicly-owned wastewater treatment operation in the nation to receive ISO 14001 Certification. The department's Environmental Monitoring & Technical Services Division received its ISO certification in 2002, the first publicly owned laboratory to receive the distinction.

For more information on ISO 14001 Certification, contact Linda Jones at 858-614-4569.

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