News Release

October 20, 2009

For additional information:

Robert Simison, Meridian Mayor’s Office

(208) 489-0530



City of Meridian Wins Award for Water Reuse Program


Meridian, ID – (October 20, 2009) – The City of Meridian has received the 2009 Idaho Water Reuse Program of the Year award from the Pacific Northwest Clean Water Association (PNCWA). 


This annual award recognizes innovative programs which demonstrate the value, safety, and uses of reused water, and promotes its use to others.


“This award reflects a great deal of effort that our Public Works Department has put into exploring ways to more efficiently use our existing water resources” said Meridian Mayor Tammy de Weerd.  She adds “It is great to be recognized, but more importantly it demonstrates that we are willing to invest in initiatives that preserve natural resources and promote sustainability in our community.”


In December 2008, the City of Meridian became the first city in Idaho to be issued a Class A Reclaimed Water Permit by the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (IDEQ), allowing it to more efficiently utilize existing water resources. 


According to Meridian Public Works Director Tom Barry, “This is great recognition of our efforts as a Department by one of the leading water organizations in the northwest.  Class A reclaimed water has so many uses, from irrigating parks and golf courses to fire suppression.  Ultimately it reduces the strain on domestic water sources that have been used for irrigation and puts to a better use a resource that was largely wasted.” 


The criteria upon which the City of Meridian and other nominees were evaluated included:


  • Facility performance and compliance with permit requirements;
  • Efforts and successes of public outreach and education regarding the value and safety of recycled water;
  • Demonstrated proactive programs to develop and market recycled water;
  • Activities aimed at advancing the technology of water reuse;
  • Effective support of recycled water customers;
  • Finance mechanism – finance through loans funded by grants or an innovative financing approach; and
  • Successful recycled water program with good documentation


The PNCWA is a Member Association of the Water Environment Federation, the non-profit technical and educational organization for water environment professionals active in 39 countries, and is dedicated to preserving and enhancing the water quality in the states of Idaho, Oregon, and Washington.


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The City of Meridian is located at the center of the Treasure Valley in southwest Idaho, minutes from the State Capitol. Founded as a farming community in 1893 and incorporated as a city in 1903, Meridian is now one of Idaho’s largest and fastest growing communities. As the home to many young families, Meridian is a vibrant community whose mission is to be a premier city to live, work and raise a family. For more information about Meridian, visit