Wastewater Treatment and Conservation at Eaton’s Toccoa Aerospace Site Earn Industrial Plant of the Year Honors

Date: July 16, 2012

TOCCOA, Ga. … Diversified industrial manufacturer Eaton Corporation’s aerospace facility in Toccoa, Ga., was honored recently by the Georgia Association of Water Professionals as the industrial 2011 Plant of the Year for outstanding operation of industrial pollution control in indirect wastewater discharge for physical and chemical pretreatment. The association also recognized Eaton’s facility for water conservation. Eaton was the only indirect treatment winner in Georgia, where hundreds of such facilities are in operation.
“Receiving the Plant of the Year award is a great honor and reflects Eaton’s commitment to environmental stewardship in the communities where we live and work,” said Bill Hayford, plant manager of Eaton’s Toccoa facility. “Being an environmental leader is very important to us. Globally the company reduced water consumption by nearly 10 percent last year, indexed to sales. It takes investment in resources and training to achieve our environmental goals, and Eaton is committed.”
Eaton’s Toccoa site won the Plant of the Year award by earning the highest score based on an onsite audit by two independent wastewater specialists. The reviewers, impressed with Eaton’s team approach toward environmental compliance, gave Eaton a score greater than 95 percent.
An outstanding feature noted by inspectors was the water system interlock that closes the influent potable water valve if tanks at the wastewater treatment plant are full. Inspectors complimented Eaton on its superior work in setting up and using a preventive maintenance program.
During the scoring audit, inspectors reviewed results of continuous improvement projects in water conservation and gave an additional award to the Toccoa site for water conservation.
The Toccoa plant treats wastewater from its manufacturing processes and transports it to the local wastewater treatment facility. Samples are analyzed to ensure compliance with U.S. Environmental Protection Agency standards and local permit requirements.
The industrial wastewater awards program is a service of the Georgia Association of Water Professionals, a not-for-profit professional association founded in 1932. The organization has grown to more than 5,000 operators, owners, contractors, manufacturers' representatives, engineers, elected officials, industry representatives and others concerned with Georgia's water resources. .
In the aerospace industry, Eaton is a leading supplier of hydraulic, electro-hydraulic pump and generator products and integrated systems; engine and airframe fuel pumps; electric motors; aircraft door actuation, flight and flow controls; fluid, fuel and air delivery products and systems; nose wheel steering systems; integrated control systems; cockpit controls and displays; power and load management systems; pressure sensors, seals, and fluid health monitoring products and systems. Eaton serves commercial and military aviation, aerospace, military weapons, marine and off-road markets worldwide.
Eaton Corporation is a diversified power management company with more than 100 years of experience providing energy-efficient solutions that help our customers effectively manage electrical, hydraulic and mechanical power. With 2011 sales of $16.0 billion, Eaton is a global technology leader in electrical components, systems and services for power quality, distribution and control; hydraulics components, systems and services for industrial and mobile equipment; aerospace fuel, hydraulics and pneumatic systems for commercial and military use; and truck and automotive drivetrain and powertrain systems for performance, fuel economy and safety. Eaton has approximately 72,000 employees and sells products to customers in more than 150 countries. For more information, visit www.eaton.com.

John Ganzerla
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