Annual National Night Out is scheduled for Tuesday

The 31st annual National Night Out is Tuesday. The Prince William County Police Department is encouraging residents to celebrate the campaign to prevent drugs and crime by spending the evening outside with neighbors.

The event, coordinated by the department’s Crime Prevention Unit in partnership with the Prince William Crime Prevention Council, also aims to build community relationships. The department suggests that neighbors lock their doors, turn on their lights and head outside to get to know one another. For information, call 703-792-7270.

County water reclamation facility receives award

The Prince William County Service Authority’s H.L. Mooney Advanced Water Reclamation Facility recently won the Platinum Peak Performance Award from the National Association of Clean Water Agencies. The award is given to NACWA member public utilities that have operated without a permit violation for five consecutive years. There were only 17 first-time platinum award winners nationwide this year.

“This is a big deal,” service authority General Manager Dean Dickey said in a statement. “To operate 24 hours a day, 365 days a year for five years in all kinds of weather and not be in violation is really remarkable. And it’s a testament to the staff’s professionalism and dedication to their jobs.”

Each month, the service authority issues reports to the state, which runs the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System created by the Environmental Protection Agency. The system tracks things such as phosphorus and nitrogen limits and dissolved oxygen minimums, which affect aquatic life. The water treated by Mooney AWRF goes to the Neabsco Creek, a tributary of the Potomac.

— Compiled by Sarah Lane