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Freeport and Rome, Maine -

FREEPORT, Maine — Maine Rural Water Association (MRWA) recently honored Pine Tree Camp, a program of Pine Tree Society, for the Association’s annual Outstanding Small Water System award. The award and recognition was for Pine Tree Camp’s commitment to compliance with the Federal Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Safe Drinking Water Act and the Maine Drinking Water Program’s Safe Drinking Water Rules. Each year, MRWA recognizes various Maine drinking water systems for their hard work and commitment to providing safe drinking water and quality service to their customers. Awards and recognitions are presented at MRWA’s Annual Water and Wastewater Technical Conference, held in December of each year. Pine Tree Camp was honored during the December 6, 7 and 8th, 2011 conference held at the Hilton Garden Inn in Freeport.

Pine Tree Camp is an extraordinary camp for children and adults with physical and/or developmental disabilities. The camp was established in 1945 as a summer therapy outlet for children with disabilities. Over the years, this camp has evolved into an innovative barrier-free environment offering three (3) seasons of fully accessible recreation to Maine children and adults with physical and developmental disabilities. They are Maine’s only American Camping Association-Accredited camp for people with disabilities and they are very proud of this credential.

In presenting the award, MRWA’s Tom Bahun praised Pine Tree Camp’s for their outstanding commitment to deliver safe and reliable drinking water to their campers. Harvey Chesley, Director of Facilities Management for Pine Tree Camp, accepted the award in the presence of many other public and private water & wastewater systems from across Maine, numerous town and city officials and numerous state and federal agency representatives.

The Maine Rural Water Association is a private non-profit that provides training and technical assistance to Maine’s community water systems and wastewater utilities. MRWA trains over 1200 water and wastewater operators annually.

For More Information:

Contact Name: Tom Bahun

Telephone Number: (207)837-8326

Website: http://www.mainerwa.org

Email: tbahun@mainerwa.org