Pluris began in 2006 when a number of engineers, contractors and financial people with experience in design, operations and maintenance came together to focus on the water and wastewater needs in rural and small urban communities. Most of the group came out of large national utilities and believed there was a need for service to a segment within the industry that needed assistance with aging infrastructure and innovative ways to solve financial and technical challenges facing these communities.
Now over 12 years later the focus has not changed and Pluris provides water and wastewater utility and wholesale water delivery to 50,000 people in 4 states with additional opportunities in two additional states.
Pluris utilities provide regulated water treatment and distribution and wastewater collection and treatment services in several southeastern states. Water treatment includes advanced processes in meeting the requirements of the Safe Drinking Water Act (“SDWA”) under federal law. The SDWA was originally passed in 1974 and amended in 1986 and 1996. The Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) sets the standards for drinking water quality and oversees all states, cities and water suppliers to insure strict compliance. Customers are encouraged to visit the EPA website for to learn more about the SDWA at http://www2.epa.gov/aboutepa/epa-history-safe-drinking-water-act. Pluris is required to perform continual sampling and testing at state certified analytical laboratories throughout the year and must submit annually its Consumer Confidence Reports (“CCRs”) to the public. The CCRs list all testing required by the EPA. Current and past CCRs are all available on the Pluris website for customer review.
Wastewater collection and treatment is also regulated under federal law in what is known as the Clean Water Act (“CWA”) which originated in 1948 with significant reorganization and expansion in 1972. The CWA sets water quality standards for treatment and discharging to protect surface waters in the U.S. More information is available at EPA’s CWA website at http://www2.epa.gov/laws-regulations/summary-clean-water-act. As with drinking water Pluris is required to sample and test water quality in its wastewater treatment facilities. Analytical samples are tested at state certified laboratories and results forwarded to the agency having jurisdiction for review.
Pluris is required to staff its water and wastewater facilities with state certified operators as part of the permitting process.
Pluris takes water and wastewater treatment seriously. Pluris encourages customers to review the case summary on our new membrane bioreactor (“MBR”) wastewater treatment facilities to learn about Pluris’s commitment to the environment.