The West Valley Sanitation District, which maintains and operates the sanitation sewer system for Campbell, Los Gatos, Monte Sereno, Saratoga and unincorporated areas in the western part of Santa Clara County, has received a state award recognizing best safety and risk-control efforts in waste water programs, according to officials with the agency.
The district, which also provides wastewater collection and disposal services for the above-mentioned municipalities, earned the SHELL [Safety, Health, Environment, Liability and Losses] Award from the California Sanitation Risk Management Authority.
The honor highlights organizations that are proactive in reducing all types of risk such as preventing employee injury or a sewage spill, according to Los Gatos Council Member Diane McNutt.
As the recipient of the SHELL Award, the district received a $10,000 cash prize which was equally divided among all of its 26 employees, McNutt said.
“We are extremely honored to be the first agency in California to receive the SHELL Award,” said District Manager Robert Reid. “Proactive risk control is not just the right thing to do, it makes good business sense. Losses are costly and disruptive to our customers. The outstanding results we’ve achieved are a tribute to everyone in our agency working together to improve safety and reduce risks and liability.”