People/Awards; Calendar


The Richmond Lake Sanitary District Wastewater Treatment System earned an Operation and Maintenance Wastewater Treatment Award from the South Dakota Department of Environment and Natural Resources.

The Conservation Foundation presented the city of Elmhurst (Illinois) Wastewater Treatment Plant with a Clean Water Award.

The village of Potsdam’s Robert Henninger was named the 2016 Wastewater Operation Specialist of the Year by the New York Rural Water Association.

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The city of Amarillo, Texas, announced the hiring of Robert Patrick as Public Works director and Russell Grubbs as utilities director.

Kishia L. Powell was named the commissioner of the Atlanta (Georgia) Department of Watershed Management.

The Georgia Association of Water Professionals named the Henry County Water Authority’s Bear Creek Water Reclamation Facility the state’s best wastewater plant in the category non-discharging plants with 1.1 to 10 mgd capacity.

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The Scarborough (Rhode Island) Sewer Treatment Plant received a Gold Award from the Narragansett Water Pollution Control Association for having zero permit violations in 2015.

Killis Sinkhorn, who has been supervisor of the Winchester (Kentucky) Municipal Utilities Wastewater Treatment Plant for 16 years and is planning to retire soon, was honored by the WMU Commission for his service and received a commemorative plaque.

Ray Wolf, an Enterprise (Alabama) Water Works Department certified water operator, received the city’s Extra Mile Award, nominated by residents who wrote to Alan Mahan, field superintendent, about Wolf’s service above and beyond the call of duty.

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The town of Madison Water Filtration Plant received the Area-Wide Optimization Award for 2015. Of the 150 surface water systems in the state of North Carolina, only 56 received the award.

The city of Wallowa, Oregon, and Travis Goebel, Public Works director, won awards for the city’s new $4 million, 100 percent federally funded water system. The city won the 2015 Water Project of the Year from the Eastern Oregon Region of the AWWA/Pacific Northwest Clean Water Association. Goebel was named 2015 Water Operator of the Year.

The Lake County (Ohio) Department of Utilities received the Directors Award of Recognition from the Partnership for Safe Water for both of its water treatment plants. Lake County East Water Treatment Plant is in Painesville and the West Water Treatment Plant is in Willoughby.

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The Prince William County (Virginia) Service Authority’s H.L. Mooney Advanced Water Reclamation Facility won a third consecutive Platinum Peak Performance Award from the National Association of Clean Water Agencies.

  • Several honors were distributed at the 2016 Delaware Water and Wastewater Professionals Annual Award Ceremony:
  • Ronald Foreman, Water Department director in the town of Bethany Beach, 2015 Water Professional of the Year
  • Aleksey Reznik, project manager with Veolia North America, 2015 Wastewater Professional of the Year
  • Ronald E. Graeber, program manager 1 with the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control Groundwater Discharge Section, Allen J. Williams Lifetime Achievement Award
  • John G. Hayes, environmental scientist with the state Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control, On-Site Professional of the Year
  • Tidewater Utilities team of Bryan Blake, Clarence Quillen, Dean Serman, Scott Walls and Rob Wilkerson, Water/Wastewater Professionals Team Award

Bloomington, Minnesota, was named Best of the Best in the Tap Water Taste Test at the AWWA annual conference in Chicago. Second place went to Iola, Kansas, and third went to Canajoharie, New York.

The Wastewater Replenishment District of Southern California netted a Gold Nugget Award of Merit at the PCBC builders conference in San Francisco for its Groundwater Reliability Improvement Project (GRIP). The GRIP will use state-of-the-art technology to recycle billions of gallons of recycled water annually to replenish the local groundwater basin.

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The Macon Water Authority and its personnel received multiple awards from the Georgia Association of Water Professionals:

  • William Brown, Top Water Plant Operator award, District 5
  • Jarvis Fennelle, District 5 Top Op Award for wastewater treatment plant operators
  • Frank C. Amerson Jr. Water Treatment Plant, Plant of the Year, 50 mgd and up
  • MWA’s tap water, Best Tasting in District 5

In addition, the Amerson plant received a Gold Award and the Rocky Creek Water Reclamation Facility a Platinum Award from the National Association of Clean Water Agencies.

Jim Hewitt, Akron city engineer, received the Collection System Award from the Ohio Water Environment Association.

The Michigan Chapter of the American Public Works Association presented Grand Rapids with its 2016 Project of the Year award for a Water Resource Recovery Facility’s energy efficiency program that is saving taxpayers $2.2 million in energy costs through 2031.

The East Valley Water District of Highland, California, received the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting from the Government Finance Officers Association. It is the highest recognition in government accounting and financial reporting.


Oct. 4-6 Iowa Section AWWA Annual Conference, Altoona. Visit

Oct. 4-7 Western Canada Section AWWA Annual Conference, Calgary, Alberta. Visit

Oct. 5-7 WaterSmart Innovations Conference, South Point Hotel and Conference Center, Las Vegas. Visit

Oct. 9-11 Alabama-Mississippi Section AWWA Annual Conference, Montgomery, Alabama. Visit

Oct. 11-13 North Dakota Section AWWA Annual Conference, Minot. Visit

Oct. 12-13 New England Water Environment Association Northeast Residuals and Biosolids Conference and Exhibit, Radisson Hotel, Cromwell, Connecticut. Visit

Oct. 23-25 Southwest Section AWWA Annual Conference, Rogers, Arkansas. Visit

Oct. 24-27 California-Nevada Section AWWA Annual Conference, San Diego. Visit

Oct. 30-Nov. 2 2016 Water Infrastructure Conference & Exposition, Arizona Grand Resort & Spa, Phoenix. Visit

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