Dawn McCoy likes to leave things better than when she found them. That attitude has served her well during her 18-year career in the water professions.

Her hard work has led to a series of promotions, from laboratory technician/operator to field operations manager, area manager and finally project manager at the McComb (Miss.) Regional Wastewater Treatment Facility.

Today, as a Class IV senior wastewater operator, she manages four team members and is responsible for operations, maintenance, accounting and paperwork at the plant, operated by Severn Trent Services through a public-private partnership with the city.

Video shot by Philip Hall.