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The Champlain Water District’s Peter L. Jacob Water Treatment Facility in South Burlington, Vt., received the Phase IV 15-year Excellence in Water Treatment Award from the Partnership for Safe Water.

The Claypool Hill/Wardell Water Treatment Plant in Tazewell County, Va., received a Gold Performance Award from the Virginia Department of Health Office of Drinking Water. It is one among 25 plants across Virginia that produce water three times cleaner than required by the U.S. EPA.

The Southwestern Pennsylvania Water Authority received the Area-Wide Optimization Program Award from the Water Works Operators Association of Pennsylvania for its success in optimizing its water treatment plant’s performance.

The Savannah (Ga.) Industrial and Domestic Water Plant took first place in the Best of the Best Taste statewide taste test sponsored by the Georgia Section AWWA.

Brian R. Pickett, chief treatment plant operator for the Mobile Area Water and Sewer System, received the 2014 Charles White Award from the Alabama Water and Pollution Control Association.

Norman Patrick, wastewater lab technician for the City of Northport Wastewater Treatment Plant, received the 2014 Bolton, Crockett, Beck Award from the Alabama Water and Pollution Control Association.

The City of Wilsonville (Ore.) Wastewater Treatment Plant received a 2014 National Merit Award from the Design-Build Institute of America. Working with CH2M HILL, Wilsonville embarked on an improvement project to address population growth, aging infrastructure and more stringent discharge regulations.

Several companies in Kent, Wash., were honored for helping protect regional water quality. Facilities that outperformed wastewater discharge permit requirements in 2013 earned environmental awards from the King County Industrial Waste Program. Gold awards (compliance with wastewater discharge regulations every month in 2013 with no violations) went to Aramark Uniform & Career Apparel, Exotic Metals Forming Co., Protective Coatings and the Seattle Public Utilities Kent Highlands Landfill. Silver awards (no King County monitoring discharge violations in 2013) went to Davis Wire Corp., Esterline Hytek Finishes Co., King’s Command Foods, Ralcorp Frozen Bakery Products, Vectra Fitness, B.S.B. Diversified Co., and Qualawash Holdings.

The San Jose-Santa Clara Regional Wastewater Facility received a Gold Peak Performance Award from the National Association of Clean Water Agencies for 100 percent compliance with federal permit requirements in 2013. It was the facility’s 12th Peak Performance Award.

The City of Woodland received the 2013 Wastewater Treatment Plant Outstanding Performance Award from the Washington State Department of Ecology.

Jennings County received a $550,000 grant from the Wastewater and Drinking Water Program, managed by Indiana’s Office of Community and Rural Affairs. The grant will help with the updating of a wastewater treatment facility near Hayden.

The Economic Development Administration of New York awarded a grant to the Village of Westfield for improvements to its wastewater treatment plant. The grant awards $2,116,400 to fund upgrades and increase capacity and support expansion of the region’s grape farming industry.

The Wayne County (Mich.) Downriver Wastewater Treatment Facility earned a Platinum Peak Performance Award from the National Association of Clean Water Agencies for the third consecutive year. The award recognizes 100 percent permit compliance five or more consecutive years.

Jon Foley of the Coldwater (Mich.) Board of Public Utilities received his Municipal Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator Class B certification.

The Bowling Green (Ky.) Municipal Utilities Wastewater Treatment Plant received a 2013 Operational Excellence Award from the Kentucky/Tennessee Water Environment Association for the sixth consecutive year.

Pima County’s Tres Rios Water Reclamation Facility won a 2014 Project of the Year Award from the Arizona Chapter of the American Public Works Association in the category of Environment/More Than $75 Million. It’s the largest construction project completed in Pima County history.

St. Peter’s John Hank won the 2014 Operator of the Year Award in Class C from the Minnesota Wastewater Operators Association.



The American Water Works Association is offering a Regulatory Update Webinar Dec. 10. Visit www.awwa.org.


The Alaska Section of AWWA is offering an Elected Officials Management for Rural Utilities course Dec. 8-12 in Anchorage. Visit www.dec.alaska.gov.  


The Arkansas Environmental Training Academy is offering these courses in Camden:

  • Dec. 2-4 – Backflow Assembly Repair (Large Series)
  • Dec. 3 – Backflow Assembly Tester Recertification

Visit www.sautech.edu/aeta.

The Arkansas Rural Water Association is offering these courses:

  • Dec. 3 – Water Exam Review, Lonoke
  • Dec. 9 – Basic Math, Lonoke
  • Dec. 10 – Water Exam Review, Trumann
  • Dec. 11 – Applied Math, Lonoke
  • Dec. 16 – Advanced Distribution, Lonoke

Visit www.arkansasruralwater.org.


The California-Nevada Section of AWWA is offering these courses in Rancho Cucamonga:

  • Dec. 3 – Water Use Efficiency Grade I Workshop
  • Dec. 15 – Intermediate Water Distribution Course

Visit www.ca-nv-awwa.org.


The Rocky Mountain Water Environment Association is offering a Supervisor Certificate Program Class Dec. 9 in Parker. Visit www.rmwea.org.


The Southern Illinois University Environment Resources Training Center is offering these courses:

  • Dec. 9-12 – Cross Connection Control, Naperville
  • Dec. 15 – Class A Water Operations 1, Geneva
  • Dec. 16 – Class A Water Operations 2, Geneva

Visit www.siue.edu/ertc.


The Kansas Water Environment Association is offering these courses:

  • Dec. 5 – Special Topics: Introduction to Water and Wastewater Chemistry, Hays
  • Dec. 9 – An Examination of Your Ethics, Pratt
  • Dec. 12 – An Examination of Your Safety, Pratt
  • Dec. 17 – Introduction to Water and Wastewater Conveyance, Garden City
  • Dec. 29 – Small Wastewater Systems, Dodge City

Visit www.kwea.net.


The Michigan Section of AWWA is offering a Safe Water in Ecuador Contribution Form online course Dec. 31. Visit www.mi-water.org.

The Michigan Water Environment Association is offering a Fundamentals of Solids Handling Seminar Dec. 4 in Grand Rapids. Visit www.mi-wea.org.


The Ohio Water Environment Association is offering a Biosolids Workshop Dec. 11 in Lewis Center. Visit www.ohiowea.org.

New Jersey

The New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station Office of Continuing Professional Education is offering these courses in New Brunswick:

  • Dec. 3-5 – Operation and Maintenance of Pumps
  • Dec. 9 – Operation and Maintenance of Water Treatment Filters
  • Dec. 17 – Water Management and Drainage

Visit www.cpe.rutgers.edu.

New York

The New York Section of AWWA is offering these courses:

  • Dec. 8 – Basic Laboratory Skills, Poughkeepsie
  • Dec. 10 – Hydrant and Water Main O&M, Woodbury

Visit www.nysawwa.org.

North Carolina

The North Carolina Section of AWWA is offering a Contemporary Topics in Water/Wastewater Construction course Dec. 9 in Greenville. Visit www.ncsafewater.org.


The Rose State College Oklahoma Environmental Training Center is offering these courses in Midwest City:

  • Dec. 1-2 – D-Water Operator
  • Dec. 3-4 – D-Wastewater Operator
  • Dec. 8-11 – C-Wastewater Lab Operator

Visit www.rose.edu/oklahoma-environmental-training-center.

Accurate Environmental in Oklahoma is offering these courses:

  • Dec. 2-4 – D Water and Wastewater Operator, Stillwater
  • Dec. 8 – General Refresher for Water Operators, Stillwater
  • Dec. 8-9 – C Water Operator, Stillwater
  • Dec. 10-11 – C Wastewater Operator, Tulsa
  • Dec. 15-18 – C Wastewater Laboratory, Stillwater
  • Dec. 16-18 – D Water and Wastewater Operator, Tulsa

Visit www.accuratelabs.com/classschedule.php.


The Texas Water Utilities Association is offering these courses:

  • Dec. 1-3 – Utilities Management, El Paso
  • Dec. 2-4 – Water Distribution, Longview
  • Dec. 9-11 – Distribution, Carrollton

Visit www.twua.org.


The Wisconsin Rural Water Association is offering these courses:

  • Dec. 9 – General Safety, Plover
  • Dec. 11 – Regional Utility Management, Watertown

Visit www.wrwa.org.

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is offering these courses:

  • Dec. 3-5 – Sanitary Sewer and Collection System Engineering, Madison
  • Dec. 9-11 – Fundamentals of Modern Wastewater Treatment, Milwaukee
  • Dec. 15-17 – Key Processes of Wastewater Transport and Control, Milwaukee
  • Dec. 17-19 – Safe and Efficient Fresh Water Transport and Distribution, Milwaukee

Visit http://dnr.wi.gov.  

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