Worth Noting - January 2015

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The River Road and Hollywood Road wastewater treatment facilities in Amarillo, Texas, received Peak Performance Awards from the National Association of Clean Water Agencies.

Carlos Zuniga was hired as a principal project manager for engineering company Hatch Mott MacDonald and will be based in Burlington, Ontario. He has more than 20 years of experience in the water and wastewater industry, with a focus on SCADA, automation, power systems and energy management.

The Emerald Coast Utilities Authority received a Gold Peak Performance Award from the National Association of Clean Water Agencies to honor the Central Water Reclamation Facility in Cantonment, Fla.

The New Mexico Region Sustainability Team of CH2M HILL received the 2014 Sustainability Award from the Rocky Mountain Water Environment Association for its sustainable wastewater infrastructure efforts in New Mexico.

Mark James, an employee with the Redmond Wastewater Division, received the 2014 Oregon Collections System Operator of the Year Award from the Pacific Northwest Clean Water Association.

Brad Baird was named the administrator of Public Works and Utility Services for the City of Tampa, Fla.

Cleveland Utilities received the Operational Excellence Award from the Kentucky-Tennessee Water Environment Association.

West Hamlin Water was named Water System of the Year by the West Virginia Rural Water Association. Lonnie Wilson, plant operator, was runner-up for the Operator of the Year category.

The Butler (Texas) Water Supply Corporation honored Rodney Watkins for 25 years of service. He started in 1989 as a water operator assistant and is now the senior certified water operator/manager.

The National Association of Water Companies recognized Duyen Tran of CH2M HILL as the grand prize winner for the 2014 NAWC Living Water Award. The NAWC also presented Julee Womack of American Water Military Services Group with the NAWC Living Water Award.

The Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure gave the Tarrant Regional Water District of North Central Texas the Envision sustainable infrastructure rating system Silver award for its Line J, Section 1 Pipeline project. The pipeline was designed by Freese and Nichols.

The South San Joaquin (Calif.) Irrigation District received the 2014 WaterSave Technology Award for its Division 9 pressurized piping system, which gives customers flexibility on when they take delivery and how the water is distributed.

Harvard professor John Briscoe received the Stockholm Water Prize, the “Nobel Prize of Water,” for his work on global water policies. He has worked in multiple places including Bangladesh, Mozambique and Brazil.

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The Arkansas Environmental Training Academy is offering these courses:

  • Jan. 2-16 – Basic Water Treatment, online
  • Jan. 12-16 – Backflow Assembly Tester Recertification, online
  • Jan. 16-30 – Basic Water Distribution, online
  • Jan. 19-23 – Backflow Assembly Tester, Little Rock
  • Jan. 20 – Backflow Assembly Tester Recertification, Little Rock
  • Jan. 20 – Basic Water Math, Camden
  • Jan. 21 – Applied Water Math, Camden
  • Jan. 22 – PWS Compliance, Camden
  • Jan. 26-30 – Backflow Assembly Tester, Camden
  • Jan. 27 – Backflow Assembly Tester Recertification, Camden
  • Jan. 27-29 – Intermediate Water Distribution, North Little Rock

Visit www.sautech.edu/aeta/

British Columbia

The British Columbia Water & Waste Association is offering an Advanced Sanitary Sewer Modeling and Master Planning Seminar Jan. 22 in Burnaby. Visit www.bcwwa.org.


The California-Nevada Section of AWWA is offering an Intermediate Water Treatment course Jan. 12 in Rancho Cucamonga. Visit www.ca-nv-awwa.org.


The Rocky Mountain Water Environment Association is offering a Supervisor Certificate Program course Jan. 8 in Parker. Visit www.rmwea.org.


The Illinois Water Environment Association is offering a Government Affairs Conference on Jan. 23 in Burr Ridge. Visit www.iweasite.org.

The Illinois Section of AWWA is offering a Manage for Success: Effective Utility Leadership Practices course Jan. 5 to Feb. 2 in Rockford. Visit www.isawwa.org.


The Kansas Water Environment Association is offering these courses:

  • Jan. 21 – Asset Management, Salina
  • Jan. 22 – Ultrasound and UV, Hugoton
  • Jan. 29 – Wastewater Treatment, Liberal

Visit www.kwea.net.

New Jersey

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

  • Jan. 8 – Instrumentation for Water/Wastewater Operations, New Brunswick
  • Jan. 22 – Writing Skills for Utility and Operations Personnel, New Brunswick
  • Jan. 29 and Feb. 5 – Safe Drinking Water Act Regulatory Update, New Brunswick

Visit www.cpe.rutgers.edu.


Accurate Environmental in Oklahoma is offering these courses:

  • Jan. 2 – Open Exam Session, Stillwater
  • Jan. 6-8 – D Water and Wastewater Operator, Stillwater
  • Jan. 9 – Open Exam Session, Tulsa
  • Jan. 14-16 – C Water Operator, Tulsa
  • Jan. 20-22 – D Water and Wastewater Operator, Tulsa
  • Jan. 26-29 – C Water Laboratory, Stillwater

Visit www.accuratelabs.com/classschedule.php.


The Texas Water Utilities Association is offering these courses:

  • Jan. 6-8 – CSI/CCC, Lindale
  • Jan. 13-15 – Collection, Carrollton

Visit www.twua.org.


The Intermountain Section AWWA is offering a Leadership Forum Jan. 14 in West Jordan. Visit www.ims-awwa.org.


The Wisconsin Rural Water Association is offering these courses:

  • Jan. 8 – Sampling 2015, Tomahawk
  • Jan. 13 – Sampling 2015, Saukville
  • Jan. 14 – Cross Connection Hazards and Your Water System, Appleton
  • Jan. 14 – Winter Operations, Appleton

Visit www.wrwa.org.

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is offering a Distribution Certification course Jan. 27-28 in Fond du Lac. Visit http://dnr.wi.gov.  


Jan. 22

AWWA Water Energy Summit, Utah Governments Trust Building, North Salt Lake, Utah. Visit www.ims-awwa.org.

Jan. 22-23

Michigan Water Environment Association Wastewater Administrators Conference, Bavarian Inn, Frankenmuth. Call 517/641-7377 or visit www.mi-wea.org.

Jan. 25-28

New England Water Environment Association Annual Conference and Exhibit, Boston Marriott Copley Place Hotel, Boston. Visit www.newea.org.


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