Worth Noting - December 2015

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David Mutombo joined Hatch Mott MacDonald’s Water and Wastewater Practices consulting engineering firm in the company’s office in Burlington, Ontario.

The Encina (California) Wastewater Authority’s Encina Water Pollution Control Facility received a Platinum Award from the National Association of Clean Water Agencies.

Bowling Green Municipal Utilities’ Wastewater Treatment Plant received an Operational Excellence Award for the fifth consecutive year from the Kentucky/Tennessee Water Environment Association. The plant also received the Control Authority Pretreatment Excellence Award.

Ron Wolf, Bowling Green Municipal Utilities water/wastewater crews superintendent, received the Golden Manhole Award from the Kentucky/Tennessee Water Environment Association for dedication to the wastewater collections field.

The Greer (South Carolina) Commission of Public Works received a Peak Performance Gold Award from the National Association of Clean Water Agencies.

The Clayton County Water Authority’s Shoal Creek Water Reclamation Facility received a Wastewater Plant of the Year award from the Georgia Association of Water Professionals.

The Immokalee Water and Sewer District received the 2015 Florida Water and Pollution Control Operators’ Outstanding Website Award.

The City of Bloomington, Illinois, named Robert Yehl water department director. Yehl has worked for the city since 2013 as assistant city engineer.

The Ohio Water Environment Association presented Josh Holton from the Southwest Licking Water and Sewer District with the P.W.O. Award, honoring front-line workers who contribute practical applications, professionalism and dedication to their wastewater treatment systems. Holton is a Class III operator at the 4.3 mgd Gale Road Environmental Control Facility.

The Long Beach (California) Board of Water Commissioners named Christopher Garner general manager of the Long Beach Water Department. He replaces Kevin

Wattier, who retired in October after 35 years with the department.

The Bristol (Tennessee) Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant was recognized by the Kentucky-­Tennessee Chapter of the Water Environment Association for operational excellence during 2014. This is the sixth time the plant has received the award.

TimkenSteel Corp. won gold and silver awards for its water treatment program from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency for using a new compound that reduces chemical use by 90 percent, saving the company 777,000 pounds of chemicals per year. It also reduces solids by more than 2 million pounds annually and saves $30,000 per year.

The California Association of Sanitation Agencies presented an Achievement Award for Organizational Excellence to the San José-Santa Clara Regional Wastewater Facility capital improvement program for managerial excellence during startup and validation of a $1.5 billion, 10-year program, the first part of a $2.1 billion improvement plan over a 30-year period.

The San Francisco Bay Regional Water Quality Control Board presented the Central Contra Costa Sanitary District with the WuHoo! Award, in memory of former board employee Dr. Teng-chung Wu, an early advocate for pollution prevention. The award recognizes the district’s leadership in public education about problems caused by flushable wipes.

The American Society of Civil Engineers San Luis Obispo Section recognized the City of Paso Robles wastewater treatment plant upgrade as its Project of the Year. The new treatment process will serve the city for 30 to 40 years and enable future production of high-quality recycled water. The $47 million upgrade is the largest infrastructure project in the city’s history.

Jim Maynes was appointed superintendent of the new wastewater treatment plant in Sioux City, Iowa.

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Dec. 8-9 - North American Water Loss 2015 Conference, Georgia International Convention Center, Atlanta. Visit www.gawp.org/event/NAWL15.

Dec. 8-10 - POWER-GEN 2015, Las Vegas Convention Center, Nevada. Visit www.power-gen.com.

Dec. 15-17 - National Groundwater Association Groundwater Expo, Las Vegas Convention Center. Visit www.groundwaterexpo.com.


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