Worth Noting - January 2016

People/Awards; Events


John Cruz, Big Valley Rancheria Tribal System operator, received the 2015 Tribal Water/Wastewater Operator of the Year award from the Inter Tribal Council of Arizona National Tribal Water and Wastewater Operator Program.

The Padre Dam Municipal Water District in Santee, California, received the District of Distinction accreditation from the Special District Leadership Foundation for sound fiscal management. It provides wastewater, water, recycled water and recreation services to about 100,000 residents and treats 2 mgd of wastewater at its Ray Stoyer Water Recycling Facility.

Jim Maynes started his new position as wastewater treatment plant superintendent for Sioux City, Iowa.

Two employees of Alliance Water Resources were honored at the Missouri Water and Wastewater Conference. Bart Downing, a division manager, received the A.V. Graf Award, and Jordan Hayworth, plant operator in Elsberry, received the Young Professionals Award.

The Manchester (Washington) Treatment Plant received the Wastewater Treatment Plant Outstanding Performance Award for the 20th year in a row. It’s the only plant in the state to receive that award every year since its inception.

New Jersey American Water appointed Shawn Bunting as vice president and deputy general counsel for American Water, and divisional general counsel and secretary for the company’s Northeast Division.

Kip Peters was hired as water and wastewater utilities director in Hudson, Wisconsin. He previously served as utilities director at Fox Lake, Wisconsin, for 14 years.

The Bristol (Tennessee) Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant was recognized by the Kentucky­ Tennessee Chapter of the Water Environment Association for operational excellence in 2014. The honor is for plants that have no more than one NPDES permit excursion during the calendar year.

Tyler White, wastewater operator III with the City of Sequim, Washington, received the Wastewater Operator IV Certification from the Washington State Department of Ecology.

The Houlton (Maine) Water Company was named a 2015 Utility of the Year by the New England Water Works Association in the medium-sized systems category.

The U.S. EPA recognized the Sonoma-Marin Saving Water Partnership as the Professional Certifying Organization Partner of the Year for its Qualified Water Efficient Landscape professional certification program. The Municipal Water District of Orange County (California) received an Excellence Award for its Sprinkler Spruce-Up campaign promoting WaterSense labeled weather-based irrigation controllers.

Connecticut Water Company received a 2015 Management Innovation Award from the National Association of Water Companies for its Customer Protection Program.

The Mississippi Water Environment Association recognized the Long Beach/Pass Christian Wastewater Treatment Plant, managed by Larry Moxley, as its Wastewater Plant of the Year.

Brent Reneau, Hamilton (Illinois) Water Department head operator, was named Surface Water Operator of the Year by the Illinois Potable Water Supply Operators Association and the Illinois EPA.

Rebecca F. West, chief operating officer with Spartanburg (South Carolina) Water, was named a Fellow of the Water Environment Federation.

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Jan. 24-27 - New England Water Environment Association 2016 Annual Conference and Exhibit, Boston Marriott Hotel/Copley Place, Massachusetts. Visit www.newea.org.

Jan. 25-28 - Indiana Section AWWA 2016 Annual Conference, Marriott Hotel, downtown Indianapolis. Visit www.inawwa.org.

Jan. 25-28 - AWWA 2016 International Symposiums – Potable Reuse and Biological Treatment, Renaissance, Long Beach, California. Visit www.awwa.org.

Jan. 27-28 - Nebraska Water Environment Association Snowball Conference, Holiday Inn and Conference Center, Kearney. Visit www.ne-wea.org.


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