Worth Noting - June 2016

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Nathan Brockman was hired as the wastewater/water operator for Story City, Iowa.

Mike Short was hired as superintendent of the Archbold (Ohio) Wastewater Treatment Plant.

Steve Reusser was hired as a senior process engineer for Ayres Associates, an engineering and consulting firm in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. He will provide wastewater and water treatment design services and operational assistance to communities throughout the Midwest.

The New Rochelle Wastewater Treatment Plant was named the Project of the Year by the Westchester/Putnam Chapter of the New York State Society of Professional Engineers.

Jonathan Brown, Water and Resource Recovery Center manager for the City of Dubuque, Iowa, retired after more than 40 years with the city. He had managed the wastewater treatment plant since 2005 and in 2014, received the William D. Hatfield Award.

Ontwa Township, Indiana, entered a three-year contract with Infrastructure Alternatives to oversee the township’s wastewater collections system.

The City of Seguin, Texas, honored wastewater treatment plant superintendent Gilbert Ybarbo and pretreatment coordinator Rene Porras as employees of the month for February 2016 for reducing phosphates in the city’s treated wastewater.

The City of Greenville joined the Michigan Water and Wastewater Agency Response Network. MiWarn is a statewide network of utilities and public works agencies designed to facilitate mutual aid and assistance during times of crisis.

The U.S. EPA is providing $50,000 in financial and technical guidance to Selma, Alabama, to help the city invest in wastewater and drinking water infrastructure. It is part of the EPA’s WaterCARE program.

Mike Baran, Beau Demko, Adam Lung and Joe Julian, wastewater operators for the Town of Vernon, Connecticut, attained their Class 2 operator licenses.

The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality awarded a $77,000 wastewater planning grant to the City of McCall for a wastewater planning study that will evaluate its lagoons and determine the extent of leakage.

The Spartanburg Water R.B. Simms Water Treatment Facility and its Landrum Water Treatment Facility of South Carolina received Directors Awards for excellence in water quality from the Partnership for Safe Drinking Water. Simms received the Partnership’s 15-Year Directors Award, and Landrum met the requirements of the Directors Award for the ninth year.

California Water Service Group promoted Gerald A. Simon to chief safety and emergency preparedness officer. He previously served as director of safety and emergency services.
Etowah Utilities won the Tennessee Association of Utility Districts regional taste competition, beating out other utilities from a 12-county area.

Andy Fish, retired engineer of the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation, received a Regional Wastewater 2015 Regional Lifetime Achievement Award from the U.S. EPA’s New England regional office. He was recognized for excellence in training and technical assistance to many wastewater professionals in New England.

The Smithfield (Rhode Island) Wastewater Treatment Plant and the Massachusetts Maritime Academy Wastewater Treatment Plant received 2015 Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant Excellence Awards from the U.S. EPA’s New England regional office.

The tap water in Eldorado Springs, Colorado, was judged best in the country at the Berkeley Springs International Water Tasting contest held in February in West Virginia.

George Michael Coley of Somers received the Wastewater Operator Certification Governance Council Award from the New York Water Environment Association.

Marshalltown (Iowa) Water Works is among the first utilities to achieve the Directors Award from the Partnership for Safe Water’s Water Treatment and Water Distribution System

Optimization programs in the same year. It is the second utility in Iowa to receive the Directors Award for treatment, and first to receive the award for distribution.

The R&W Environmental civil engineering firm in Hampshire, United Kingdom, won the Water Treatment category in the Rushlight Awards for 2015-16 for its treatment facility at Hursley that extracts drinking water from road sweepings.

The Verdigris Water Treatment Plant in Broken Arrow won the Oklahoma American Council of Engineering Companies Grand Conceptor Award for a $58 million membrane plant project.

The Town of Greentown received a Merit Award for Engineering Excellence from the American Council of Engineering Companies of Indiana. The award recognizes the efficiency of the town’s wastewater treatment plant expansion.

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June 5-8 - New England Water Environment Association/New York Water Environment Association Spring Meeting and Exhibit, Mystic Marriott Hotel & Spa, Groton, Connecticut. Visit www.newea.org or nywea.org.

June 5-8 - Pennsylvania Water Environment Association Technical Conference and Exhibition, Penn Stater Conference Center and Hotel, State College. Visit www.pwea.org.

June 9 - Central States Water Environment Association-Illinois Section Collection System Conference, Aurora University, Aurora, Illinois. Visit www.cswea.org.

June 19-22 - Michigan Water Environment Association Annual Conference, Boyne Mountain Resort, Boyne Falls. Call 517/641-7377 or visit www.mi-wea.org.

June 19-22 - AWWA Annual Conference and Exposition (ACE16), McCormick Place West, Chicago. Visit www.awwa.org.

June 27-30 - Ohio Water Environment Association Technical Conference and Exhibition, Bertram Hotel and Conference Center, Aurora. Call 614/488-5800 or visit www.ohiowea.org.

June 29-July 1 - International High-End Drinking Water Industry Expo 2016, China Import and Export Fair Complex, Guangzhou, China. Visit www.waterexpocn.com.


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