Worth Noting - July 2016

People/Awards; Calendar


The Fayetteville (North Carolina) Public Works Commission received a Wastewater Collection System of the Year award from the North Carolina AWWA-WEA.

The City of Bisbee received the Clean Water Project of the Year award from the Water Infrastructure Finance Authority of Arizona for a solar addition at the San Jose Wastewater Treatment Plant.

Clearford Water Systems won the 2016 Corporate Innovation Award from the Ontario Onsite Wastewater Association for its innovative Pay for Performance financing model.

The Massachusetts Maritime Academy Wastewater Treatment Plant in Buzzard’s Bay and the Burrillville (Rhode Island) Sewer Commission received 2015 Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant Excellence Awards from the U.S. EPA.

George Michael Coley of Somers received the Wastewater Operator Certification Governance Council Award from the New York WEA. Coley is first deputy commissioner of the Westchester County Department of Environmental Facilities in New Rochelle. He serves on the NYWEA Member Education Committee and the Succession Task Force and is a licensed professional engineer.

Robert K. Fullagar, director of distribution with Middlesex Water Company, received the Harold V. Florence Meritorious Operator Award from the AWWA New Jersey Section.

The City of Norwalk’s wastewater treatment plants received $351,824 through the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection’s Nitrogen Credit Exchange Program. The money will go to the Norwalk Water Pollution Control Authority.

The Town of Greentown received a Merit Award for Engineering Excellence from the American Council of Engineering Companies of Indiana, recognizing the efficiency of the town’s wastewater treatment plant expansion. Working with Wessler Engineering, the town used energy-efficient technology and equipment to expand capacity, supporting economic and residential growth while saving money on energy and disposal costs.

The Grand Rapids Public Utility received a 2015 Wastewater Treatment Facility Operational Award from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency.

The Le Center Wastewater Treatment Facility received a Certificate of Commendation from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency for perfect compliance in 2015.

Bruce Johnson, global technology leader for wastewater simulation with CH2M Hill, was named an IWA Fellow by the International Water Association.

John Douglas, operator at Rural Water District No. 2, Trego County, was named Rural Water Operator of the Year by the Kansas Rural Water Association.

Kina Patterson, customer service and sales representative with American Water Resources, received the Customer Engagement Professional Award from the Professional Association for Customer Engagement (PACE).  

Jeffrey H. Staul of the Greenville Water Authority received the Water Operator of the Year award from the Pennsylvania Rural Water Association.

Kim Benjamin, who has served 33 years with the Bradford City Water Authority, will retire as executive director in August. He received the Guy E. Shaffer Lifetime Achievement Award during his last conference with the Pennsylvania Rural Water Association.

Harold Legge was named water operator of the year in the volunteer category at the 15th Annual Clean and Safe Drinking Water Workshop in Gander, sponsored by the Newfoundland and Labrador Department of Environment and Conservation. Legge was chosen for his work maintaining the Flat Bay West/Birchy Brook water supply.

Indiana American Water recognized employee Charles Kelley for 60 years of service. He started with Gary-Hobart Water Corporation in 1956 and now works as a field services representative. He is American Water’s longest-tenured employee.

The Menlo Park (California) Municipal Water District earned a Silicon Valley Water Conservation Award for its cumulative 47 percent water savings since Gov. Jerry Brown ordered a statewide reduction of water use in June 2015.

Geneva Kaiser of Jamestown received the Outstanding Water Works Employee award from the North Dakota Rural Water Systems Association.

The Glasgow Water Company water treatment plant at Lucas was recognized as the top water treatment facility in its state by the Kentucky Water and Wastewater Operators Association.

Daniel Nix, utilities operations manager for the Wichita Falls (Texas) Public Works Department, received the American Public Works Association’s Charles Walter Nichols Award for Environmental Excellence.  

Michigan State University professor Joan Rose received the 2016 Stockholm Water Prize. Rose, a global water science expert and Homer Nowlin Chair in Water Research, is recognized for her research on microbial risk to human health in water, her successful translation of the science to policymakers, and her leadership in developing the tools and guidelines required to give policy and regulatory life to the science.

The City of Weatherford Water/Wastewater Department received the the Municipal Wastewater Treatment Plant of the Year award from the Water Environment Association of Texas.

Two employees of Leitchfield Utilities received awards from the Kentucky Water & Wastewater Operators’ Association. Angel Saltsman received the 2015 J.C. Chambers Award for Wastewater Operator of the Year. Robin Strader, chief wastewater plant operator, received the 2015 Nicholas Award for designing and implementing a field-only lab certification training.

The Village of Perry, New York, was named Water System of the Year by the New York Rural Water Association.

Tim Doersam will replace Ernie Hinkle as water and gas manager in Jasper, Indiana. Doersam has been with the water department since 1994, and in 2007 became water filtration foreman. Hinkle was applauded for his more than 30 years of service to the city.

TPO welcomes your contributions to this listing. To recognize members of your team, please send notices of new hires, promotions, service milestones, certifications or achievements to editor@tpomag.com.


July 10-13 - Georgia AWWA Section Annual Conference, Savannah. Visit www.gawwa.org.

July 10-13 - Nutrient Removal and Recovery Specialty Conference, presented by the Water Environment Federation, International Water Association, Rocky Mountain WEA and Water Environment Research Foundation; Hyatt Regency, Denver, Colorado. Visit www.wef.org.

July 17-20 - Kentucky-Tennessee WEA Conference, Knoxville (Tennessee) Convention Center. Visit www.kytnwea.org.

July 17-20 - Kentucky-Tennessee Section AWWA Annual Conference, Knoxville Convention Center. Visit www.kytnawwa.org.

July 26-29 - AWWA 2016 Summer Workshop & Education Summit, downtown Denver, Colorado. Visit www.awwa.org.


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