Worth Noting - August 2016

People/Awards; Calendar


Dan Skidmore was hired as manager for the District of Sooke Wastewater Treatment Plant in British Columbia, Canada.

The Price River Water Improvement District received the Most Improved Wastewater System award for 2015 from the Utah Rural Water Association.

Donald Mortensen, senior maintenance operator for the Price River Water Improvement District, received the Wastewater Operator of the Year award for 2015 from the Utah Rural Water 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. Under his leadership, the department developed direct potable reuse of wastewater effluent.

The wastewater treatment facility in Cedartown, Georgia, has been renamed the J.L. “Jay” Wright Wastewater Treatment Facility, in honor of Jay Wright, who served for 35 years as the wastewater superintendent.

Garver Engineering of Conway, Arkansas, received the People’s Choice Award from the American Council of Engineering Companies-Arkansas for its work with Conway wastewater improvements.

Jayne Swift, wastewater treatment plant manager for the City of Crestview, won a Safety Award from the Florida Water Environment Association.

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

Rex Blanton, wastewater training director for Alliance of Indiana Rural Water, was named one of the seven members of the Indiana State Soil Conservation Board.

Team Aquatech Solutions won the 2016 British Columbia Water & Waste Association Student Design Competition. The team comprises environmental engineering students Leah MacGillivray, Matthew Waldie, Kelsey Baker, Danielle Gutwillinger, Trudy Miller and Travis Reid from the University of British Columbia and the University of Northern British Columbia.

Teams were asked to design a process for the Resort Municipality of Whistler Wastewater Treatment Plant to reduce phosphorus discharge to the Cheakamus River.

Members of ESG Operations partnerships were recognized by the Georgia Association of Water Professionals.

  • District 2 Wastewater Top Op: Tyson Page
  • District 4 Wastewater Top Op: Dexter Thornton
  • District 5 Distribution Top Op: Kyle Powell
  • District 5 Wastewater Top Op: Bennie Williams
  • District 7 Collections Top Op: Brian Rowland
  • District 7 Distribution Top Op: Casey Marshall
  • District 7 Wastewater Top Op: Chris McLarnon
  • District 7 Water Top Op: Thomas Coker
  • Water Reclamation Facility of the Year (Advanced Treatment 1.1 to 2.9 mgd), James A. King WWTP, City of Barnesville
  • Water Reclamation Facility of the Year (Secondary Treatment 1.1 to 9.99 mgd), Cedar Creek WWTP, City of Winder
  • Water Reclamation Facility of the Year (Non-discharging 1 mgd or less), Parkstone at the Bridges, Forsyth County
  • Biosolids/Residuals Program of Excellence Award (Small operating system less than 5 dry tons), City of Douglas Southeast Water Pollution Control Plant
  • Gold Awards: City of Augusta Utilities, James B. Messerly Wastewater Treatment Plant; City of Barnesville James A. King Wastewater Treatment Plant; City of Perry Water Pollution Control Plant; City of Warner Robins Ocmulgee River Water Pollution Control Plant; City of Winder Marburg Creek and Cedar Creek Wastewater Treatment Plants and Marburg Creek Reuse; Forsyth County Dick Creek and James Creek Water Reclamation Facilities; Rockdale Water Resources Quigg Branch, Snapping Shoals, Honey Creek and Scott Creek Water Pollution Control Plants
  • Platinum Awards: City of Waycross Wastewater Treatment Plant; Forsyth County, Manor Water Reuse Facility, Parkstone at the Bridges and Windermere Water Reuse Facility; Rockdale Water Resources Almand Branch Water Pollution Control Plant

The City of Rockford, Illinois, named Kyle Saunders water superintendent, replacing Tim Holdeman and interim superintendent Greg Cassaro.

The City of St. Petersburg Water Resources Department was recognized by the Florida Water Environment Association (FWEA) for outstanding achievement at the city’s three water reclamation facilities and for its wastewater collections system. The city was honored as the Reuse System of the Year in the large system category for the Southwest, Northwest and Northeast Water Reclamation Plants. The Southwest received the Environmental Stewardship Award for Odor Control. Lane Longley, wastewater maintenance manager, was inducted into the Golden Manhole Society. Craven Askew, chief operator of the Northeast Plant, won the William D. Hatfield Award.

The Greeneville Water Department was named the Region 1 winner in the Tennessee Association of Utility District’s Best Tasting Water Competition.

The City of Moultrie water system received a Gold Award for no permit violations from the Georgia Association of Water Professionals.

Tim Doersam replaced Ernie Hinkle as water and gas manager in Jasper, Indiana.

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

Kyle Shimabuku, a doctoral student at the University of Colorado at Boulder, received the AWWA 2016 American Water Scholarship of $5,000.

The Eagle Mountain Sewer Department received the Outstanding Wastewater Service to Customers Award from the Rural Water Association of Utah.

The Scarborough (Rhode Island) Wastewater Treatment Plant received the Gold Award for a flawless record in 2015 from the Narragansett Water Pollution Control Association (NWPCA).

The Price River Water Improvement District received the Most Improved Wastewater System award for 2015 from the Utah Rural Water Association.

The Jordan Wastewater Treatment Plant received a Certificate of Commendation from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) for perfect permit compliance in 2015.

City of Campbell River employee Ed Travanut was named the British Columbia Water & Wastewater Association 2016 Operator of the Year. He received the Excellence in the Water and Waste Industry Victor M. Terry Operator Award.

Mike Sims of the Mobile Area Water and Sewer System received the William D. Hatfield Award from the Alabama Water Environment Association.

The City of Stayton treatment plant was named Wastewater Plant of the Year for 2015 by the West Central Section of Oregon of the Pacific Northwest Clean Water Association.

The South Dakota Department of Transportation Pierre and Rapid City Regions wastewater treatment systems received the 2015 Operation and Maintenance Wastewater Treatment Award from the state Department of Environment and Natural Resources.

The Greenville Utilities Charles Horne Water Treatment Plant, and the F.G. Doggett Water Plant and the S.L. Spencer Water Plant in Mount Airy received the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality Area Wide Optimization Award.

The City of Salisbury won Best Tasting Water in Maryland honors in the Maryland Rural Water Association Toasting the Tap competition.

The Town of Friday Harbor received the Washington State Department of Health Treatment Optimization Program Award for the third consecutive year.

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Aug. 30 - Sept. 1 - Kansas Water Environment Association and American Water Works Association-Kansas Section Joint Annual Conference, Capitol Plaza Hotel, Topeka. Visit www.kwea.net.

Aug. 30 - Sept. 2 - Chesapeake Section AWWA Annual Conference, Ocean City, Maryland. Visit www.csawwa.org.

Aug. 31 - Sept. 1 - The Water Expo 2016, MACC Convention Center, Miami, Florida. Visit www.thewaterexpo.com.


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