Worth Noting - November 2016

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The sanitation districts of Los Angeles County received Peak Performance Awards from the National Association of Clean Water Agencies. Platinum Awards went to the Los Coyotes and Saugus water reclamation plants, and the Joint Water Pollution Control Plant in Carson. The Lancaster, Palmdale and Pomona water reclamation plants received Gold Awards, and the La Canada, Long Beach, San Jose Creek, Valencia and Whittier Narrows water reclamation plants earned Silver Awards.

The city of Litchfield (Illinois) Wastewater Treatment Facility was honored by the city council for having no lost-time accidents in 20 years.

Decatur Utilities’ Dry Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant received the 2016 Best Operated Plant award (greater than 10 mgd) at the Alabama Water Pollution Control Conference. John Beard, wastewater plant superintendent, received the 2016 Bolton-Crockett-Beck Award for service to the association and outstanding accomplishment.

Cleveland T. Grimes posthumously won the Golden Manhole Award from the Kentucky-Tennessee Water Environment Association. Grimes, who died in 2016, was executive director of the Hamilton County (Tennessee) Water and Wastewater Treatment Authority.

The sewer line crew members in the Wastewater Division within the city of Milford (Connecticut) Department of Public Works were named employees of the month for July 2016. The selection committee chose the team for their dedication and outstanding customer service. The crew includes Craig George, Gary Brown, Dan Sennett and Nick Digioia.

Adrian Martin, Ashley Dove, James Foust and Brandon Wilcox of the city of Columbia (South Carolina) Metro Wastewater Treatment Plant received the 2016 Water Heroes Award from the Water Environment Federation for their actions during a major flood in October 2015. More than 150 million gallons of sewage was surging into the treatment plant, and a nearby dike was threatening to break. The workers were told to shut down the plant and evacuate, but the four stayed to ensure that the wastewater would not contaminate the Congaree River and, ultimately, the city’s drinking water.

The Conservation Foundation awarded the city of Elmhurst (Illinois) Wastewater Plant with the Clean Water Award.

The Glenbard (Illinois) Wastewater Treatment Facility received the George W. Burke Jr. Safety Award from the Central States Water Environment Association and the Clean Water Award from The Conservation Foundation.

Richard Suvlu, an operator at Barrow Utilities and Electric Coop, received a Meritorious Service Award from the AWWA Alaska Section.

Stanley Keith Martin, superintendent of the Mud Creek Water Pollution Control Plant in Valdosta, won the N.M. DeJarnette Award from the Georgia Association of Water Professionals for operations excellence, operator training and advancing the operations field.

Pine Bluff (Arkansas) Wastewater Utility Boyd Point Treatment Plant received a National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA) Platinum Peak Performance Award after seven consecutive years of 100 percent permit compliance.

The Emerald Coast Utilities Authority in Florida received a Gold Excellence Award in the composting category for its biosolids composting facility from the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA).

The Hanover (New Jersey) Sewerage Authority wastewater treatment plant received an NACWA Platinum Peak Performance Award and an Excellence in Management Silver Award for 2015.

Corbin, Kentucky, was honored for the best-tasting water at the Kentucky-Tennessee AWWA annual conference in Knoxville, Tennessee.

Water from the village of Potsdam, New York, was judged best in St. Lawrence County for 2016.

The Connecticut Water Company celebrated its founding 60 years ago. The company was created through a merger of the Guilford-Chester Water Company and the Naugatuck Water Company. Today, the company serves 56 towns and 92,000 customers.

K. Charles Griffin was named executive director of the Pittsburgh (Pennsylvania) Water and Sewer Authority, serving more than 300,000 customers in Pittsburgh and surroundings.

The Aquarion Water Company hired Stephen Olson as director of operations for Massachusetts. Ronit Goldstein, manager of community relations, expanded her role to include managing the portion of operations in the system that serves Hingham, Hull and North Cohasset.

President Barack Obama appointed DC Water CEO and general manager George S. Hawkins to the National Infrastructure Advisory Council.

Rockdale Water Resources and ESG Operations received two Platinum and four Gold Awards from the Georgia Association of Water Professionals. In Rockdale County, the awards were: Platinum Awards for the Big Haynes Water Treatment Plant and the Almand Branch Wastewater Plant, and Gold Awards for the Quigg Branch, Scott Creek, Snapping Shoals and Honey Creek wastewater treatment plants.

The Erwin Utilities Wastewater Treatment Plant received an Operational Excellence Award from the Water Environment Association, Kentucky/Tennessee Section.


Nov. 2-4 Nebraska Water Environment Association Fall Conference, Holiday Inn Hotel and Convention Center, Kearney. Visit www.ne-wea.org.

Nov. 3 Missouri Water Environment Association Fall Technical Conference, Columbia. Visit www.mwea.org.

Nov. 7-11 Mexico Section AWWA Annual Conference. Visit www.awwa.org.

Nov. 9 Central States Water Environment Association-Minnesota Section Conference on the Environment, Minnesota Convention Center, Minneapolis. Visit www.cswea.org.

Nov. 13-16 AWWA-North Carolina Section, Raleigh Convention Center. Visit www.ncsafewater.org.

Nov. 13-16 Canadian Water and Wastewater Association National Water and Wastewater Conference, Marriott Eaton Centre, Toronto, Ontario. Visit www.weao.org.

Nov. 13-17 Water Quality Technology Conference and Exposition, Indiana Convention Center, Indianapolis. Visit www.awwa.org.

Nov. 14-15 Alabama Water Environment Association and American Water Works Association-Alabama and Mississippi Chapters’ Water and Wastewater Technology Conference, The Hotel at Auburn University. Visit www.awea-al.com.

Nov. 14-15 Pennsylvania Water Environment Association Asset Management Specialty Conference, Penn Stater Conference Center, State College. Visit www.pwea.org.

Nov. 16 New York Water Environment Association Energy Specialty Conference, Desmond Hotel, Albany. Visit www.nywea.org.

Nov. 27-Dec. 1 Florida Section AWWA Annual Conference, Orlando. Visit www.fsawwa.org.

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