Worth Noting - February 2017

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The city of Klamath Falls, Oregon, hired Ray Busch as wastewater division manager.

The village of Breckenridge received a $521,063 grant from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation for improvements at its wastewater treatment facilities.

The city of Jerome wastewater facility received a 2016 Idaho Award for Leadership in Energy Efficiency. The most significant measure came after the wastewater department created its energy-saving team in 2012. The city installed timers on the blowers that aerate the mixed liquor to run them intermittently. The department also replaced motors with energy-efficient units and installed new heating and air conditioning systems.

The city of Jacksonville, Texas, hired Randall Chandler as utilities director, replacing David Brock, who retired.

The city of Kiel wastewater treatment utility received a $500,000 grant from Wisconsin Focus on Energy to help pay for a biogas-fueled power generation system.

Jared Cummons of Bridgeport received the 2016 Glenn O. Fortney Operator of the Year Award from the West Virginia Water Environment Association. Cummons, a Class IV wastewater operator, has been the superintendent of utilities since 2010.

The city of Virginia Beach, Virginia, hired Robert Montague as director of public utilities.

The city of Norman (Oklahoma) Utilities Water Treatment Plant received four 2016 awards from the Oklahoma Water and Pollution Control Association: Rachel Croft, Laboratory Technician of the Year; Greg Apperson, Mechanic of the Year; Scott Lewis, Well Operator of the Year; Neal Engleman, Instrumentation Technician of the Year.

Geri Wellborn was promoted from laboratory manager to plant manager at the Norman (Oklahoma) Water Treatment Plant.

The city of Murfreesboro (Tennessee) Water and Sewer Department was designated as a Utility of the Future by water sector organizations including the National Association of Clean Water Agencies, the Water Environment Federation, the Water Environment Research Foundation and WaterReuse, with support from the U.S. EPA.

Adel Banoub, acting superintendent of the Woonsocket (Rhode Island) Wastewater Treatment Facility, received the 2016 New England Water Environment Association Alfred E. Peloquin Award for training initiatives and service to the association.

The city of Jerome wastewater treatment facility was recognized for excellence in energy efficiency at the 2016 Idaho Awards for Leadership in Energy Efficiency.

The city of Glasgow received the 2016 Montana Water Environment Association Small System Award.

The Toppenwish Water System was recognized for Best Tasting Water in the state of Washington by the Evergreen Rural Water, the state’s affiliate of the National Rural Water Association.

Travis Anderson, city of Clinton water production supervisor, received the A-Well Operator of the Year award from the North Carolina Water Operators Association.

The Eastsound Water and Sewer District’s Eastsound and Orcas Village Wastewater Treatment plants and the Rosario Resort Wastewater Treatment Plant received Outstanding Wastewater Treatment Awards from the Washington Department of Ecology.

The Broken Arrow and Muskogee Water Treatment plants in Oklahoma received Water Fluoridation Quality Awards from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The Muscle Shoals Water Department received an Optimized Plant Award from the Alabama Department of Environmental Management and a Water Fluoridation Quality Award from the Alabama Department of Public Health.

The city of El Dorado was honored for the best-tasting water in the state by the AWWA Kansas section.

The city of Akron Water Supply Plant at Lake Rockwell Reservoir won the Ohio EPA Encouraging Environment Excellence Award for reducing waste, improving efficiency and continuously improving as an environmental steward.

Bob Green, city of Dubuque Water Department manager, received the Iowa Section AWWA Outstanding Service Award.


Feb. 6-8 New York Water Environment Association Annual Meeting and Exhibition, New York Marriott Marquis. Visit www.nywea.org

Feb. 7-10 Water Environment Federation Utility Management Conference, Tampa (Florida) Marriott Waterside. Visit www.wef.org

Feb. 13-17 AMTA/AWWA Membrane Technology Conference and Exposition, Long Beach (California) Convention and Entertainment Center. Visit www.awwa.org

Feb. 15-16 Hawaii Section AWWA Annual Conference, Honolulu. Visit www.awwa-hi.org

Feb. 21-22 Michigan Water Environment Federation Borchardt Conference: Symposium on Advancements in Water and Wastewater, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Visit www.mi-wea.org

Feb. 22-25 Water & Wastewater Equipment, Treatment & Transport (WWETT) Show, Indiana Convention Center, Indianapolis. Visit www.wwettshow.com


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