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Thomas Herholdt, who retired from Tidewater Utilities in February, received the Allen J. Williams Lifetime Achievement Award from Delaware Technical and Community College for more than 40 years of service to the water and wastewater industry.

The Coeburn-Norton-Wise Regional Wastewater Treatment Authority received the Virginia Rural Water Association’s 2017 Wastewater System of the Year award.

The wastewater treatment facilities in Bemidji, Blackduck and Jordan received certificates of commendation from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency for perfect permit compliance.

The Shoal Creek Water Reclamation Facility received the Georgia Association of Water Professionals’ 2017 Wastewater Plant of the Year award in the category for Advanced Treatment, 3 to 5.9 mgd. Herlon Fayard, Shoal Creek plant supervisor, received the association’s Top Wastewater Operator award.

A ribbon-cutting and dedication was held for the $12 million upgrade completed at the Clarksburg (West Virginia) Wastewater Treatment Plant. Capacity increased from 12 mgd to 18 mgd.

The W.B. Casey Water Resource Recovery Facility’s Pelletizing Operation received the Georgia Association of Water Professionals’ 2017 Biosolids/Residuals Program of Excellence Award in the category for large operating system greater than 5 dry tons per day.

Robert Pugsley, wastewater treatment plant operator for Buffalo National River, received the 2017 Wastewater Outstanding Achievement Award from the Arkansas Water Works and Water Environment Association in the category for utilities serving fewer than 5,000 people. Pugsley, with 42 years of operator experience and a six-year veteran of the National Park Service, operates the Buffalo Point treatment facility and oversees maintenance and management of the water and wastewater operations throughout the park.

Greg Morgan retired as managing director of utilities and Public Works after 24 years with the city of Tyler, Texas.

Missouri American Water completed its acquisition of the Wardsville wastewater and water systems (just south of Jefferson City) for $2.75 million.

The Illinois Association of Water Pollution Control Operators issued these awards:

  • Plant of the Year Group 1: Illinois American Water, Oak Valley Wastewater Treatment Plant
  • Plant of the Year Group 2: U.S. Federal Penitentiary, Marion Wastewater Treatment Plant
  • Plant of the Year Group 3: Lost Lake Utility, Dixon Wastewater Treatment Plant
  • Plant of the Year Group 4: Goodfield Wastewater Treatment Plant
  • Industrial Plant of the Year: Prairie State Generating Company, Marissa Wastewater Treatment Plant
  • Operator of the Year: Larry Stahl, Hanover Park Wastewater Treatment Plant
  • Kassen Outstanding Service Award: Robert Mosher, Illinois EPA (retired), who assisted operators in working through EPA regulations.

The San Jacinto River Authority Groundwater Reduction Plan Division has earned the Best Tasting Water Award for Texas from the AWWA.

The Salida (Colorado) Wastewater Plant attained Gold Award status for 20 years of earning the AWWA/Rocky Mountain Water Environment Association Joint Committee of Emergency Preparedness Safety Award.

Water and wastewater professionals received 2016 awards sponsored by the Delaware Technical Community College; the Delaware Rural Water Association; the Delaware Onsite Wastewater Recycling Association, the Water and Wastewater Operators Association, Eastern Shore Chapter; and the Delaware Division of Public Health, Office of Drinking Water; Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control; and Division of Water Resources:

  • Tidewater utilities compliance manager Alexis Virdin-Gede, of Smyrna, Water Professional of the Year.
  • Veolia North America chief laboratory analyst Mary Sidell, of Wilmington, Wastewater Professional of the Year.
  • Glenn F. Davis, program manager, Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control Surface Water Discharge Section, Allen J. Williams Lifetime Achievement Award.
  • Tidewater Utilities Northern District team of James Craig, Jim Faulkner, Purnell Potter, Mike Vonville, Daniel Wakefield, Regan Cummings, Mike Evans, Mike Funk and Al Miller, Water/Wastewater Professionals Team Award.

The Quantico Marine Corps Base Mainside Water Treatment Plant received the Bronze Water Treatment Plant Performance Award for Excellence in Granular Media Filtration from the Commonwealth of Virginia Department of Health Office of Drinking Water.

The staff at the Kannapolis Water Treatment Plant earned the North Carolina Area-Wide Optimization Program Award for turbidity levels below federal and state limits.

The Newton (North Carolina) Water Treatment Plant received its 14th consecutive Area-Wide Optimization Program Award from the U.S. EPA.

Greeley, Colorado, was honored by the AWWA for the best-tasting water in the nation at ACE17. The city beat 33 other regional winners and became the first to win the national competition and People’s Choice Award.

Stuart Krasner of the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California received the 2017 Dr. Pankaj Parekh Research Innovation Award from the Water Research Foundation. The city of Calgary and the Tarrant Regional Water District received Outstanding Subscriber Award for Applied Research.

The water filtration building in Evanston, Illinois, was renamed to honor former Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl.

The Coeburn-Norton-Wise Regional Waste Water Treatment Authority was named the Virginia Rural Water Association 2017 Wastewater System of the Year.


Aug. 29-Sept. 1 AWWA-Chesapeake Section Tri-Association Conference, Roland E. Powell Ocean City (Maryland) Convention Center. Visit www.csawwa.org.

Sept. 6 lllinois Water Environment Association Nutrient Removal & Recovery Workshop, Medinah Shriners Banquet Facility, Addison. Visit www.iweasite.org.

Sept. 10-13 Rocky Mountain Water Environment Association and Rocky Mountain Section AWWA Joint Annual Conference, Embassy Suites, Loveland, Colorado. Visit www.rmwea.org.

Sept. 10-13 WateReuse Symposium, Renaissance Phoenix (Arizona) Downtown. Visit www.watereuse.org.

Sept. 10-13 Rocky Mountain Section AWWA Annual Conference, Embassy Suites, Loveland, Colorado. Visit www.rmsawwa.org.

Sept. 11-14 WaterJAM 2017, Virginia Section AWWA Annual Conference, Hampton Roads Convention Center. Visit www.vaawwa.org.

Sept. 12-15 Michigan Section AWWA Annual Conference, Shanty Creek Resort, Bellaire. Visit www.mi-water.org.

Sept. 13 New England Water Environment Association Industrial Wastewater Conference, Cataqua Public House, Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Visit www.newea.org.

Sept. 13-15 Minnesota Section AWWA Annual Conference, Duluth Entertainment and Convention Center. Visit www.mnawwa.org.

Sept. 13-15 South Dakota Section AWWA Annual Conference, Huron Crossroads. Visit www.sdawwa.org.

Sept. 14 Southwest Florida Water and Wastewater Exposition, Charlotte Harbor Event and Conference Center, Punta Gorda. Visit www.fwea.org.

Sept. 17-20 New England Section AWWA Annual Conference, Ocean Edge Resort, Brewster, Massachusetts. Visit www.newwa.org.

Sept. 19-22 Western Canada Section AWWA Annual Conference, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Visit www.wcawwa.net.

Sept. 20-22 Wisconsin Section AWWA Annual Conference, Kalahari Resort and Conference Center, Wisconsin Dells. Visit www.wiawwa.org.

Sept. 21-22 AWWA Effective Utility Management Seminar, Orange County Utilities, Orlando, Florida. Visit www.awwa.org.

Sept. 26-28 Tri-State Seminar presented by the Nevada Water Environment Association, California Water Environment Association and Arizona Water Association, South Point Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas. Visit www.tristateseminar.com.

Sept. 26-29 Ohio Section AWWA Annual Conference, SeaGate Convention Center, Toledo. Visit www.oawwa.org.

Sept. 27-28 Kentucky Water and Wastewater Operators Association Fall Waste-water Conference, Barren River State Park, Lucas. Visit www.kwwoa.org.

Sept. 30-Oct. 4 Water Environment Federation WEFTEC 2917, McCormick Place, Chicago. Visit www.weftec.org.


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