Worth Noting - January 2017

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For the ninth straight year, the city of Forks (Washington) Wastewater Treatment Plant received an Outstanding Performance Award from the Washington State Department of Ecology.

ADI Systems received the New Brunswick Bioscience Achievement Award from BioNB, New Brunswick’s bioscience agency. The company provides wastewater treatment and waste-to-energy technologies for industrial processors.

The town of Greeneville, Tennessee, received a $525,000 Community Development Block Grant for updating its wastewater treatment plant from chlorine to UV disinfection.

Dragoon Brewery in Tucson, Arizona, won the Arizona Pure Water Brew Challenge by making the best-tasting beer using recycled wastewater. The event included nearly 30 craft breweries from throughout the state.

The city of Williston, North Dakota, held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for its new $105 million Water Resource Recovery Facility.

For the fourth straight year, the Colville (Washington) Wastewater Treatment Plant received an Outstanding Performance Award from the Washington State Department of Ecology.

Joe Hudson, water resources director from the city of Statesville, North Carolina, retired effective Dec. 31 after 31 years, starting with the city in 1986.

The Western Regional Water Reclamation Facility in Petersburg, Kentucky, received the Kentucky Infrastructure Authority’s H2O Award.

The city of Prineville, Oregon, received a 2017 Award for Excellence from the League of Oregon Cities for a wetlands project that expanded its wastewater capacity while lowering residential and business system development charges, stabilizing rates, improving the Crooked River, and creating a new public trail system and gathering place.

Kam Reeves, Wayne State College Class of 1979, received the school’s Alumni Service Award. Reeves has served as the department head and superintendent for the Ottumwa (Iowa) Water Pollution Control Facility since 2013.

Yabing Nollet, Rebecca Alm, Adam Sealock and George Sprouse received the Eddy Wastewater Principles/Processes Medal for their study, “Investigations into Improving Dewaterability at a Bio-P/Anaerobic Digestion Plant.” They work for the Metropolitan Council Environmental Services division at the Pig’s Eye Treatment Facility in St. Paul, Minnesota.

The White Mountain Summer Homes Water Improvement District was named Water System of the Year 2017 by the Rural Water Association of Arizona.

John “Red” Lipscomb, chief water and wastewater operator in Parsons, West Virginia, received the 2017 Water Operator of the Year award from the West Virginia Rural Water Association.

For the seventh straight year, the Wilkesboro (North Carolina) Water Filtration Plant received a North Carolina Area Wide Optimization Award from the state Department of Environmental Quality.

The Buffalo Pound Water Treatment Plant won the taste-test competition at the annual Western Canada Water and Wastewater Association conference in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

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