Worth Noting - February 2018

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  • Trident Processes received a 2018 Canadian Business Excellence Award for Private Businesses from Excellence Canada and PwC Canada. Trident Processes of Abbotsford, British Columbia, commercialized a process for recovering and repurposing resources from municipal wastewater and livestock manure.
  • SouthWest Water’s Riverview Water Resource Recovery Facility received the Best Operated Wastewater Plant Award in its category from the Alabama Water and Pollution Control Association. The company’s North Shelby Water Resource Recovery Facility received a second place Award of Excellence.
  • Newterra received the 2017 Global Technology Leadership Award from Frost & Sullivan for its modular (packaged) wastewater and water treatment systems.
  • Bill Riley, director of water utilities for the city of San Angelo, Texas, has retired. He has been a water utility professional for more than 30 years and took the San Angelo role in 2014. He oversaw operations and infrastructure related to water supply, production, distribution, quality, and conservation as well as wastewater treatment, maintenance, billing, and customer service.
  • Rawley Ross was named the wastewater treatment plant superintendent/plant operator for the new wastewater treatment plant in Geneva-on-the-Lake, Ohio.
  • Baltimore landed in the Top 10 among American cities with the best drinking water, according to Best Life magazine online.
  • The Liberty (Missouri) Utilities Operations Center was named Project of the Year by the Design-Build Institute of America/Mid-America Region. The facility also earned an Honor Award for Civil Infrastructure. The operations center and wastewater treatment plant was the first design-build project to receive State Revolving Fund financing and the largest treatment plant in the state to use design-build delivery.
  • The Gasification Initiative in Lebanon, Tennessee, received 2017 Project of the Year honors from the Tennessee Chapter of the American Public Works Association. The project will convert wood, tires and biosolids into electricity for the wastewater treatment plant and biochar soil amendment for sale to the community.
  • The Pine Bluff (Arkansas) Wastewater Utility received a National Environmental Achievement Award in the Operations & Environmental Performance category from the National Association of Clean Water Agencies.
  • The Municipal Authority of the Township of Robinson (Pennsylvania) Groveton Water Treatment Plant received the Presidents Award from the Partnership for Safe Water.
  • Roger Hagman, water system operator for the city of Bemidji, Minnesota, received the Operator’s Meritorious Service Award from the Minnesota Section of the American Water Works Association.
  • Doug Ahrens, Public Works director in Danville, Illinois, was named Danville Sanitary District director, replacing Shelly Koers, who retired.
  • The city of Ashland, Oregon, named Paula Brown Public Works director.


  • Feb. 4-7 New York Water Environment Association Annual Meeting & Exhibition, New York Marriott Marquis, New York. Visit www.nywea.org.
  • Feb. 6 Central States Water Environment Association Innovative Approaches to Wastewater Operational Problems, Holiday Inn, St. Cloud, Minnesota. Visit www.cswea.org.
  • Feb. 6-8 AWWA Hawaii Section Pacific Water Conference, Hawaii Convention Center, Honolulu. Visit www.hiawwa.org.
  • Feb. 7-10 Water Environment Federation Midyear Meeting, Grand Hyatt Atlanta, Buckhead, Georgia. Visit www.wef.org.
  • Feb. 12-14 California Water Environment Association Annual P3S Conference, Riverside Convention Center, Sacramento, California. Visit www.cwea.org.
  • Feb. 20-21 AWWA Best Practice Water Audits and Loss Control Programs Seminar, Fairmont Chicago, Millennium Park, Chicago. Visit www.awwa.org.
  • Feb. 20-23 Utility Management Conference, jointly presented by the WEF, AWWA and Water Environment Association of Texas, Hyatt Regency Riverwalk, San Antonio. Visit www.wef.org.
  • Feb. 21-24 Water & Wastewater Equipment, Treatment & Transport (WWETT) Show, Indiana Convention Center, Indianapolis. Visit www.wwettshow.com

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