Worth Noting - January 2019

People/Awards; Calendar


The City of Long Beach received a Wastewater Treatment Plant Outstanding Performance Award from the Washington State Department of Ecology for achieving full compliance with the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System.

The Water Environment Federation recognized utilities in the Utility of the Future Today program. These utilities are helping transform traditional wastewater treatment systems into resource recovery centers. They include:

  • Beckley (West Virginia) Sanitary Board
  • Benton Harbor-St. Joseph (Michigan) Joint Wastewater Treatment Plant
  • Carroll County (Maryland) Water Resources Coordination Council
  • Charlotte (North Carolina) Water
  • City of Detroit Water and Sewerage Department
  • City of Fayetteville (Arkansas)
  • City of Grandville (Michigan) Clean Water Plant
  • City of Tallahassee (Florida)
  • City of Wooster (Ohio)
  • Clean Water Services (Hillsboro, Oregon)
  • Columbus (Georgia) Water Works
  • St. Cloud (Minnesota) Public Utilities
  • DC Water (Washington, D.C.)
  • Delta Diablo (Antioch, California)
  • Evesham Municipal Utilities Authority (Marlton, New Jersey)
  • Fort Wayne City (Indiana) Utilities
  • Great Lakes Water Authority (Detroit)
  • Houston Water
  • Kenosha (Wisconsin) Water Utility
  • Lafayette (Indiana) Renew
  • Massachusetts Water Resources Authority (Boston)
  • Metro Wastewater Reclamation District (Denver)
  • Napa (California) Sanitation District
  • Region of Waterloo (Ontario)
  • Renewable Water Resources (Greenville, South Carolina)
  • Spokane County (Washington) Environmental Services
  • Toho Water Authority (Kissimmee, Florida)
  • Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (Laurel, Maryland)
  • Water Environment Services (Oregon City, Oregon)
  • Western Monmouth Utilities Authority (Manalapan, New Jersey)
  • Western Virginia Water Authority (Roanoke, Virginia).

The City of Como received a $275,000 grant from the Texas Department of Agriculture to enhance its wastewater treatment plant.

Ilwaco (Washington) Mayor Gary Forner honored Tim Pfeifer, the city’s wastewater plant operator, for implementing operational changes, maintaining equipment, and engineering oversights and initiating an energy savings program.

The Town of Amherst, Massachusetts, received a $145,027 state grant, which will go to Nanostone Water to treat the wastewater at the town’s plant on the University of Massachusetts campus using innovative methods. The goal is to demonstrate the effectiveness of the new methods to produce nonpotable reuse water.

Brandon Wood joined the Village of Canton (New York) Water and Wastewater Department.

The City of Lacombe, Town of Blackfalds, Lacombe County and the City of Red Deer received the Alberta Urban Municipalities Association’s 2018 Sustainability in Collaboration Award for excellence in implementing sustainability plans and achieving measurable sustainability outcomes. The four were selected based on the success of the North Red Deer Regional Wastewater System project.

Rea Schafer and Kristy McAndrew of the Charles County (Maryland) Department of Public Works received awards from the Water and Waste Operators Association of Maryland, Delaware and District of Columbia. Shafer, superintendent of the Mattawoman Water Reclamation Facility, received the W. McLean Bingley Award for Distinguished Service in Wastewater Treatment. McAndrew received the WWOA award for service to the association.

Megan Ross, P.E., Envision Sustainability Professional, was named utilities director for Pinellas County, Florida. She previously served as director of the Plant Operations Division.

The Cleveland (Tennessee) Utilities Wastewater Treatment Division was recognized by the Kentucky-Tennessee Water Environment Association for operational excellence in 2017.

Missouri American Water has been named Best Employer in the Water and Wastewater Industry in the category of Operations by the Hunter Crown executive search and recruiting company.

The Estherville (Iowa) Water Treatment Plant earned a 2017 Water Fluoridation Quality Award from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Dan Gier of Montgomery, Illinois, received a state Potable Water Supply Operators Association award.

The U.S. Poultry & Egg Association presented its 2018 Clean Water Award to Wayne Farms in Pendergrass, Georgia, and Pilgrim’s in Guntersville, Alabama, for excellence in wastewater treatment and water reuse.

Emory University in Georgia received a 2018 Campus Sustainability Achievement Award from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education for its teaching and student docent programs related to the WaterHub, which uses engineered processes that emulate natural ecological systems to reclaim wastewater for heating and cooling buildings and flushing toilets.

The pureALTA water treatment project in Altamonte Springs, Florida, ranked in the top three at the International Water Association Project Innovation Awards in Tokyo. The project was recognized for forward-thinking solutions to advance clean and safe water goals. It took a top award in the Market-Changing Water Technology and Infrastructure category.

The California Water Service received the Water Project of the Year award from the American Society of Civil Engineers San Joaquin Branch for its 1,2,3-trichloropropane treatment and compliance project. The utility also received the Water Project of the Year award from the ASCE Los Angeles Section.

Sherri Mason received the 23rd Heinz Award from the Heinz Family Foundation in the Public Policy category. She was recognized for her research identifying the presence of microbeads and microfibers in freshwater and for raising awareness of the potential impact of microplastics and associated contaminants on the food chain and human health, resulting in state, federal and international policy change. She is a professor of chemistry and chair of the department of geology and environmental science at the State University of New York at Fredonia.


Jan 14-16

Forum 2019: James Barnard Research Conference on Emerging Themes in Biological Phosphorus Removal and Recovery, Embassy Suites Austin Central, Austin, Texas. Visit www.wef.org.

Jan. 27-30

New England Water Environment Association Annual Conference and Exhibit, Boston Marriott Copley Place, Boston. Visit www.newea.org.

Jan. 29-30

Nevada Water Environment Association Annual Conference, Atlantis Casino Resort, Reno, Nevada. Visit www.nvwea.org.

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