Worth Noting - February 2019

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The City of Norwalk, Ohio, hired Wade Leimeister as the wastewater treatment superintendent. For the previous five years, Leimeister supervised both the water and wastewater plants in Plain City.

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

The City of Preston received a $65,000 wastewater planning grant from the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality to prepare a feasibility study and environmental review.

For the ninth straight year, the City of Lynden Wastewater Treatment Plant received an Outstanding Performance Award from the Washington State Department of Ecology.

The Sarpy County and Sarpy Cities Wastewater Agency (Nebraska) received a Regional Service Award from the Metropolitan Area Planning Agency.

The City of Ada Wastewater Plant received the Medium Wastewater Plant of the Year award at the Oklahoma Water & Pollution Control Conference.

Michael Baker International, APTIM and Gannett Fleming received the national Construction Management Association of America Project of the Year award in addition to the National Project Achievement Award in the category of Water/Wastewater: Construction Value Greater Than $50 Million for upgrading New York City’s Newtown Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant in Brooklyn.

Emory University in Atlanta received a 2018 Campus Sustainability Achievement Award from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education. The university was recognized for its innovative 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.

Glasgow Water Co. received an Excellence in Energy Leadership Award from the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet for reduction of electricity costs at the wastewater treatment plant by more than 25 percent, reducing energy usage per unit volume of wastewater treated by more than 40 percent.

United Rentals announced that its EC-250 Mobile Treatment Trailer and CL-250 Mobile Clarifier won Frost & Sullivan’s 2018 New Product Innovation Award for mobile water and wastewater treatment.

Missouri American Water was named the Best Employer in the Water and Wastewater Industry in the category of Operations by Hunter Crown.

Clark County, Washington, hired Ahmad Qayoumi as director of the public works department. He had served as deputy director and as interim director after former public works director Heath Henderson accepted a job with the Clark Regional Wastewater District.

Scottsdale (Arizona) Water received the Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies’ 2018 Sustainable Water Utility Management Award for responsible management of resources, protection of public health, meeting responsibilities to the community and providing cost-effective services to ratepayers.     

The Orange County (California) Water District renamed its lab as the Philip L. Anthony Water Quality Laboratory in honor of its former director, who passed away in July 2018.  

Jacobs Engineering Group received a 2018 Water Heroes Award from the Water Environment Federation. Recognized for their efforts during the most expensive and destructive U.S. hurricane season on record were the Florida-based Jacobs Operations Management project teams in The Villages, Key West, West Melbourne and Pembroke Pines.

Wichita Falls, Texas, received a U.S. EPA Clean Water State Revolving Fund Performance and Innovation in Creating Environmental Success Award, given to municipalities that install and use or plan to use indirect potable reuse.

California Water Service received a 2018 Management Innovation Award from the National Association of Water Companies.

The Elkins Water Department was named the 2018 Water System of the Year by the West Virginia Rural Water Association. The city’s Mike Currence received the Wastewater Collection System Operator of the Year honor.

The City of Okanogan, Washington, won the Outstanding Achievement in Infrastructure-Wastewater Award from the Infrastructure Assistance Coordinating Council.

Mark Smith was named chairman of the Contentnea (North Carolina) Metropolitan Sewerage District. He succeeds Mary Alice Davenport, who remains as a board member.

San Jose (California) Water was named the 2018 Water Industry Innovator by the National Association of Regulatory and Utility Commissioners for the design-build construction of its Montevina Ultrafiltration Water Treatment Plant.

An advanced oxidation system using UV reactors designed by Smith Seckman Reid at the Franklin (Tennessee) Water Treatment Plant won a Grand Award in the American Council of Engineering Companies of Tennessee Engineering Excellence Awards competition.

For the second year in a row, the Ames Water Treatment Facility received the Best Tasting Water Award by the Iowa branch of the American Water Works Association.

The Cobb County-Marietta Water Authority in Georgia recognized three employees for 40 years of service. John “Bill” Davis, Steven “Brady” Gayton and Dale Shoemaker each received a Brumby Rocker for their service. Davis is the maintenance superintendent at the Wyckoff Water Treatment Plant, Gayton is operations superintendents at the Wyckoff plant and Shoemaker is operations superintendent at the Quarles Plant. 


Feb. 3-6

New York Water Environment Association Annual Meeting & Exhibition, New York Marriott Marquis. Visit www.nywea.org.  

Feb. 6-9

Water Environment Federation Midyear Meeting, Grant Hyatt Atlanta, Buckhead, Georgia. Visit www.wef.org.  

Feb. 11-13

California Water Environment Association P3S Conference, Embassy Suites by Hilton Monterey Bay Seaside. Visit www.cwea.org .  

Feb. 11-13

Illinois Wastewater Professionals Conference, presented by the Illinois Water Environment Association and the Illinois Association of Water Pollution Control Operators, Crowne Plaza Hotel, Springfield, Illinois. Visit www.illinoiswpc.org.  

Feb. 20-23

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

Feb. 25-28

AWWA Membrane Technology Conference & Exposition, Ernest M. Morial Convention Center, New Orleans. Visit www.awwa.org.

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