Worth Noting - April 2019


Wastewater department employee Douglas Hartsaugh retired after more than 31 years as a public utilities worker in Circleville, Ohio.

Kayla Stephens was hired as director of the Union (Missouri) Public Works Department. She replaced Harold Lampkin, who retired after 45 years with the city.

Kody Miller was promoted to wastewater plant maintenance worker for Conway Corp., which provide wastewater and water services to Conway, Arkansas.

Brandon Strelow was hired as Public Works director in Kewaunee, Wisconsin.

Matt Murphy was hired as Public Works director in Algoma, Wisconsin.

The Fremont (Nebraska) Wastewater Treatment Plant received a Silver Safety Award and a Scott Wilber Outstanding Facility Award from the Nebraska Water Environment Association.

The Columbus (Nebraska) Wastewater Treatment Facility received a Gold Safety Award and a Scott Wilber Outstanding Facility Award (including Best in Class for Medium Category) from the Nebraska Water Environment Association.

The Northwest District of the Arkansas Water Works & Water Environment Association named these award recipients:

  • Wastewater Operator (5,000-plus population), John Eoff, Springdale Utilities
  • Wastewater Manager of the Year, Nancy Busen, Bentonville Wastewater
  • Wastewater Small System Award, Mike Neil, Northwest Arkansas Conservation Authority.

Richard Klopp of Homer received the Wastewater Operator of the Year award from the Alaska Rural Water Association.

New Jersey American Water received a Governor’s Environmental Excellence Award from the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection.

Grant Ward retired after 44 years as the water plant operator in Hartwick, New York.

Steve Moore, water systems manager for American Canyon, California, retired after 37 years of service.

The DeKalb County (Georgia) Department of Watershed Management received the 2018 Gold Collection Systems Award from the Georgia Association of Water Professionals for excellence in preventive maintenance, system evaluation, rehabilitation and training. The department also received a Water Fluoridation Quality Award from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The Henry County (Georgia) Water Authority received a Collection System of Excellence Platinum Award and a Water Distribution System Gold Award from the Georgia Association of Water Professionals. The authority’s Mandy Gatewood received a Customer Service Award.

The Clayton County (Georgia) Water Authority staff earned Georgia Association of Water Professionals awards. The Northeast Water Reclamation Facility in Rex earned the Water Environment Federation’s George W. Burke Jr. Safety Award; the conveyance maintenance staff brought home a fourth Collection System Platinum Award; the distribution maintenance staff received a fourth Distribution System Gold Award; and the W.B. Casey Water Resource Recovery Facility earned the Laboratory Quality Assurance at a Municipal Wastewater Laboratory Award in the greater than 20 mgd category.

King County, Washington, won a Digital Edge 50 Award for Digital Transformation from www.cio.com for using the Microsoft HoloLens mixed reality device to train operators at the West Point Wastewater Treatment Plant in Seattle.

Lee Honeywell, wastewater treatment plant superintendent in Upper Gwynedd, Pennsylvania, was honored by the town board for 40 years with the department.

The Moulton Niguel Water District in California received a 2018 Governor’s Environmental and Economic Leadership Award.

The Gwinnett County (Georgia) Department of Water Resources received a 2018 WateReuse Award for Excellence from the WateReuse Association for research on using ozone and biological filtration to turn reclaimed water into drinking water.

Geneva tied with Batavia for best-tasting drinking water during the Kane County (Illinois) Water Association taste test competition.

Diana Wilson, general manager of West Des Moines (Iowa) Water Works, resigned in January to become general manager at a Florida utility.


April 1-2 

American Water Works Association-North Carolina Section Spring Symposium, Holiday Inn Resort, Wrightsville Beach. Visit www.ncsafewater.org.  

April 2-4

AWWA Rate-Setting Essentials Seminar – Connecting Financial Planning, Cost of Service and Rate Design, Loews Ventana Canyon Resort, Tucson, Arizona. Visit www.awwa.org.  

April 2-5

Water Environment Association of Texas, Texas Water 2019 Conference, George R. Brown Convention Center, Houston. Visit www.txwater.org.  

April 9-12

California Water Environment Association Annual Conference, Palm Springs Convention Center. Visit www.cwea.org.  

April 10-12

Design-Build for Water/Wastewater Conference, presented by WEF, AWWA and Water Design-Build Council, Duke Energy Convention Center, Cincinnati. Visit www.wef.org.  

April 11-12

AWWA Customer Service Seminar, Utility Supply Co., Indianapolis. Visit www.awwa.org.  

April 14-16

Water Environment Association of Ontario Technical Symposium and Exhibition, Metro Toronto Convention Centre. Visit www.weao.org.  

April 14-17

Florida Water Resources Conference, presented by the Florida Water Environment Association, Florida Section AWWA, and Florida Water and Pollution Control Operators Association, Tampa Convention Center. Visit www.fwrc.org.  

April 14-18

Kentucky Water and Wastewater Operators Association Annual Conference, Northern Kentucky Convention Center, Covington, Kentucky. Visit www.kwwoa.org.  

April 23-25

Montana Water Environment Association and Montana Section of AWWA Joint Conference, Billings Hotel and Convention Center. Visit www.montanawater.org.  

April 29-30

AWWA Waterborne Pathogens Symposium, Tampa Marriott Westshore, Florida. Visit www.awwa.org.

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