Worth Nothing - October 2019

People/Awards; Events


  • Lisa Rhea was hired as the senior water resources manager for the City of St. Petersburg, Florida. She will oversee the city’s wastewater system. 
  • Thomas Hunter was hired as the Public Works and Utilities director for the City of Port Angeles, Washington. 
  • John Weigold was hired as general manager for the Cambria Community Services District in California. 
  • Steve Perez was hired as general manager of the Rosamond (California) Community Services District. 
  • Oscar Antillon was hired as Public Works director for the City of Moab, Utah. 
  • The National Association of Clean Water Agencies presented Platinum Peak Performance awards to:
    • The H.L. Mooney Advanced Water Reclamation Facility in Prince William County, Virginia
    • The James R. DiIorio Water Reclamation Facility in Pueblo, Colorado
    • The South Treatment Plant and the Vashon Treatment Plant in King County, Washington. 
  • Leslie McClure of the City of Adairsville received the 2019 District 1 Wastewater Top Operator Award from the Georgia Association of Water Professionals. 
  • The South Carolina Department of Commerce’s Community Development Block Grant program awarded $928,000 to the City of Bishopville to complete phase two of the city’s Wastewater Trunk Line and Rehabilitation Project and $693,700 to the Town of Turbeville to address inflow and infiltration in its wastewater treatment system. 
  • The Delaware County Commissioners received a Public Service Award from the Ohio Water Environment Authority Southeast Section. 
  • Larry Oelrich, director of administrative services and public works for the City of Prairie Grove, Arkansas, received the Arthur Sidney Bedell Award from the Water Environment Federation in recognition of his service to the New York Water Environment Association. 
  • Kennebunk, Kennebunkport & Wells (KK&W) Water District in Maine received an award for on-the-job safety performance from The MEMIC Group.
  • Jason Barnes, water plant superintendent in Valdosta, Georgia, received the Elizabeth McEntire Award from the Georgia Association of Water Professionals for excellence in the public water system operation. 
  • Flint Hills Resources was recognized by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency for outstanding permit compliance at its Pine Bend refinery wastewater treatment facility in Rosemount. 
  • Beaver Water District in Lowell, Arkansas, was recognized by the American Water Works Association Partnership for Safe Water for maintaining Directors Award status for the past five years. 
  • The Western Carolina University water treatment plant received North Carolina Area Wide Optimization Award for surpassing federal and state drinking water standards in 2018.  
  • The Regional District of North Okanagan (British Columbia) Duteau Creek Water Treatment Plant received the 2019 Association of Consulting Engineering Companies British Columbia Award of Merit in the Municipal and Civil category. 
  • Sonja Michaluk won the 2019 U.S. Stockholm Junior Water Prize from the WEF. Michaluk, a student at Hopewell Valley Central High School in Pennington, New Jersey, explored the use of DNA barcoding to measure the health of waterways with larval Chironomidae (order Diptera). She won $10,000 and an all-expense-paid trip to Stockholm to represent the U.S. at the international competition. 
  • The East Ohio Regional Water Authority received the Facility Image Award from the Southeast Ohio Water Environment Association.


Oct. 2-3

AWWA Customer Service Seminar, City Hall – One Technology Center, Tulsa, Oklahoma. Visit www.awwa.org.  

Oct. 3-4

AWWA Effective Utility Management Seminar, City Hall – One Technology Center, Tulsa, Oklahoma. Visit www.awwa.org.  

Oct. 6-8

Atlantic Canada Water and Wastewater Association Annual Conference, Halifax (Nova Scotia) Marriott Harbourfront Hotel. Visit www.acwwa.ca.  

Oct. 8-10

North Dakota Water & Pollution Control Conference, Ramkota Hotel, Bismarck, North Dakota. Visit www.awwand.org.  

Oct. 9-11

Intermountain Section AWWA Annual Conference, Sun Valley Resort, Idaho. Visit www.ims-awwa.org.  

Oct. 16-17

Kentucky Water and Wastewater Operators Association North Central/Eastern Wastewater Fall Conference, Lexington, Kentucky. Visit www.kwwoa.org.  

Oct. 16-18

New England Water Environment Association North East Residuals and Biosolids Conference, Sheraton Hotel, Springfield, Massachusetts. Visit www.newea.org .  

Oct. 20-22

Southwest Section AWWA Annual Conference, Chateau on the Lake, Branson, Missouri. Visit www.swawwa.org.  

Oct. 20-23

AWWA Water Infrastructure Conference & Exposition, Hyatt Regency at The Arch hotel, St. Louis. Visit www.awwa.org.  

Oct. 21-24

California-Nevada Section AWWA Annual Conference, Town and Country hotel, San Diego. Visit www.ca-nv-awwa.org.  

Oct. 22-24

Iowa Section of the AWWA Annual Conference, Gateway Hotel & Conference Center, Ames, Iowa. Visit www.awwa-ia.org.  

Oct. 23

AWWA IT Forum, Hyatt Regency at The Arch hotel, St. Louis. Visit www.awwa.org.  

Oct. 30

Indiana Water Environment Association Specialty Conference — Doing More With Less: Innovations, Efficiencies and Creative Solutions, The Commons event center, Columbus, Indiana. Visit www.indianawea.org.  

Oct. 31

Missouri Water Environment Association Fall Technical Conference, Stoney Creek Inn, Columbia, Missouri. Visit www.mwea.org.

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