Worth Noting - January 2021


The Eastern Municipal Water District in California was recognized as a 2020 Utility of the Future Today for its groundbreaking approach to expanding its recycled water system. Global Water Resources, a water resource management company, was also named a Utility of the Future Today.

The Water Environment Federation named its 2020-21 board of trustees, led by Dr. Lynn Broaddus, president, also president of Broadview Collaborative. Trustees are:

Jackie Jarrell, past president

Jamie Eichenberger, president-elect

Ifetayo Venner, vice president

Keith Hobson, treasurer

WEF executive director Walt Marlowe, secretary

Trustees Rajendra Bhattarai, Howard Carter, Shellie Chard, Gustavo Gallo-Chacon, Aimee Killeen and John Trofatter

The Lewiston Auburn Water Pollution Control Authority received the Richard B. Goodenow Award from the Maine Water Environment Association.

The H.L. Mooney Advanced Water Reclamation Facility in Woodbridge, Virginia, earned a Platinum11 Peak Performance Award from the National Association of Clean Water Agencies.

The Centralia Wastewater Treatment Plant received a 2019 Wastewater Treatment Plant Outstanding Performance Award from the Washington Department of Ecology. 

Shihong Lin, assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, won the 2020 Paul L. Busch Award from The Water Research Foundation for his leadership in developing innovative water separation techniques.

Tom Farley, chief operator at the Southwest Harbor Wastewater Treatment Facility, received the David Anderson Award for Laboratory Analyst Excellence from the Maine Water Environment Association.

The Parker Water and Sanitation District’s Rueter-Hess Water Purification Facility in Castle Rock, Colorado, received the Directors Award from the Partnership for Safe Water.

Tyson Foods facilities in New Holland, Pennsylvania, and Robards, Kentucky, received the Clean Water Award from the U.S. Poultry & Egg Association for going above and beyond in sustainable wastewater treatment and water reuse. 

The wastewater treatment plant operated and maintained by Veolia North America in Cle Elum received a 2019 Outstanding Performance Award from the Washington Department of Ecology.

The City of Pueblo, Colorado, received the WEF 2020 Project Excellence Award for the first full hydrocyclone/ammonia controlled nutrient removal process in the United States and for improvements to the James DiIorio Water Reclamation Facility.

KC Water was among 13 public drinking water systems honored for exceptional operations and performance by the Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies. 

Michelle Thibideau, village clerk and head of public works in Centre­ville, received the Wastewater Operations Specialist 2020 award from the Michigan Rural Water Association.

The Ute Water Conservancy District Treatment Plant received the 2020 Outstanding Water Treatment Plant Award from the AWWA Rocky Mountain Section.

Yakima was one of eight cities to receive the Gold Award from the Washington Department of Health Office of Drinking Water. 

For the second consecutive year, the city of Vicksburg, Mississippi, received the Water Treatment Plant of the Year award from the AWWA.

Halton Region became the first municipality in Canada to receive the Directors Award from the Partnership for Safe Water.

Rudolph “Rudy” Chow was named chief operating officer of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Washington Aqueduct and will serve as interim general manager to succeed Thomas Jacobus, who retired in September after more than 25 years.

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