Worth Noting - July 2021


The First Utility District of Knox County was honored by the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation for meeting drinking water goals under the U.S. EPA Area-Wide Optimization Program, administered by the TDEC Division of Water Resources.

EPCOR USA received 41 safety and operational excellence awards from the AZ Water Association for water and wastewater facilities.

Art Nunez, operations director at EPCOR USA, received the Arthur Sidney Bedell Award from the AZ Water Association for extraordinary personal service to a WEF Member Association. 

Dylan Chase, superintendent of the New Shoreham (Rhode Island) Water Pollution Control Facility, won the 2020 Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator of the Year award from the U.S. EPA New England Office. The South Kingstown (Rhode Island) Wastewater Treatment Facility, led by superintendent Kathy Perez, received a 2020 Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant Excellence Award.

The City of Marianna, Florida, received a Pisces Award for innovation from the U.S. EPA for its solar-powered wastewater treatment facility.

Aqua Pennsylvania’s Bristol Water Treatment Plant received a Phase III Directors Award from the Partnership for Safe Water.

Mark Batorski, chief operator of the Farmington (Connecticut) Water Pollution Control Facility, was named 2020 Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator of the Year by the U.S. EPA New England Office.

Michael Brown, a former utilities administrator for Flint, Michigan, was named the city’s public works director.

Pat Smoker was named the director of the Richmond (Indiana) Sanitary District. He had been interim director since May 2020.

Emily Sinkhorn was named director of environmental services in Arcata, California. She will oversee the parks, natural resources, facilities, recreation, streets, utilities and water and wastewater divisions.

The Veolia wastewater treatment plant in Sturbridge, Massachusetts, received a Water Fluoridation Quality Award from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The Southwest Water Authority received a certificate for safe drinking water from the North Dakota Department of Environmental Quality, one of five public water systems so recognized in the state.

Qingzhi Zhu, Ph.D., associate professor in the School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences at Stony Brook University, received a SUNY Technology Accelerator Fund award for his research to develop a low-cost, high-accuracy nitrogen detecting system for wastewater systems. The technology has potential to greatly improve testing processes and quality of water.


July 11-14

Georgia Association of Water Professionals Annual Conference and Expo, Savannah Convention Center. Visit www.gawp.org.

July 12-14

WEF Forum 2021: Particles and Colloids – the Next Frontier in Intensifying Water Resource Recovery, Fort Lauderdale, Florida. 

Visit www.wef.org.

July 14

AWWA Examining the Importance of Corrosion Control Research Webinar. Visit www.awwa.org.

July 19-22

AWWA 2021 Membrane Technology Conference and Exposition, Palm Beach Convention Center, West Palm Beach, Florida. Visit 


July 26-29

ONE Water Technical Conference, Duke Energy Convention Center, Cincinnati. Visit www.onewaterohio.org.

July 30-Aug. 4

Alabama/Mississippi Joint Water Annual Conference, Mobile Convention Center, Alabama. Visit www.awea-al.com.

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