This Talent Rose to the Top

A back injury ended Rusty Tournade’s career as a bricklayer. Today he’s an award-winning water plant operator and foreman.

This Talent Rose to the Top

The team at the Eudora Water Treatment Plant includes, from left, Travis Ramos, Class IV operator; Rusty Tournade, operator foreman; Greg Perkins, Class I operator; and Lawrence Steele, Class IV operator.

Rusty Tournade came to the water industry only nine years ago.  

He started with the City of Eudora, in Northeast Kansas, in 2012 as a seasonal worker on the mowing crew. Then he went full time, reading water meters for two weeks a month and otherwise working on the streets or...

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