Worth Noting - April 2022

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The Palm Beach County (Florida) Water Utilities Department achieved ISO 55001 certification for its Asset Management System. It is the only North American water utility to receive the certification. Stantec guided the initiative.

Luther Blackburn, Jr., operations manager of the Great Lakes Water Authority, was named the 2020 Michigan WEA Wastewater Operations Professional of the Year. Stephen Kuplicki, operations manager of industrial waste control, was named Industrial Pretreatment Program Professional of the Year. Chemist Sarah Watkins received the PK Sarda Laboratory Professional of the Year award.

Columbus City Utilities received the Wastewater Treatment Plant of the Year award from the Southern Indiana Operators Association.

The Lighthouse Point Water Reclamation Facility received a 2020 Wastewater Treatment Plant Outstanding Performance Award from the Washington State Department of Ecology. 

Rebecca Mason, director of wastewater operations with Upper Gwynedd received the Daniel H. Treat Memorial Supervisory Award from the Eastern Pennsylvania Water Pollution Control Operators Association.

Glenwood Municipal Utilities and Malvern Water Supply were among 94 community Iowa water systems receiving a Water Fluoridation Quality Award from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The Boothbay Region Water District received the Best Tasting Water – Disinfected Division and the Andrews Tolman Source Water Award from the Maine Rural Water Association.

Mark Horgan, chief of operations and maintenance with the Genesee County (Michigan) Drain Commissioner’s Office, Division of Water and Waste Services retired after 35 years.

Thomas McGrath, Mukilteo (Washington) Water and Wastewater commissioner, stepped down after 13 years.

Dan Tyler was named public works director in Brattleboro, Vermont, after the retirement of Steve Barrett.

Mark Kivela was named wastewater superintendent in Marshfield, Wisconsin, after the retirement of Sam Warp. Kivela was previously assistant wastewater superintendent.

Tom Espey, water and wastewater superintendent in Dexter, Missouri, retired after more than 40 years with the city.

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April 4-6

2022 DBIA/AWWA/WEF Design Build for Water/Wastewater Conference, Caribe Royale, Orlando, Florida. Visit www.dbwater.com.

April 4-7

Texas AWWA Section Annual Conference, Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, San Antonio. Visit www.txwater.org.

April 6

AWWA Microplastics in Drinking Water: Key Issues and the Frontier of Contaminant Knowledge webinar. Visit www.awwa.org.

April 10-13

Alabama-Mississippi AWWA Section Annual Conference, The Battle House Renaissance, Mobile. Visit www.almswater.com.

April 11-29

AWWA High-Tech Operator Course 2, online. Visit www.awwa.org.

April 12-14

Arizona AWWA Section Annual Conference, Phoenix Convention Center. Visit www.azwater.org.

April 12-14

New York AWWA Section Annual Conference, Saratoga Hilton, Saratoga Springs. Visit www.nysawwa.org.

April 12-14

Indiana AWWA Section Annual Conference, Marriott Hotel - Downtown, Indianapolis. Visit www.inawwa.org.

April 12-14

AWWA Rate-Setting Essentials Seminar, Embassy Suites by Hilton – Orlando International Drive Hotel, Florida. Visit www.awwa.org.

April 13

AWWA Buy, Treat, Repeat – A Comprehensive Look at the Value of Water webinar. Visit www.awwa.org.

April 18-May 2

AWWA Water Treatment Operator Level 3 course, online. Visit www.awwa.org.

April 19-20

Quebec Environmental Technologies Fair, Quebec City Convention Center. Visit www.reseau-environnement.com.

April 19-22

WEF Collection Systems Conference 2022, Huntington Place, Detroit, Michigan. Visit www.wef.org.

April 20

AWWA Establishing and Maintaining an Effective Valve O & M Program webinar. Visit www.awwa.org.

April 25-27

Pennsylvania AWWA Section Annual Conference, Penn Stater Convention Center, State College. Visit www.pawwa.org.

April 26-28

Montana AWWA Section Annual Conference, Heritage Inn, Great Falls. Visit www.montanawater.org.

April 27-29

Pacific Northwest AWWA Section Annual Conference, Greater Tacoma Convention Center, Washington. Visit www.pnws-awwa.org.


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