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WaterOne Receives AWWA Director’s Award

Post Date:06/28/2016 4:54 PM

June 28th, 2016 - WaterOne was recently recognized with an AWWA Director’s Award for its Hansen and Wolcott Water Treatment Facilities.  The award is granted upon successful advancement in the Partnership For Safe Water Program, a voluntary program that encourages utilities like WaterOne to examine their operations, form best practices, and optimize their facilities.

"This award demonstrates WaterOne’s commitment to continually improving our operations,” said Lester Estelle, WaterOne Process Management Coordinator. “The exercise of conducting a critical evaluation of our systems and processes was the real value to WaterOne.”

The achievement requires considerable documentation and self-analysis, which was undertaken by Estelle and Operations Manager Kevin Caveny.  Estelle and Caveny worked with Production staff to collect data and perform comprehensive studies of the water treatment facilities and operations. The data was then compiled into a substantial report and submitted to the partnership committee for review.

Reviewers found that a good faith effort was made to self-assess WaterOne’s treatment facilities and noted the candid, objective approach taken to identify areas for improvement. They were particularly impressed with WaterOne’s effective resource use in its facilities, highly-trained instrument technicians, and its ability to adjust treatment methods depending on river conditions. The committee also observed that WaterOne personnel have already moved forward with a significant number of upgrades and improvements to water treatment systems.

WaterOne was presented the AWWA Director’s award at the 2016 AWWA Conference on June 23rd.  Director of Production Tom Schrempp and Assistant Director of Production Michelle Wirth were present to accept the award on WaterOne’s behalf. 

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