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CCWA Brings Home Spring Conference Awards

May 4, 2017 by Suzanne Brown


WW Plant of the Year for the 3 - 5.9 MGD Category. Shoal Creek Water Reclamation staff Willie McCune, Robert Cloud, Andy Eason, Hilton Texidor, Herlon Fayard and Mike Crabtree.

Clayton County Water Authority (CCWA) employees brought home several awards from the Georgia Association of Water Professional’s (GAWP) recent Spring Conference for the outstanding operation of one of its water reclamation facilities and pelletizing operation, plus two plant operators.

Shoal Creek Water Reclamation Facility was named the 2017 Wastewater Plant of the Year for the Advanced Treatment 3 – 5.9 Million Gallons per Day (MGD) Category for its performance during 2016. W.B. Casey Water Resource Recovery Facility’s Pelletizing Operation received the 2017 Biosolids/Residuals Program of Excellence Award for the Large Operating System Greater than 5 Dry Tons Per Day Category, and CCWA is home to 2017’s Water and Wastewater Top Operators for District 3. Terry R. Hicks Water Production Plant Operator Lesley Rathburn was named the Water Top Operator, while Shoal Creek Water Reclamation Facility Plant Supervisor Herlon Fayard was named Top Wastewater Operator.

The awards were announced during GAWP’s Spring Conference in Jekyll Island, Georgia in April.
“We are very proud of these awards and the work our employees do on a daily basis,” says P. Michael Thomas, CCWA general manager. “They are proud to be water professionals and are always working to expand their knowledge and skills so they can provide the best services to our customers.”

The formal Plant of the Year competition program is conducted statewide by GAWP and includes a comprehensive on-site evaluation performed by an expert technical inspection team. All of the systems under review possessed examples of exceptional operation, but only a select few rise to the top during this exhaustive process.

CCWA Board Chairman John Chafin agrees that it is the employees who set the Authority apart from other utilities. “Our employees have always been good at thinking outside the box and finding innovative ways to do their jobs. This helps us work more efficiently and has allowed CCWA to be a leader in our industry.”

According to GAWP, the Top Op Award recognizes operators who are ‘a moving force in the operations of their respective facilities.’ These outstanding operators are an example for others who have imparted knowledge that helps in the operation of water and wastewater municipalities across the state. Fayard and Rathburn join several other CCWA operators who have earned this honor in the past.

CCWA competed against other award-winning systems within metro Atlanta and the state for the awards. Competition continues to be very tight for these prestigious industry awards, which signifies validation from fellow water professionals.

The Georgia Association of Water Professionals is the State’s premier professional association for water, wastewater and related issues. GAWP was founded in 1932, and started the first license program for water professionals in Georgia. For over 75 years, GAWP has provided the bulk of certified professional training for water and wastewater operators here in Georgia. GAWP is the nation’s second largest state-level association of water professionals and is formally affiliated with several other national professional organizations.

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