The Alabama Rural Water Association just completed its 39th Annual Technical Training Conference which
took place on March 12-15, 2017 at the Mobile Convention Center in Mobile, Alabama. One of
the most anticipated events that takes place during the conference is the Awards Luncheon. This event
recognizes those individuals that have dedicated their lives to the endeavor of providing safe, clean drinking
water to their customers, to those individuals that are responsible for the treatment of wastewater so that it can
be safely released back to the environment, to those individuals that handle the day to day water office operations
including accounting, billing, record keeping, etc., to those on the Boards and Councils that establish policies
and procedures for efficient water utility management and to those individuals whose careers in water research and planning have benefited the public water supply industry in so many ways. Congratulations to all of those that were nominated!
We will have a full story on the awards soon, but until then, here are the essentials.
General Manager of the Year Award
Joe Summersgill – Mobile County Water, Sewer & FPA
Water Operator of the Year Award
Chris Patterson - Jacksonville Water Works Gas & Sewer Board
Wastewater Operator of the Year Award
James Dean - North Baldwin Utilities
Office Worker of the Year Award
Christy Huff – Walnut Hill Water Authority
John A. Garrett Outstanding Service Award
Michael Waters – Department of Homeland Security
Water Utility Vision Award
CWM Water Authority
Wastewater Utility Vision Award
Fort Payne Water Works Board
Individuals are recognized in the following Award Categories:
Water Operator of the Year Award- recognizes a State of Alabama Certified Water Treatment Operator with outstanding leadership abilities and accomplishments in water utility operations.
Wastewater Operator of the Year Award - recognizes a State of Alabama Certified Wastewater Treatment Operator with outstanding leadership abilities and accomplishments in wastewater utility operations.
Office Worker of the Year Award - recognizes an administrative employee for outstanding performance in office management and procedures.
Board Member/Director of the Year Award - recognizes an individual who serves as a board member responsible for governing decisions resulting in significant contributions toward the success, growth and customer satisfaction of the utility.
John A. Garrett Outstanding Service Award - recognizes an individual who has made significant contributions throughout the State in support of water and wastewater during his/her career. This award offers an opportunity to nominate a professional individual such as an Alabama Department of Environmental Management staff member, USDA Rural Development staff member, Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs staff member, Alabama Congressional Member, State of Alabama Legislator, engineer, etc. who has been instrumental to the success of utility growth and progress in Alabama.