AWPCA Recognizes DU Plants for Excellence
Water, Wastewater Plants receive "Best Operated Plant" Award
Decatur Utilities was recognized at the 2016 Alabama Water and Pollution Control Association Conference for excellence in operation at its Water Treatment Plant (WTP) and Wastewater Treatment Plants (WWTP). Plant Superintendents Hagler Wiley, WTP, and John Beard, WWTP, were on hand to receive the awards. In addition, Beard received the 2016 Bolton-Crockett-Beck Award “for the advancement of the objectives of the Association through dedicated service to the Association and outstanding accomplishment in the Water Pollution Industry.”
DU’s Dry Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant received the “Best Operated Plant Award” for Mechanical Plants Greater than 10 Million Gallons per Day (MGD). The award is presented in recognition of outstanding operation achieved by the operators of the plant during 2016.
DU’s Water Treatment Plant received the “Best Operated Plant Award” for Distribution Systems with 25,001 – 50,000 meters and the “Award of Excellence” for Surface Water – Greater than 60 MGD. Both awards recognize the outstanding level of operation achieved by operators of the plant during 2016.
This is the second consecutive year in which both plants have received these awards.
Beard, who joined DU in 2012, was recognized for his accomplishments in wastewater treatment over the past 23 years. He has managed numerous wastewater facilities during his career and has overseen overarching plant upgrades including installing Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) technology, upgrading aging laboratory equipment, implementing new test procedures and managing other infrastructure improvement projects. Beard is also known for his meticulous attention to plant cleanliness and maintenance of plant grounds.
Water Resources Manager Tom Cleveland credited Wiley and Beard for the management of the plants and the operators, electricians, maintenance mechanics, engineers and other support personnel who work 24/7/365 to keep DU’s plants operating reliably and efficiently.
“Safe drinking water and the proper treatment of wastewater are vital to the health and wellbeing of our customers,” Cleveland said. "These men and women are dedicated to operating plants that meet or exceed all state and federal regulations. It is truly a team effort."
General Manager Ray Hardin echoed Cleveland’s sentiments, adding that these 2016 awards, and those received in previous years, reflect DU’s mission to provide safe, reliable utility services at the lowest possible rate and meet the needs of customers and employees. “We don’t make that statement lightly,” Hardin said. “I am extremely proud of the teams at our water and wastewater treatment plants and happy that their efforts for quality have been recognized."
DU Water Treatment Plant team with 2016 Best Operated Plant and Exellence Award
Wastewater Treatment Plant Superintendent John Beard (left) and Water Treatment Plant Superintendent Hagler Wiley (right) with multiple awards received at the 2016 AWPCA Conference.
Joe Holmes, communications and public relations coordinator