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MWA Director of Water Operations Honored

Aug 16, 2021 by Chris Wood, Ph.D.


Gary McCoy, MWA Director of Water Operations, received the water industry’s Hugh A. Wyckoff Award during the recent Georgia Association of Water Professional Annual Conference & Expo.

Gary McCoy receives the GAWP Hugh A. Wyckoff Award

The Macon Water Authority’s (MWA) Director of Water Operations may have to invest in a trophy case within his office, as he continues to add to his collection of water industry awards. Most recently, Gary McCoy received the Hugh A. Wyckoff Award from the Georgia Association of Water Professionals (GAWP) during the state’s recent Annual Conference & Expo in Savannah.

The purpose of the GAWP Wyckoff Award is to encourage active and sustaining participation in the GAWP, to recognize the application of increased knowledge to the service of water supply and water pollution control in Georgia communities and industries, and to recognize outstanding accomplishment in the promotion of the profession. The Award is presented annually to a GAWP Member who has rendered unusual or outstanding service in planning, promoting, or assisting in the conduct of the Association.

McCoy started his career in the water industry in 1981 as a janitor with the City of Cartersville Water Treatment Plant. After six months, he transferred to the Cartersville Wastewater Plant and received his Class III Certification (the entry level of certification for plant operators). After eight years as a Wastewater Plant Operator, he transferred back to the Water Treatment Plant in Cartersville and received his Surface Water Certification. In 1994, McCoy was promoted to Assistant Plant Manager, and two years later, he was named Water Plant Superintendent.

After working 21 years with the City of Cartersville, McCoy accepted the position of Plant Manager at the City of Atlanta’s Hemphill Water Plant. Then in 2003, the MWA hired him as Plant Superintendent, and within six months, he was named Director of Water Operations.
In addition to achieving his Class III Wastewater Certification early in his career, McCoy has gone on to earn his Class I Water Treatment Certification (the highest possible certification for water plant operators), as well as Certification as a Water Distribution System Operator.

This is not the first time McCoy has been honored by water industry professionals. In 2019, the American Water Works Association (AWWA) presented McCoy with its Silver Water Drop Award for 25 years of service. In addition, McCoy was honored with GAWP Honorary Membership as “a person of eminence in one or more fields in the water profession.”

The year prior, in 2018, McCoy received the GAWP President’s Award for outstanding leadership and support of the Association and its water professionals. That same year under McCoy’s leadership, the MWA received the highest possible grade from the sanitary survey of the MWA water system by Georgia EPD. The regulatory agency found “No Deficiencies” in the MWA system during that most recent sanitary survey, which is a thorough analysis of facilities, operations, and all aspects of drinking water production and distribution every three years.

In 2017, McCoy received the inaugural Champion of Diversity Award from the Georgia Section of the American Water Works Association (GAWWA). This award recognizes an individual, group or organization that creates, promotes and maintains diversity by establishing an environment that encourages and effectively utilizes individual talents.

As Director of Water Operations, McCoy has helped the MWA attain a number of facility and system awards during his tenure at the Authority, including multiple Gold Awards for system evaluation scores of 95% or higher, multiple Gold and Platinum Awards for 100% permit compliance at the Amerson Water Treatment Plant, multiple Plant of the Year Awards for the Amerson Plant, and the ultimate national award as “The Best Tasting Drinking Water in North America,” as judged by AWWA in 2009.

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