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MWA recognized with industry awards at GAWP Fall Conference

Nov 28, 2011 by Dr. Chris Wood

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Heather Veal (right), CMOM Coordinator for the MWA, receives the Gold Award for the Authority’s Sewer Collection System during the GAWP Fall Conference from MWA Executive Director Tony Rojas, who is GAWP President this year.

The Macon Water Authority’s (MWA) most recent industry report card is in, and the utility brought home all A’s during the Fall Conference of the Georgia Association of Water Professionals (GAWP), held Nov. 14-16, in Athens.
The MWA received a 2011 Gold Award for its Wastewater Collection System, which is the highest honor for sewer systems in the state. The MWA attained a quantitative score of 95 or higher from the review of its system by industry judges.

The MWA Kids Fishing Derby, with a quantitative score of 96, received the 2011 Best Innovative Initiative Award in Public Education for hosting the best (and most unique) special event designed to educate the public about the water industry. The Kids Fishing Derby was held on Saturday, June 4, with a record crowd of 600 participants enjoying the event.

The MWA also received a 2011 Certificate of Distinguished Achievement for its annual Ocmulgee Alive! The river cleanup scored a 95 to receive this distinction as one of the best industry-sponsored special events of the year, held in conjunction with the statewide Rivers Alive campaign. Another record crowd of 345 volunteers took part in the river cleanup on Saturday, October 22.

Finally, the Authority’s Ray Simmons was inducted into the GAWP Golden Manhole Society for exemplary service to the industry and the professional association, joining Heather Veal (2010), Mike Beard (2009), and Darryl Macy (2006), as previous inductees.

The MWA competes most often within the large system category for GAWP awards, which provides the stiffest competition. In addition, the threshold for receiving industry awards from GAWP is rising, making it more and more difficult to attain statewide recognition for program achievement. Certificates of excellence for facilities or operations have required a minimum grade of 85 in the past, whereas the minimum grade is 90, or in some cases 95, to receive such recognition today.

Media contact:
Chris Wood, Ph.D.
P: 770-757-1681
E: jcwood@uga.edu

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