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MWA presented with top industry awards

February 16, 2017 by Chris Wood, Ph.D.

Bill Zieburtz (Center) presents awards to (L to R): Ronnie Evans, Operators Meritorious Service, Heather Veal, Collection System Platinum, Sylvia McCrary, Amerson Lab Certificate of Distinguished Merit, and Gary McCoy, U.S. President’s Volunteer Service.

The Macon Water Authority (MWA) wrapped up 2016 in the enviable position of being one of the most highly decorated utilities in Georgia.

During its February Board Meeting, the MWA Board of Directors received accolades that ranged from outstanding individual performances to departmental and utility-wide excellence, as judged by the Georgia Association of Water Professionals (GAWP) and others.

The headliner of the industry awards, which were announced last fall and presented at the February MWA Board Meeting, is the Operators Meritorious Service Award, as designated by the Georgia Section of the American Water Works Association (GAWWA). This industry honor, which recognizes the Top Water Plant Operator in Georgia, was presented to the Authority’s Ronnie Evans by Bill Zieburtz, GAWP Past President, on behalf of the state’s water industry trade association.

The Operators Meritorious Service Award is the highest honor given to a water plant operator in the state. Evans is a Class 1 Operator at the Frank C. Amerson, Jr. Water Treatment Plant and a past recipient of the GAWP Top Operator Award for Georgia’s District 5, an honor that qualifies applicants for the Operators Meritorious Service Award.

During the MWA February Meeting, Zieburtz also honored the Authority with the GAWP Collection System Platinum Award. The GAWP Collection System Award is given to those utilities that have achieved a grade of 95% or higher on their annual sewer system review conducted by peers in the water profession. The Platinum designation reflects a sewer system that’s achieved a grade of 95% or higher for at least five consecutive years. This past year marked the sixth consecutive time the MWA has attained this highest grade for sewer collection and conveyance system operations. The MWA was one of only seven utilities in Georgia to achieve Platinum status in 2016.

The MWA also received the GAWP Certificate of Distinguished Merit this past year for its Water Quality Laboratory at the Frank C. Amerson, Jr. Water Treatment Plant, which is a five-time recipient of the GAWP Plant of the Year Award. The Certificate is given to a water quality lab that achieves a score of 95% or higher on the industry’s annual review. The Amerson Plant’s Lab came in with a grade of 97.8 last year. Sylvia McCrary, Lab Supervisor at the Amerson Plant, accepted the Award on behalf of the Authority.

Also during the February MWA Board Meeting, the Authority received the U.S. President’s Volunteer Service Award as a GAWP Utility Leadership Patron achieving at least 200 hours of volunteer service over a 12-month period. In fact, three MWA employees – Gary McCoy, MWA Director of Water Operations, Heather Veal, MWA CMOM Coordinator, and Mark Wyzalek, MWA Director of Laboratory/Environmental Compliance – collectively invested 539 hours of volunteer service this past year. As a result, the MWA led all water utilities in Georgia in total employee hours dedicated to volunteerism in the community and industry.

Finally, the MWA Finance Department has received two coveted awards from the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA). The first is the GFOA Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting, which the MWA has received for the 19th consecutive year. The Authority obtained the Certificate for its Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) from the 2015 fiscal year (FY).

The MWA Finance Department also received the GFOA Award for Outstanding Achievement in Popular Annual Financial Reporting for its FY 2015 Popular Annual Financial Report (PAFR). This past year marked the fourth consecutive year the Authority has attained this industry award for the quality of its PAFR, which is a consolidated, easy-to-read report of MWA financials, system performance, capital projects, as well as other news and developments at the Authority for public review and feedback.

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