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Drinking Water Week a global success

May 20, 2013 by Dr. Chris Wood

MWA Top Operator Bill Maine provides insights on operations at the Authority’s Amerson Water Treatment Facility for a delegation of Rotary Group Study Exchange professionals from Bolivia during Drinking Water Week in May.

The Macon Water Authority (MWA) celebrated Drinking Water Week in fine fashion this year, hosting an open house for the public and entertaining international guests seeking insights on the water industry and water utility operations in the United States.

Nearly 100 guests took part in the Open House at the MWA Frank C. Amerson, Jr. Water Treatment Plant on Thursday, May 9, touring the plant and getting an operator’s perspective on how to produce the Best Tasting Drinking in North America. The Amerson Plant has been awarded the state’s best water plant on four separate occasions.

Also during Drinking Water Week, the MWA hosted a small contingency of young professionals from Bolivia who were taking part in the Rotary International Group Study Exchange, being hosted by the three local Rotary Clubs in Macon – the Macon Rotary, the Downtown Rotary, and the Uptown Rotary Clubs – who are within Rotary’s District 6920.

The Rotary Group Study Exchange (GSE) program has six different areas of professional and community development interests. The four professionals from Bolivia touring the MWA Amerson Plant during Drinking Water Week were involved in the Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene area of study with the GSE program.

“As a part of the Rotary Group Study Exchange, professionals from other countries come to the United States to understand how areas (of the business or community) work, so they can return to their country to apply what they’ve learned,” says Elizabeth Hardin, a local Rotarian who was hosting the delegation from Bolivia while they were visiting Macon. “Rotary GSE has a vocational and cultural emphasis, with an ultimate goal to advance humanitarian efforts around the world.”

The Rotary GSE delegation from Bolivia included Rotary team leader Teresa Adachi, GIS specialist Ruth Anivarro, Biologist Andrea Prieto, and Engineer Afnan Agramont, who all spent more than a month in the state of Georgia, touring water and sewer utilities and gaining insights from water professionals. Lessons learned hopefully will have a positive impact on public utility operations in their community back in Bolivia.

“The trip to Macon was amazing, and everyone was so nice and helpful in answering our questions about water and sanitation issues we face in our home country,” says Adachi. “We are so impressed by the operations and people at the Macon Water Authority.”

Media contact:
Chris Wood, Ph.D.
770-757-1681 (phone)
jcwood@uga.edu (email)

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