CCWA wins transporting water gold award

Water authority gets’ pretty close to perfection

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Distribution & Conveyance Compliance Specialist Charles Ecton (center) and Conveyance Supervisor William VonDenBosch (right) receive GAWP’s Wastewater Collection System Gold Award from GAWP President Bill Cannon during the Fall Conference Awards Luncheon.

Special Photo Distribution & Conveyance Compliance Specialist Charles Ecton (center) and Conveyance Supervisor William VonDenBosch (right) receive GAWP’s Wastewater Collection System Gold Award from GAWP President Bill Cannon during the Fall Conference Awards Luncheon.

MORROW— Clayton County Water Authority’s (CCWA) Wastewater Collection System was recently awarded the 2012 Georgia Association of Water Professionals (GAWP) Wastewater Collection System Gold Award.

CCWA was recognized as one of the best in the state of Georgia again. This is the second consecutive year CCWA has earned the Gold Award, according to CCWA spokesperson, Suzanne Brown.

“We couldn’t be more proud of this award,” said CCWA general manager P. Michael Thomas. “To continually compete against the big guys like Cobb and Gwinnett and score a 99.1 shows the caliber of employees we have working here at the water authority. They strive to expand their knowledge and skills so they can provide the best services to our customers. We set the standard for everyone else in our industry to measure themselves by [and] 99.1 is pretty close to perfection."

Wastewater collection (or conveyance) system programs focus on maintenance of the sewer lines that collect sewage from homes and businesses and safely transport it through a network of pipes to the treatment plants. CCWA maintains approximately 1,300 miles of sewer lines throughout Clayton County, Brown explained.

“A wastewater collection system is made up of sewer pipes that safely carry wastewater from toilets, sinks and showers to wastewater treatment plants,” she added. “CCWA's collection system staff is responsible for maintaining the 1,300 miles of sewer pipes throughout Clayton County.”

CCWA’s Distribution & Conveyance employees consistently earned a quantitative inspection score of 95 or higher. CCWA received the 2012 Collection System Gold Award during an awards luncheon held Nov. 13, according to Brown. CCWA competed against other award-winning systems within metro Atlanta and the state for the award. Competition continues to be very tight for these prestigious industry awards, which signifies validation from fellow water professionals, she added.

“This award really reflects how well employees throughout the authority work together, which is what has enabled CCWA to be a leader in our industry,” said CCWA Distribution & Conveyance Manager Bernard Franks.

Prior to the fall conference, a group of GAWP collection committee members visit each eligible system and spend four to six hours inspecting every aspect of the collection system. The evaluation includes hundreds of pages of documentation, plus specific areas are surveyed such as: employee certifications, management information systems, sanitary sewer overflow notifications, fats, oils and grease programs, pump station and lift station maintenance, engineering and sewer system capacity program, customer relations, planning, inspections, safety, material supply, vehicle maintenance, equipment condition, emergency response and employee training.

GAWP is a not-for-profit association founded in 1932 with membership of over 4,000 water and wastewater treatment plant operators and managers, municipal and industrial officials and environmental managers, civil engineers, environmental engineers, scientists, manufacturers and their representatives, contractors, elected officials and others concerned with Georgia's water resources.


Rhondajo3 2 years ago

As a Clayton Co. resident for 27 years, I am very proud of it's water reclamation process. It actually is one of the best in the world, and visitors from across the globe have come here to check it out! Don't forget that we are indebted to the employees from the 70s, who began modernizing our water system because of the tremendous growth we had then, that was partly due to Delta's expansion. Many Delta employees moved to Clayton Co. in the 70s. Thank you CCWA, for all that you have done over the years to keep our water system so highly efficient, that even when the rest of the state is in a drought, we always have plenty of water! :)


Robert 2 years ago

The Clayton Co. Water Authority certainly deserves its accolades for having the vision, way back when, and project future needs. To have planned for it and successfully seen it through all without a speck of controversy among its board members. If only local government could model themselves as well. Thank you CCWA.


OscarKnight 2 years ago

...It will take more than just water, to bring back Clayton County the way it once was.


SgtFranklinRock 1 year, 12 months ago

I too echo the accolades of Rhondajo3 and Robert but also agree strongly with OscarKnight. The tentacles of of some in County Government are reaching into the Water Authority Bond and Contract/Consulting world. There is much money to be tempted by within the Water Authority. Once the bastion of all that is good in Clayton County, it can quickly and quietly succumb to nefarious tendencies of some that are currently in authority if not closely watched. Watch the appointee's to the Board, esp. the most recent and check the bonds and engineering study contracts.


Robert 1 year, 12 months ago

Sherman !, where are you when we need you !


OscarKnight 1 year, 12 months ago

......Built It and They will come.

.......The Potable Water supply is often the bench mark on making an area more prosperous. Contrary to this popular belief, Clayton County is more proof that Murphy's Law is alive and doing well.


OscarKnight 1 year, 12 months ago

......The Ford Automotive Assembly Plant was very good at providing income, for our residents of this county. I knew many residents that worked at Ford, but, few that worked for airlines in this county. The sudden growth of Fayette County can be contributed to the expansions of The Airport....Those that have lived through the airport expansions, during the '60's might have a far different view about the airport.

......I arrived in Clayton County in 1960, and this was our High School : The Original North Clayton Communities of College Park :



OscarKnight 1 year, 12 months ago

......During the threats of the Fifth Runway, during the '90's, many homeowners, on the northern areas of Clayton County, was panicking because they seen this before. There was no easy way out from stopping the fifth runway, so, the timing was right to sell out to those that was totally ignorant about the fifth runway. This was when the Northern part of Clayton County was selling out, and receiving more than their homes was worth, to unqualified loans. The new homeowners didn't bring in enough income to restore or maintain these houses, much less making mortgage payments.The lending practices in this county was the most worse that I ever witnessed in this county. I seen houses being sold for 30 % percent over the true value., or more.Those that sold out received their money, The Realty Companies received their commissions, and when the loans went into default, who was left holding the bag ?

......Trust Me; This is the fact of how the mortgage crisis began in this county, long before the economy took a down turn for the worse.


OscarKnight 1 year, 12 months ago

......The County Elections of 1994, gave way to Victor Hill as our Sheriff, Eldrin Bell as our County Chairman, Jewel Scott as our Clayton County District Attorney, led by to the loss of our School System losing it's accreditation, and the problems that our county continues to suffer from, by being mismanaged by greed and corruption.

....Having Water won't bring back prosperity in our county, until this dysfunctional mess is cleaned up.....My Thanks, and my Appreciation, goes out to The Clayton News Daily for allowing me to post on their comment pages.


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