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.