CONCORD – The City of Concord Wastewater Resources Department has been awarded the first ever North Carolina Collection System of the Year Award.
This award was presented by the North Carolina American Water Works Association and the North Carolina Water Environment Association
(NC AWWA-WEA), an association dedicated to providing water and wastewater education, training, and service in an effort to protect public health and the environment. NC AWWA-WEA has over 3,000 members in North Carolina, comprised of individuals from municipal and private utilities, consulting engineering firms, government agencies, companies who provide equipment and supplies to the industry, and representatives of academia who teach and conduct research in water and wastewater-related areas.
The purpose of the North Carolina Collection System of the Year Award is to identify and recognize the municipality that protects the public health and the natural beauty of the environment through proactive practices of management, operations, and maintenance beyond what is required by its NC Department of Environment and Natural Resources collection system permit.
“This was truly a team effort that extends beyond the Wastewater Resources Department,” said former Wastewater Resources Director Mark Fowler, who recently accepted a position with WSACC. “This award also represents many years of work from equipment purchases for line cleaning or replacement, to rehabilitation projects, lining pipe, and replacing manholes. We appreciate the support we get from management and Council to allow us to operate our system as we do.”
A maximum of four wastewater collection systems in our state may be recognized each year – one for each system size category (large, medium, small, and micro). Concord’s wastewater collection system fell within the large system category (greater than 500 miles of gravity sewer). This year is the first time this award has been issued in North Carolina. The Wastewater Resources Department was presented with a plaque at the NC AWWA-WEA’s annual conference
in November, which was held at the Concord Convention Center.
As a recipient, the Wastewater Resources Department has demonstrated the performance of quality collection system maintenance through the efficient use of labor, materials, equipment, and innovative methods to keep the system in good working condition. Proper system maintenance minimizes potential health hazards and property damage that can be caused by sanitary sewer overflows.
No collection system is without defects and Concord’s system is no exception. Portions of the system are over 100 years old; however, dedicated staff members tirelessly monitor, inspect, clean, and rehabilitate the system. This award recognizes this effort and honors the personnel that provide this service to our community. Congratulations to the Wastewater Resources Department team for this prestigious award.
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1st row: Ed Cook, Darell Gazeley, Johnny Gardner, Jesse Sloop, Patrick Helms
2nd row: Chris Reid, Jeff Turner, Aaron Cook, James Green, Joseph Burleson, Arthur Reid, Brandon Cline, Mark Colangelo
3rd row: Gary Fritz, Brian Stancil, Mike McIntosh, Ronnie Allman, Bobby Huneycutt, Jamie Talbert, Chad Grimm, Brian Harwood
4th row: Tim Dixon, Eric Miller, Jeb Clay, Steve Bowers, Phillip Tipton, Jonathan Rabon
5th row: Mark Fowler (former director)
not pictured: Mark Varnadore