Dalton Utilities Receives Top State Honors from GAWP

Dalton Utilities Receives Top State Honors
Top Row – Jonathan Burgess, Leroy Terry & Brandon Posey
Middle Row – Joe Tankersley, Trystan Fossett, Loren Herod & David Miles
Bottom Row – Bruce Parrott, Robert Densmore, Kenny Stokes & Kevin Young

Dalton Utilities was recently recognized with eight awards at the Georgia Association of Water Professional’s (GAWP) Spring Conference.

One of the seven awards included the 2018 Top Operator Award for District 1 Wastewater Collection System Operator.  This was awarded to Brandon Posey, a Dalton Utilities Wastewater Collection Crew Leader who joined the Utility in March of 2016.  He is certified by the state in Wastewater Collection and Water Distribution.  The Top Op Awards are conferred annually to Water and Wastewater employees who have demonstrated consistent and outstanding contributions to their profession.

As a crew leader, Brandon provides leadership to our scout truck crew which responds to customer complaints, facilitates confined space related work, inspects creek crossings, executes monthly inspections of manholes and cleaning of high maintenance sewer services/mains and easement inspections/maintenance. He is also on our standby emergency wastewater and water crews.

Dalton Utilities’ Riverbend Wastewater Treatment Plant was named the 2017 Wastewater Treatment Plant of the Year and also received a Platinum Award.  Recipients of  GAWP’s Plant of the Year Award must show outstanding plant operations, including employee resources, facilities and operations, safety, emergency response protocols, and staff technical training.

L-R: Micah Cartledge, Rob Campbell, Bruce Blackwell and Jamie Cox

“Plants nominated for ‘Plant of the Year’ undergo rigorous onsite inspections which include a detailed review of permit performance, operational efficiency, and professional certification of employees. A team of two to four inspectors will take a whole day to review records and inspect plant buildings,” said Jonathan Melton, Dalton Utilities’ Director of Watershed Operations.  “These inspectors are always water or wastewater operators from other cities who do not compete in the same category.  The team will also randomly question our plant operators on the details of plant operation and our state permits.”

The Riverbend plant is a “sister” plant to the Utility’s Loopers Wastewater Treatment Plant and can treat up to 20 million gallons per day (MGD) of wastewater.  The Riverbend plant houses a fine screens building which screens all incoming wastewater (or influent) for itself and the Loopers plant.  Dalton Utilities’ Loopers and Mill Creek Wastewater Treatment Plants also won Gold Awards for 2017.

Additionally, Dalton Utilities received Platinum Awards for the V.D. Parrott, Jr. Water Treatment Plant and Mill Creek Water Treatment Plant, and a Gold Award for the Freeman Springs Water Treatment Plant.

GAWP is Georgia’s largest professional water and wastewater organization with more than 5,000 members involved in every aspect of water management and protection.

  • 2018 Op Award for Wastewater Collections  – Brandon Posey
  • 2017 GAWP Wastewater Treatment Plant of the Year – Riverbend Wastewater Treatment Plant
  • GAWP Platinum Award – Riverbend Wastewater Treatment Plant
  • GAWP Platinum Award – V.D. Parrott, Jr. Water Treatment Plant
  • GAWP Platinum Award – Mill Creek Water Treatment Plant
  • Gold Award – Freeman Springs Water Treatment Plant
  • Gold Award – Loopers Wastewater Treatment Plant
  • Gold Award – Mill Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant