March 12, 2014 is Georgia’s
“Thank a Water Professional” Day!
Today – March 12, 2014 – has been designated as “Thank a Water Professional” Day by the Georgia General Assembly in honor of the 50th Anniversary of the Georgia Water Quality Control Act and the contributions Georgia’s water professionals make every day in the care and improvement of the state’s water resources. The resolution also commends the Georgia Association of Water Professionals (GAWP) and the Georgia Rural Water Association (GRWA).
At Dalton Utilities, our “water professionals” work in the following areas of service: water treatment & distribution, wastewater collection & treatment and stormwater management. Employees in each of these service areas hold professional certifications from the State of Georgia and are required to participate in training every year to stay current. For instance, our water/wastewater operators have three levels of certification with Class One being the highest. Of Dalton Utilities’ 45 water and wastewater operators, 35 hold Class One certifications, one holds a Class Two certification, and six hold Class Three certifications. Three new employees are in the process of becoming certified.
At Dalton Utilities, our many water, wastewater and stormwater professionals provide service to our customers 24 hours a day – seven days a week. As stated in our Guiding Principles, “we will recognize our employees as our greatest asset and make their safety Priority One.” These employees work tirelessly to provide our customers with clean drinking water, manage wastewater and stormwater and protect our natural resources. Their dedication is shown through the numerous recognition and awards we have received for our water, wastewater and stormwater operations:
GAWP (Georgia Association of Water Professionals) Platinum Award for 15 consecutive years of excellence in plant operations for all Dalton Utilities’ water treatment plants (1999-2013)
GAWP Platinum Award (1999-2008) and Gold Award (2010 – 2013) for excellence in plant operations for all Dalton Utilities’ wastewater treatment plants and Land Application System
GAWP Water Distribution System of the Year (2004, 2006, 2008)
GAWP Wastewater Collection System of the Year (2004 & 2006)
GAWP Water Treatment Plant of the Year (2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010 & 2012)
GAWP Wastewater Treatment Plant of the Year (2005, 2006, 2008, 2010,2011, 2012* & 2013) * two awards in same year
GAWP Top Op Award – Wastewater (2004)
GAWP Top Op Award – Water (2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 & 2011)
GAWP Best Consumer Confidence Report (2006, 2008 & 2010)
GAWP Public Education Award (2008)
GAWP Laboratory Quality Assurance at a Drinking Water Laboratory (2005 & 2007)
GAWP Laboratory Quality Assurance at Municipal Wastewater Laboratory (2006)
GAWP Drinking Water Taste Test Winner – (2006, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012 & 2013)
GAWP Volunteer Service Award – Bronze Level (2008 & 2009)
GAWP Ira C. Kelley Laboratory Excellence Award – David White (2013)
So a huge THANKS to all those professionals who make our community work by providing the water, wastewater and stormwater services needed by local residents and businesses each day!
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