The NWPCA recognized six RI wastewater treatment facilities and three wastewater treatment professionals for outstanding achievements in 2014 at its annual awards ceremony held on May 9th at the Potowomut Golf Club in Warwick.  The Vice President of the New England Water Environment Association, Ray Willis, also recognized four RI operators and the Narragansett Bay Commission for awards received from that regional organization.

This year’s award winners were:

  • Most Efficient Small Secondary Treatment Facility — Town of New Shoreham
  • Most Efficient Medium Secondary Treatment Facility — Town of Warren (Operated by United Water)
  • Most Efficient Large Secondary Treatment Facility — Narragansett Bay Commission (Field’s Point)
  • Most Efficient Small Advanced Treatment Facility — Town of Smithfield (Operated by Veolia Water)
  • Most Efficient Large Advanced Treatment Facility — City of Cranston (Operated by Veolia Water)
  • Joseph Mattera Safety Award — Narragansett Bay Commission

In addition, the NWPCA recognized the following individuals for professional excellence:

Michael Spring, Narragansett Bay Commission (Field’s Point Facility), the James Marvelle Award for leadership and contributions to the NWPCA

Thomas Azevedo, United Water – East Providence, Collections System Operator of the Year

Joseph Crosby, Narragansett Bay Commission (Field’s Point Facility), Robert J. Markelewicz Award for outstanding contributions to wastewater treatment system maintenance

The New England Water Environment Association recognized the following Rhode Island recipients:

Michael Bedard from the Town of West Warwick, received the Alfred E. Peloquin Award for his contributions to the wastewater operations profession.

Barry O’Brien from the Warwick Sewer Authority was named Operator of the Year.

Kyle Arnold, an employee of CH2MHill which operates the Woonsocket wastewater treatment facility, received the Operator Safety Award.

The Narragansett Bay Commission received awards for outstanding asset/infrastructure management and outstanding achievements in energy management.

The Warwick Sewer Authority received the NEWEA wastewater utility management award.

Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management Director Janet Coit congratulated all the award winners in a press release saying: “DEM’s regulatory role is an important one, but we also recognize the mutual benefits of supporting the wastewater collections and treatment professions. These men and women are responsible for treating some 100 million gallons of commercial, residential, and industrial wastewater every day, and they certainly deserve our respect, support, and thanks for the work that they do—too often without notice.”

Congratulations to all this year’s award winners.  Keep up the great work!