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Local utilities shine spotlight on often-unseen public services

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The Sacramento Area Section of the California Water Environment Association recognized six local agencies and three individuals for excellence in protection and enhancement of the water environment at its annual awards banquet in Sacramento last month.

South Placer Municipal Utility District, providing sewer collection and maintenance to Rocklin, Loomis, Penryn and a portion of Granite Bay, was honored with the Collection System of the Year Award.

The other 2012 award winners who received recognition for their contributions for providing outstanding accomplishments in the public service of wastewater management, collections and treatment included:

City of Auburn Wastewater Treatment Plant – Plant of the Year Award

Philip D. Sweet with the city of Roseville – Electrical/Instrumentation Person of the Year

Brown and Caldwell and the Sacramento Area Sewer District – Engineering Achievement Award for the Sacramento Area Sewer District’s Creek Protection Program

Laura T. Voss with Sierra Foothill Laboratory, Inc. – Laboratory Person of the Year

Steven Kline with Clean World – Young Professional of the Year

 “Protecting the water environment, assuring customers have reliable service and balancing the financial and public health are daunting responsibilities,” said Patrick Fuss, outgoing president of the CWEA Sacramento Area Section. “Thankfully, in the greater Sacramento area we have many unsung heroes that are quietly but effectively meeting these challenges every day. We are proud to be honoring them with these industry awards.”

The CWEA Sacramento Area Section, which includes more than 700 members from organizations throughout the region, represents a group of individuals from public and private agencies who are continually being called upon to meet increasing regulatory requirements, effectively managed assets that can range from small pieces of equipment to multi-million dollar treatment plants, maintain a highly skilled workforce, provide excellent customer service and work within the challenging budgetary constraints of today’s economy.

“The 2012 CWEA Sacramento Area Section awards, given in January of 2013, represent a just a small number of individuals and agencies that are meeting these challenges and more for the benefit of public and the environment,” according to CWEA media release.

For more information on CWEA, visit cwea.org or cwea.org/sac.