AWA Water Treatment Operator George Barnes (right) with his “Outstanding Small Plant Operator Award,” for his work at AWA’s Buckhorn Water Treatment Plant. Presenting the award is Joel Mottishaw, AWA Water Treatment Supervisor.
The award recognizes “outstanding contributions by a plant operator working at a membrane filtration, desalination or water reuse facility that resulted in significant, long-term improvement in water production and/or water reuse.”
Barnes was nominated for his technical work in construction of the Buckhorn Water Treatment Plant’s Backwash Recycling Plant, a project that dramatically reduced the amount of filter wash water disposed and solved a perennial wastewater storage problem on the Upcountry water system.
“George has been an immeasurably important influence within the AWA water treatment department, especially over the last 5 years, as we’ve navigated startup of the recycle facility and Gravity Supply Line,” said Joel Mottishaw, AWA Water Treatment Supervisor.
Barnes, a 14-year AWA employee, was congratulated on his award and thanked for his dedication to his work with a resolution of commendation by AWA Directors at their July 11, 2019 Board meeting.