Honors & Awards Received
Recognizing ReWa’s Environmental Achievement
2009 SC Occupational Safety Council Award
ReWa is proud to announce that seven of its facilities won the South Carolina Occupational Safety Council Award (SCOSC). These awards represent the commitment of each facility’s manager to providing their staff with a safe place to work. The following plants were recognized: Durbin Creek, Georges Creek/Marietta, Grove Creek/Piedmont, Lower Reed, Pelham, Solids Management, and Taylors. SCOSC presents these awards to organizations with an OSHA Recordable Incidence Rate that is at least 50% below the state average incident rate; these awards are based on the facility’s total recordable incident rate. ReWa thanks its managers for their continued effort.
2009 SC Chamber of Commerce Safety Award
ReWa is proud to recognize its plants and facilities for winning 2009 South Carolina Chamber of Commerce Safety Awards. Treatment Plants: Ruth Graham, Piedmont and Grove Creek; Dargan Evans and Chris Elliott, Georges Creek/Marietta; David Skyles, Lower Reedy; David Collyer, Gilder Creek; Kyle Lindsay, Durbin Creek; Perry Ashmore, Pelham; and Fred Nesbitt, Mauldin Road.
The following facilities were also recognized: Tony Walton, Collections System; Charles Logue, Administrative Building; Russell Morris, Maintenance Shop; and Joey Collins, Solids Department. The South Carolina Chamber of Commerce Safety Awards are presented annually based on companies achieving a commendable lost workday case rate during 2009.
2009 SCDHEC Facility Excellence Awards
ReWa is proud to announce that all of its plants won the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (SCDHEC)’s Facility Excellence Awards.
– Durbin Creek, Kyle Lindsay
– Georges Creek, Chris Elliott
– Gilder Creek, David Collyer
– Grove Creek, Ruth Graham
– Lower Reedy, David Skyles
– Marietta, Chris Elliott & Dargan Evans
– Mauldin Road, Fred Nesbitt
– Piedmont, Ruth Graham
– Pelham, Perry Ashmore
The Facility Excellence Award is given based on criteria including budget, treatment process, innovative progress or solutions, public education, preventative maintenance and others. This year, ReWa went above and beyond with community outreach programs, a Biosolids program, the Annual River Sweep, the FOG (Fats, Oils and Grease) Campaign, and employee involvement.
2009 GFOA Excellence in Reporting Awards
For the sixteenth consecutive year, ReWa has been awarded the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Report for its Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR). The CAFR award is presented annually by the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) of the United States and Canada. The award is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting, and its attainment represents a significant accomplishment by a government and its management.
For the eleventh consecutive year, ReWa was awarded the Popular Annual Financial Reporting Award of Excellence for its annual report to the community. This award is also presented by the Government Finance Officers Association.
2009 NACWA Peak Performance Awards
Ten of ReWa’s Wastewater Treatment Plants (WWTP) received Peak Performance Awards
Ten of ReWa’s Wastewater Treatment Plants (WWTP) received Peak Performance Awards
ReWa is proud to announce that all ten of its Wastewater Treatment Plants (WWTP) received Peak Performance Awards from the National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA) during the Association’s 2009 Summer Conference and 39th Annual Meeting.
NACWA presented the prestigious Platinum Peak Performance Award to the Mauldin Road and Pelham WWTP. Platinum Awards recognize 100% compliance with National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permits over a consecutive five year period. Pictured to the left: Chair John Boyette (center) presents Platinum awards to Brian Goldsmith (left) and Fred Nesbitt (right).
Gold Peak Performance Awards were given to Gilder Creek, Lower Reedy, Slater-Marietta, Grove Creek, Piedmont, Durbin Creek and Georges Creek WWTPs, recognizing 100% compliance for 2008. NACWA’s Silver Peak Performance Award was presented to the Taylors WWTP for its outstanding compliance records in 2008. The Silver Peak Performance Awards recognize the achievement of member agencies for receiving no more than five NPDES permit violations. Pictured (L-R): Chair John Boyette, Ruth Graham, Kyle Lindsay, Winfred Riggins, Pete Petoski, Dargan Evans, Chris Elliot, and Kevin James.
2009 WEF Quarter Century Operators Club
Festus Stroud, Line Maintenance Supervisor, Inducted into Water Environment Fedetaion Quarter Century Operatos Club Hagan “Festus” Stroud, Line Maintenance Supervisor, was recently inducted into the Water Environment Federation (WEF) Quarter Century Operator club. The Quarter Century Operator Club recognizes operators of wastewater treatment facilities for their service and dedication in a difficult and dangerous profession.
2009 AAEE Stanley E. Kappe Award
Dr. Stephen P. Graef, Acting Technical Services Director at Renewable Water Resources (ReWa), recently received the 2009 Stanley E. Kappe AwardDr. Stephen P. Graef, Acting Technical Services Director at ReWa, recently received the 2009 Stanley E. Kappe Award at the Annual American Academy of Environmental Engineers (AAEE) Awards Luncheon in Washington DC. Graef is one of only five people receiving an individual award at the luncheon. The Stanley E. Kappe Award, established in 1983, is given to a Board Certified Environmental Engineer in recognition of outstanding service and leadership in promoting public awareness about the betterment of the environment, as well as innovation in finding new forms of environmental protection. The award also honors Graef’s professionalism in his field and attentiveness to the various factors that affect environmental protection. Recipients of this prestigious national award are managers of environmental protection enterprises, such as ReWa. Commission Chair John Boyette (left) presents the award to Graef (right).
2009 WEASC 5S Society Inductee
Glen McManus was inducted into the WEASC South Carolina Chapter of the 5S Society. Glen McManus, ReWa Director of Operations, was inducted into the WEASC South Carolina Chapter of the 5S Society in 2009. Members are chosen for their contributions of outstanding measure to their organization. ReWa Commission Chair John Boyette (left) congratulates McManus (right).
2009 WEASC Maintenance Person of the Year
Ken Deanhardt received the honor of the Maintenance Person of the Year at the Blue Ridge Foothills State Awards from the Water Environment Association of South Carolina (WEASC) Ken Deanhardt was named the 2009 Maintenance Person of the Year from the Water Environment Association of South Carolina (WEASC). As ReWa’s Instrumentation and Electronics Technician, Deanhardt maintains, repairs and upgrades all instrumentation, programmable logic controllers, variable frequency drives and plant control systems. Working at ReWa for more than 12 years, he manages the utility’s two largest plants in the system: Mauldin and Pelham Road. This award is presented annually for excellent achievement in the maintenance of a water, wastewater, collection or distribution system in South Carolina. ReWa Commission Chair John Boyette (left) presents award to Deanhardt (right).
2009 WEASC Golden Manhole Cover Award
Toby Humphries was awarded the 2008 WEASC Golden Man Hole Cover Award. Toby Humphries was awarded the 2009 WEASC Golden Manhole Cover Award. Humphries, ReWa’s TV & Clean Supervisor, received the Golden Manhole Award for outstanding contribution to the wastewater collection industry. The annual award recognizes the promotion of professionalism in Sewer Collection Systems in Operations, Maintenance, Design, Education, Training, Certification or Management and Planning. ReWa Commissioner Chair John Boyette (right) presents the award to Humphries (left).
2009 WEASC Dennis Pittman Award
Tony Walton Presented with Dennis Pittman Collection System AwardRobert “Tony” Walton, ReWa Collection System Manager, received the 2009 Dennis Pittman Collection System Award for exemplary operation of a collection system. The award is presented annually by WEASC as one of three WEASC Biosolids and Residual Management Awards. Criteria include significant recycling or reuse of natural resources such as nutrients, organic matter, or energy; consistent, cost-effective operation; public acceptance; compliant with all federal, state and local regulations; and excellence in project management. Former Board Chair J.D. Martin (right) presents Walton with award (left).