City Beat: Public Works receives further water management recognition

Staff Report 

The Rockford Public Works Department staff was honored last week at the Illinois Section American Water Works Annual (ISAWWA) Conference and Expo (WATERCON) in Springfield.

WATERCON addresses the “total water” cycle, stormwater management, wastewater treatment, potable water treatment and water reuse and provides a forum for attendees to share best practices with their peers and discuss challenges with the water industry.

Water treatment supervisor, Kyle Saunders, was presented with the Illinois Section AWWA YP Excellence Award. The Illinois Section AWWA YP Excellence Award was established to recognize the contributions of young/new members whose service and achievements are exceptional for their years of experience.

The award is given annually to one member of the organization who has demonstrated an active commitment to the organization and the profession as a whole.

“Kyle is a knowledgeable and dynamic young professional with an extremely positive and professional demeanor when interacting with other members, and water professionals throughout Illinois,” stated Ashley Bernard, the city’s water operations manager. “The City of Rockford and the ISAWWA are truly fortunate to have a consummate young professional like Kyle.”

Michael Montana, senior engineering technician, was awarded first place in the 2016 WATERCON Poster Competition. The subject of the competition can range from GIS mapping, managing water accounts, or a host of many other diverse challenges facing today’s public water utilities. Montana’s submission, “Rockford’s Aging Infrastructure,” included the challenges the water utility will face as it begins a new era of replacing some of the oldest water mains in the city’s system.

“Michael did an outstanding job and his victory was well deserved,” said Greg Cassaro, interim water superintendent.

Rockford was recently recognized for its stormwater management efforts by the Illinois Association for Floodplain and Stormwater Management.

The department recently released a video highlighting its work in these areas.

Rockford_Water_Process_1080-Final from City of Rockford on Vimeo.

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