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Awards & Recognition



2016
  GAWP Top Op Awards for District I
      Gary Hill - Wastewater Collection
      Todd Miller - Water Distribution
      Matt Warner - Wastewater Treatment Plant Operations
  GAWP Wastewater Treatment Plant of the Year
      Riverbend Wastewater Treatment Plant
  Best Internet Provider in Northwest Georgia
      The Daily Citizen Readers' Choice Awards
 
2015
  GAWP Wastewater Collection System Operator of the Year
      District 1 – Tobie Burke (2nd year is a row that DU employee won this award.)
  Best Internet Provider in Northwest Georgia
      The Dalton Daily Citizen Readers’ Choice Awards
  GAWP Gold Award for the Wastewater Collection System
     
  GAWP Platinum Award
      All Water Plants (17th Consecutive Year)
  GAWP Platinum Award
      For the LAS (Riverbend and Loopers)
  GAWP Wastewater Treatment Plant of the Year
      For Loopers (Non-Discharging LAS Greater than 10 MGD)
  GAWP Wastewater Treatment Plant of the Year
      For the Mill Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant
 
2014
  GAWP Platinum Award
      All Water Plants
  GAWP Platinum Award
      For LAS
  GAWP Top Op – District 1
      Frank Kovach (Water Distribution – dual certified in Water Distribution/Wastewater Collection) & Josh Roberts (Wastewater Collection – wastewater collection certification)
  GAWP Wastewater Treatment Plant of the Year Award
      Riverbend Plant
  GAWP Water Treatment Plant of the Year Award
      Mill Creek WTP
  Best Internet Provider in Northwest Georgia
      The Dalton Daily Citizen Readers’ Choice Awards
  GAWP Water Distribution System of the Year
     
 
2013
  GAWP Wastewater Treatment Plant of the Year Award
      Loopers Wastewater Plant (Non Discharging LAS Greater than 10 MGD)
  GAWP Platinum Award
      All Water Plants (15th Consecutive Year)
  GAWP Gold Award for LAS
     
  GAWP Drinking Water Taste Test Award
      Mill Creek Water Treatment Plant – 1st Place in District #1
  GAWP Ira C. Kelley Award
      David White won this award for demonstrating outstanding accomplishments in operating an environmental laboratory facility.
  Best Internet Provider in Northwest Georgia
      The Dalton Daily Citizen Readers’ Choice Awards
 
2012
  GAWP Wastewater Treatment Plant of the Year Award
      Riverbend Wastewater Plant (Non Discharging LAS Greater than 10 MGD)
  GAWP Wastewater Treatment Plant of the Year Award
      Mill Creek Wastewater Plant (Advanced Treatment less than 1 MGD)
  GAWP Platinum Award
      All Water Plants (14th Consecutive Year)
  GAWP Gold Award for LAS
      3nd Year - Won 10 Previous Awards, 1999-2008
  GAWP Water Treatment Plant of the Year Award
      Mill Creek Water Plant (Surface Water 3.0 MGD - 14.99 MGD)
  GAWP Drinking Water Taste Test Award
      V.D. Parrott Jr. Treatment Plant (River Water) 1st place in District #1
  GAWP Wastewater Collection System Gold Award
     
  Best Internet Provider in Northwest Georgia
      The Dalton Daily Citizen Readers’ Choice Awards
 
2011
  GAWP Top Op – District 1
      Dale Stanley (Class 1 – water operator)
  GAWP Wastewater Treatment Plant of the Year Award
      Loopers Wastewater Plant
  GAWP Drinking Water Taste Test Award – District #1
      Mill Creek Water Plant
  GAWP Drinking Water Taste Test Award
      2nd place in State – Mill Creek Water Plant
  GAWP Distinguished Achievement
      Best Innovative Water Education Initiative for “In the Know About H2O”
  GAWP Platinum Award
      All Water Plants (13th Consecutive year)
  GAWP Gold Award
      LAS (2nd year - won 11 previous awards, 1999-2008)
  Leading Gas Distribution Utilities Award
      Pipeline & Gas Journal
  Best Internet Provider in Northwest Georgia
      The Dalton Daily Citizen Readers’ Choice Awards
 
2010
  GAWP Water Treatment Plant of the Year Award
      Mill Creek Water Plant (Surface Water 3.0 MGD - 14.99 MGD)
  GAWP Wastewater Treatment Plant of the Year Award
      Riverbend Wastewater Plant (Non Discharging LAS Greater than 10 MGD)
  GAWP Wastewater Treatment Plant of the Year Award
      Mill Creek Wastewater Plant (Advanced Treatment less than 1 MGD)
  GAWP Top Op – District 1
      Howard Hunt (Class 1 – water operator)
  GAWP Platinum Award to all water plants
      12th consecutive year
  GAWP Gold Award for LAS
      (won 11 previous awards, 1999-2008)
  GAWP Drinking Water Taste Test Award
      V.D. Parrott Jr. Water Plant
  GAWP Best Consumer Confidence Report
     
  Leading Gas Distribution Utilities Award
      Pipeline & Gas Journal
  Best Internet Provider in Northwest Georgia
      The Dalton Daily Citizen Readers’ Choice Awards
 
2009
  GAWP Wastewater Treatment Plant of the Year Award
      Loopers Wastewater Plant
  GAWP Top Op
      Rob Campbell (Class 1 – water operator)
  GAWP Drinking Water Taste Test Award
      V.D. Parrott Jr. Water Plant
  GAWP Volunteer Service Award
      Bronze Level
  GAWP Platinum Award to all water plants
      11th consecutive year
  Leading Gas Distribution Utilities
      Pipeline & Gas Journal
  Best Internet Provider in Northwest Georgia
      The Dalton Daily Citizen Readers’ Choice Awards
 
2008
  GAWP Wastewater Treatment Plant of the Year Award
      Riverbend Wastewater Plant
  GAWP Top Op
      Gene Peters (Class I - water operator)
  GAWP Drinking Water Taste Test Award
      V.D. Parrott Jr. Water Plant
  GAWP Public Education Award
      1st Place
  GAWP Best Consumer Confidence Report
     
  GAWP Volunteer Service Award
      Bronze Level
  GAWP Water Distribution System of the Year Award
     
  GAWP Platinum Award to all water plants
      10th consecutive year
  GAWP Platinum Award for LAS
      10th consecutive year
  Leading Gas Distribution Utilities Award
      Pipeline & Gas Journal
  Best Internet Provider in Northwest Georgia
      The Dalton Daily Citizen Readers’ Choice Awards
 
2007
  GAWP Laboratory Quality Assurance
      Drinking Water Laboratory
  Leading Gas Distribution Utilities
      Pipeline & Gas Journal
  GAWP Water Plant of the Year Award
      Freeman Springs Water Plant
  GAWP Top Op
      Michael Silvers (Class I - water operator)
  GAWP Platinum Award to all water plants
      9th consecutive year
  GAWP Platinum Award for LAS
      9th consecutive year
  National Locate Rodeo
      3rd Place Finish – Eric Atkins
 
2006
  Certifications Obtained
      17 employees obtained certifications in areas including water and wastewater plants, distribution, erosion control, backflow, and Professional Engineering
  Best Internet Provider in Northwest Georgia
      The Dalton Daily Citizen Readers’ Choice Awards
  GAWP Platinum Award to all water plants
      7th consecutive year
  GAWP Drinking Water Taste Test Award
      Freeman Springs Plant
  GAWP Platinum Award for LAS
      7th consecutive year
  GAWP Best Consumer Confidence Report Award
     
  GAWP Laboratory Quality Assurance
      At Municipal Wastewater Laboratory
  GAWP Water Distribution System of the Year
     
  GAWP Wastewater Collection System of the Year Award
     
  GAWP Wastewater Plant of the Year Award
      Loopers Wastewater Plant
  GAWP Water Plant of the Year Award
      Mill Creek Water Plant
  Smart Community
      Dalton, GA named National 2006 “Smart Community” at the Digital Cities EXPO recognizing the forward-thinking associated with OptiLink’s widespread broadband access
 
2005
  GAWP Best Operated Water Plant of the Year Award
      Freeman Springs Plant (1 MGD to 2.99 MGD category)
  GAWP Best Operated Wastewater Plant of the Year Award
      Riverbend WWTP (Greater than 10 MGD LAS category)
  GAWP Platinum Awards for all Water Treatment Plants
      Six consecutive years of excellence in operations
  GAWP Platinum Award for Land Application System
      Six consecutive years of excellence in operations
  GAWP Laboratory Quality Assurance
      At a Drinking Water Laboratory
 
2004
  GW&PCA Platinum Award for Land Application System
      Five consecutive years of excellence in operations
  GW&PCA Platinum Award for all Water Treatment Plants
      Five consecutive years of excellence in plant operations
  GW&PCA Wastewater Collection System of the Year
     
  GW&PCA Water Distribution System of the Year
     
  Damage Prevention Advocate Award from Utilities Protection Center (UPC) for Damage Prevention
      First ever awarded to a utility
  UPC Damage Prevention Advocate Award
      Awarded to Dalton Utilities locator Ronnie Maney
  GW&PCA Top Op
      Danny Mathis (wastewater operator)
  Recognized by the Department of Natural Resources’ Board
      For our phosphorus reduction efforts
  GW&PCA Laboratory Quality Assurance
      Drinking Water Laboratory
  GW&PCA Laboratory Quality Assurance
      Municipal Wastewater Laboratory
  Top 300 Gas Distribution Utility
      Pipeline & Gas Journal
 
2003
  GW&PCA Gold Award
      For Land Application System
  GW&PCA Gold Award
      For all Water Treatment Plants GW&PCA
  GW&PCA Water Plant of the Year Award
      Freeman Springs
 
2002
  GW&PCA Gold Award
      For Land Application System
  GW&PCA Gold Award
      For all Water Treatment Plants
 
2001
  GW&PCA Gold Award
      For Land Application System
  GW&PCA Gold Award
      For all Water Treatment Plants
  GW&PCA Laboratory QA/QC Certificate of Achievement
      In Category of a Wastewater System > 10 MGD
  GW&PCA Public Education Award
     
  Business Health Award
     
  Keep Dalton-Whitfield Beautiful
      First Step Award
  Keep Dalton-Whitfield Beautiful
      21st Century Green Salute Award
 
2000
  GW&PCA Gold Award
      For Land Application System
  GW&PCA Gold Award
      For all Water Treatment Plants
  GW&PCA 3rd Place Award in Water Taste Test
      Freeman Springs
  Keep Georgia Beautiful’s Litter Prevention Award
      1st Place
  Keep Georgia Beautiful’s Certificates of Distinguished Service
      For Spring Creek and upgrades to Land Application System
 
1999
  GW&PCA Gold Award
      For Land Application System
  GW&PCA Gold Award
      For all Water Treatment Plants
 
1998
  Consulting Engineer’s Council of Georgia, Inc. - Engineering Excellence Award
      For River Road Reservoir and Pump Station
 
1996
  Consulting Engineer’s Council of Georgia, Inc
      Engineering Excellence Award for Spring Creek Wetlands Preserve
 
1991
  Consulting Engineer’s Council of Georgia, Inc.
      Engineering Excellence Award for V.D. Parrott Jr. Water Treatment Plant #4 Reservoir
 
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