Lewis V. Carpenter Scholarship Fund
The West Virginia Section of the American Water Works Association is pleased to announce the availability of three (3) $1,000 scholarships for eligible freshman, sophomore, junior, senior, or graduate level students interested in the water supply profession. Areas of study include, but are not limited to, engineering, business, chemistry, biology, accounting, law, etc. While emphasis will be to award the scholarship to a student who is pursuing a degree that is oriented for use in the water supply field, students with other careers objectives will be considered if that student is the son or daughter of a West Virginia Section member who shall have been a member for a minimum of at least five continuous years prior to the time the application is submitted by the student. The scholarship is awarded on an annual basis; however, recipients may reapply for the award in subsequent years. Scholarship achievement will weigh heavily in selection of the recipient. All applicants must have a GPA of at least 2.5 for eligibility.
Deadline for receiving applications is April 26, 2013. Applications and additional questions should be submitted to:
Chairman, Lewis V. Carpenter Scholarship Fund
c/o Thrasher Engineering, Inc.
300 Association Drive
Charleston, WV 25311
2012 Fuller Award Winner:
Congratulations to Vince McComas of the C.I. Thornburg Co. Inc., for receiving the 2102 George Warren Fuller Award at the annual conference held on May 22, 2012.
This award commemorates the sound engineering skills, brilliant diplomatic talent and leadership ability which characterized the life of its namesake. It’s given annually in recognition of outstanding leadership or significant contributions to the advancement of the water works practice within the association or section. Each year’s honoree is chosen by previous award recipients. A formal award presentation was made at the annual national AWWA conference in Dallas, TX. in June, but honorees are also recognized at their local sections’ annual conferences so that each recipient can celebrate with his or her industry colleagues.
Vince has served the water works industry for almost thirty (30) years. He is a past trustee of the West Virginia Section of AWWA having served a term in the role of Chairman. He has also served on various committees with the Contractors Association of West Virginia and is a person known by everyone in the water works industry in West Virginia as well as on the national scene.
2012 Perkins-Boynton Award Winners:
Tom Landis and Jeffrey Bennett
Congratulations go out to Tom Landis of City of Buckannon and Jeffrey Bennett of City of Bridgeport for being named this year’s Perkins-Boynton Award winners. These awards are given to active licensed plant operators who have demonstrated exemplary ability in the operation of a water plant. Recipients must have demonstrated exceptional responsibility and the desire to increase their knowledge of water treatment.
The award is presented in two categories: to an operator of a plant serving less than 1,000 customers, and to the operator of a plant serving more than 1,000 customers. Landis received the award for the large operation category and Bennett was chosen for the small operation category.
Call for 2013 nominees: Awards for outstanding operator in both large and small utility categories will be made at the May conference. Nominations are encouraged and may be submitted by mail to Craig Cobb, WV DDHR/BPH, Philippi District Office, 209 S. Main Street, Philippi, WV 26416. For more information concerning the award, please contact Craig Cobb at (304) 457-2296 or Craig.R.Cobb@wv.gov. Winners of this award will receive an all expense paid trip to the AWWA Annual Conference and Exposition to be held in Dallas, Texas June 10-13.
2012 Taste Test Award Winner:
2-Way Tie: West Virginia American Water’s Bluefield Water Treatment Plant & West Virginia American Water’s Bluestone Water Treatment Plant
West Virginia American Water’s two southern-most water treatment plants, Bluestone and Bluefield, tied for first to edge out all other entries and take the top honor in the WV-AWWA Taste Test at the 2012 annual meeting. West Virginia American Water’s Huntington Water Treatment Plant came in second. Three judges rated each entry on qualities such as clarity, taste, aftertaste and overall impression. All three said it was a very close contest.The taste test was organized by Angie Adams of Clarksburg Water. Angie put a lot of time into the contest and her efforts are greatly appreciated.