Pub­lic works staff earns tri­fecta in Ocean City

Wa­ter, waste hon­ors pre­sented to three at Ocean City con­fer­ence

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Three mem­bers of the Charles County Depart­ment of Pub­lic Works staff were pre­sented with awards at the 2018 Tri-As­so­ci­a­tion Con­fer­ence in Ocean City on Aug. 30, ac­cord­ing to a news re­lease. The awards were pre­sented by the Wa­ter and Waste Op­er­a­tors As­so­ci­a­tion of Mary­land, Delaware and Dis­trict of Columbia (WWOA).

Michael Dion­i­sio, an en­vi­ron­men­tal op­er­a­tor, was pre­sented with the Barry Wal­ter Award for Dis­tin­guished Ser­vice in Wa­ter Dis­tri­bu­tion for his role in iden­ti­fy­ing and lo­cat­ing wa­ter pipe leaks in the Bryans Road wa­ter sys­tem. Mike took it upon him­self to use data from the County’s WIMS sys­tem and com­pare his­tor­i­cal wa­ter use to cur­rent wa­ter use and no­ticed a large in­crease in us­age that could not be ex­plained by growth or other nor­mal us­age fac­tors, ac­cord­ing to the re­lease. This hap­pened dur­ing a long cold snap, where wa­ter us­age in the Bryans Road sys­tem should have been low. At­tribut­ing the cause of the in­crease to leaks, he then drove through the neigh­bor­hoods search­ing for ev­i­dence of leak­ing wa­ter lines. He of­ten had to aban­don his ve­hi­cle and fol­low the lines on foot. Over about a 40-day pe­riod, he found three lo­ca­tions with sub­stan­tial leaks. After con­firm­ing each leak, work or­ders were gen­er­ated for the re­pair or re­place­ment of the leak­ing pipes. His su­per­vi­sor, Tim Giles, con­ser­va­tively es­ti­mates that Mike’s ef­forts saved over 2 mil­lion gal­lons of potable wa­ter and con­tin­ues to save wa­ter each day.

Rea Shafer, Mat­ta­woman WRF su­per­in­ten­dent, re­ceived the W. McLean Bin­g­ley Award for Dis­tin­guished Ser­vice in Waste­water Treat­ment. As su­per­in­ten­dent, Rea has been heav­ily in­volved in prob­lem solv­ing and co­or­di­na­tion meet­ings with Mat­ta­woman Waste­water Treat­ment Plant staff and op­er­at­ing staff from CPV, the new elec­tri­cal power gen­er­at­ing plant, whose cool­ing wa­ter and san­i­tary wastes dis­charge to the Mat­ta­woman WRF.

Ad­di­tion­ally, the Mat­ta­woman WWTP was built in 1974 and is be­gin­ning to show its age. Much of the equip­ment is orig­i­nal to the plant and is at, or has ex­ceeded, its ex­pected use­ful life. Over the past sev­eral years, the county has be­gun im­ple­ment­ing equip­ment and treat­ment up­grades and re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion projects. Rea at­tends all of the count­less plan­ning, re­view, pre-con­struc­tion and con­struc­tion meet­ings for these projects. His ex­ten­sive knowl­edge of the Mat­ta­woman in­fras­truc­ture has been a valu­able re­source in mov­ing these projects for­ward. Rea has been a vi­tal source of in­for­ma­tion and has pro­vided the con­sul­tants with im­por­tant back­ground in­for­ma­tion on cur­rent equip­ment and for fu­ture equip­ment needs. All this in ad­di­tion to his reg­u­lar du­ties as su­per­in­ten­dent, such as per­son­nel man­age­ment, MDE-re­quired re­port­ing, such as monthly op­er­at­ing re­ports, monthly sludge re­ports, DPW in­ter­nal re­port­ing and keep­ing track of plant per­for­mance.

Kristy McAn­drew re­ceived the WWOA Award for Out­stand­ing Per­sonal Ser­vice to the As­so­ci­a­tion. Kristy has been in­volved in WWOA since 2000, and from the start, she has taken a very ac­tive role in the as­so­ci­a­tion on both the main WWOA ex­ec­u­tive board and on the lo­cal, South­ern Sec­tion board.

On the main ex­ec­u­tive board, she has held the po­si­tions of mem­ber­ship chair, vice-chair of the Pub­lic Re­la­tions Com­mit­tee, sec­re­tary, Mary­land trustee, and a mem­ber of the By-Laws Com­mit­tee, the Nom­i­na­tions Com­mit­tee and the Awards Com­mit­tee. In keep­ing with her ded­i­ca­tion to the as­so­ci­a­tion, she has of­fered to serve again in the po­si­tion of board sec­re­tary.

At the South­ern Sec­tion level, Kristy has served as the Charles County trustee and the sec­re­tary. She is ac­tive in seek­ing train­ing classes for the South­ern Sec­tion meet­ings, and per­forms such tasks as ar­rang­ing the cater­ing, reg­is­ter­ing par­tic­i­pants, and han­dling door prizes and thank you gifts for the pre­sen­ters. Sim­ply stated, the WWOA South­ern Sec­tion meet­ings would not be pos­si­ble with­out Kristy’s as­sis­tance.


County pub­lic works staff mem­bers, from left, Michael Dion­i­sio, Kristy McAn­drew and Rea Shafer were rec­og­nized for their work by a re­gional pub­lic works as­so­ci­a­tion.

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