Maryville Water Plant best in state
By Iva Butler | (firstname.lastname@example.org)
The Maryville Water Plant received the Julian R. Fleming Award for being the best water treatment plant in the state from the Tennessee Water and Wastewater Association (TWWA) Thursday night.
Plant Chief Operator Eric Holder accepted the award at the TWWA Lower East Region meeting at Heritage Middle School.
Built in 1955 on the banks of Little River at Sevierville Road, the plant has undergone numerous upgrades. Currently operators use computers to direct all processes involved in treating water. All phases of the plant can be run from each computer.
The plant can treat 6 million gallons of water a day, but at this time of year averages 3.8 million gallons per day, Holder said.
It operates 24 hours a day with a staff of four operators, one relief operator and one chief operator.
The water originates in the headwaters of Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
Holder accepted the award from the TWWA Lower East Region Chairman Doyle Prince, who is manager of the Maryville Water and Wastewater plants.
Holder said Prince did not say a word about Maryville winning the Fleming Award before the meeting. “It blew me away,” he said Friday at the water plant.
The Fleming Award was established in 1972 and is named for Julian R. Fleming, who was director of the Division of Sanitary Engineering of the Tennessee Department of Health from 1955 to 1972. Fleming was a charter member of TWWA and instrumental in its formation.
“The basis of the award is that the winner is chosen on the best maintenance and operation of existing facilities, not for having the best or most modern facilities,” according to background information supplied by Prince.
A second state award, the David Draughon Water Distribution Award, went to Paul Monroe, a heavy equipment operator in water and wastewater construction for Alcoa.
He has worked 30 years for Alcoa, more than 15 of which involved water and wastewater, said Alcoa Public Works Superintendent Kenny Wiggins. Monroe has also worked as serviceworker and leadworker.
New officers for the region were chosen by the group: chairman, Glenn Fraley of Dayton; vice chairman, Mark Ross of Alcoa; and secretary-treasurer, Mike Cheek of Etowah.
Prince said he has now served twice in each position on the board,
The local M.L. Brickey Awards for wastewater and water both went to Alcoa employees.
The Brickey Award for wastewater went to Grady Simerly, who has worked more than 25 years for Alcoa, more that 20 which involved water and wastewater. He operates the sewer vaccum truck, answering calls on blocked lines, and is a very good customer service employee, Wiggins said.
The Brickey Award for water went to Ross, Alcoa water distribution supervisor. He started with Alcoa in 1990 as the water supervisor.
Ross reorganized crews to maximum efficiency, forming a second crew without adding any employees, Wiggins said. He supervises construction and maintenance and consolidates water and sanitary sewer crews. He has held every office in TWWA and is now working his way through again, Prince said.