Brunswick County Public Utilities has been awarded the George W. Burke, Jr. Safety Award from the North Carolina American Water Works Association and the North Carolina Water Environment Association (NC AWWA-WEA), as well as two awards for operators of the year.
Bobby Faircloth, Utilities Collections Foreman, received the AWWA Collection System Operator of the Year Award, and Adam Sellers, Water Distribution Foreman and Operator in Responsible Charge of the Distribution System, received the AWWA Water Distribution System Operator of the Year Award.
The George W. Burke, Jr. Safety Award was established in 1982 in honor of George W. Burke, Jr.’s many years of service to the water pollution control field as well as to NC WEA and its safety initiatives. The award encourages an active and effective safety program in municipal and industrial wastewater facilities, and safety records and programs at the facilities are considered in the selection of a recipient.
Brunswick County Public Utilities received the award for establishing an active and effective safety program in wastewater facilities that accurately collects and reports injury data. Matt Smith, Collections Supervisor, and B. J. Heck, Instrumentation and Electrical Superintendent, have been instrumental in providing weekly safety programs and ensuring the department’s safety training needs are met, said Public Utilities Director John Nichols.
The Collection System Operator of the Year Award is given to the individual who has contributed much to the successful operation and maintenance of sewage collection systems. Faircloth has served Brunswick County citizens for twenty years, working in water/wastewater collections and distribution. He has consistently received praise from customers, citizens, partners and peers, and the manufacturer of the vacuum system used in several Brunswick County municipalities refers other clients to Faircloth and the systems he operates and maintains for information and questions.
The Water Distribution System Operator of the Year Award is given to the individual who has contributed much to the successful operation and maintenance of a water distribution system. Sellers has worked for Brunswick County Public Utilities for 17 years, and holds numerous state certifications. He has spearheaded several new maintenance programs within the department, and has also received praise from customers and citizens for his hard work and professionalism. After Hurricane Florence, Sellers was instrumental in re-establishing water service to Boiling Spring Lakes, Southport and Oak Island.
The NC AWWA-WEA is a volunteer organization made up of more than 3,000 municipal and private utilities, engineering firms, government agencies and other organizations, with an emphasis on education and training that protects public health and the environment.