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City’s Utility Superintendent Receives Operator of the Year Award

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Utility Superintendent Rocky Horvath recently received the Operator of the Year award through Illinois Potable Water Supply Operators Association (IPWSOA).

As stated by IPWSOA, the “Operator of the Year” award is the highest professional honor operators can receive in recognition of service and performance in the waterworks industry. The award is eligible to hundreds of water operators from municipalities and water districts throughout the state who operate facilities that use surface water or groundwater as their water source, or purchase water from another source and distribute it to consumers.

Award recipients are eligible only by nomination from their peers within the field, and are rated on the overall operation of the systems they manage, including the treatment facility, distribution system, and overall operations.

In response to the award announcement, the City’s Public Works Director, Mehul Patel, provided the following statement.

“This is a huge achievement for Rocky, and a proud moment for the City. While he has humbly deemed this a team recognition, it is truly an individual achievement as the nomination for the award must come from his peers in the industry. I am delighted that Rocky is receiving this well-deserved recognition.”

About the Illinois Potable Water Supply Operators Association (IPWSOA)

The Illinois Potable Water Supply Operators Association (IPWSOA) was formed in the fall of 1931 by the Illinois Board of Health. The IPWSOA organization consists of water operations professionals with the common goal of delivering clean, safe, potable water to residents across Illinois. Operators meet with peers and regulatory officials regarding health and safety issues for drinking water, new laws and rules, potable water production, distribution, monitoring, and the competent operation of drinking water facilities.

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