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PSA Water Treatment Plants Earn Performance Awards

Scott County Public Service Authority’s two water treatment plants were recently awarded the second highest honor that the Commonwealth of Virginia bestows on the waterworks industry.  The Virginia Department of Health’s (VDH) Office of Drinking Water presented a 2014 Excellence in Waterworks Operations/Performance Award to the PSA’s Duffield and Moccasin Gap plants.  Out of 134 similar water plants in the state, the Duffield and Moccasin Gap plants were 57th and 58th, respectively, in the performance ranking that is done as part of VDH’s Virginia Optimization Program.

To optimize is to make as perfect, effective, or functional as possible. The mission of the Virginia Department of Health’s Virginia Optimization Program, or VOP for short, is to encourage waterworks to provide water with a quality that exceeds minimum regulatory standards (i.e., as perfect as possible) and to operate water systems in an exemplary manner (i.e., as effective and functional as possible). VOP attempts to accomplish this mission by establishing optimization goals, communicating the goals to affected waterworks, and measuring performance.

According to Jillian Churchill, Acting District Engineer with the Office of Drinking Water in Abingdon, “There were 133 conventional water treatment plants evaluated as part of the 2014 VOP data review and the Duffield water plant was tied for 57th place and Moccasin Gap came in at the next spot.” 

The awards were presented April 22 in a ceremony at the Water is Life Conference in Roanoke.  “There were 37 water treatment plants presented a Gold award, 20 a Silver award, and 24 the Bronze”, said Churchill. Churchill reported that this is the third Silver award for the Duffield plant.  The Silver award for the Moccasin Gap plant is the highest honor that plant has earned since the PSA began participating in the Virginia Optimization Program. 

The Duffield water plant is managed by Dedrick Spivey.  Others on the Duffield plant staff are licensed waterworks operators Kim Robinette, Tracy Hopkins, Brian Lund, and David Culbertson.  The Moccasin Gap plant is managed by Chris Vincent and is operated by Mr. Vincent, Audie Quillen, Tim Vanzant, and Kevin Baker.  Churchill said, “Congratulations to Chris, Dedrick, and all the Scott County PSA operators on their achievements.”