Public works receives state recognition for water system

Wednesday, March 16, 2016
Pictured is the Cassville public works department team, which was recognized and nominated amongst only two others in the state for a drinking system award at a recent conference by the Missouri Rural Water Association. Criteria included overall operations, financial responsibility, managerial effectiveness, regulatory compliance and participation within the industry. From left: Mike Hagins, Jennifer Evans, Public Works Director Steve Walensky and Dwayne Moller. Contributed photo

Walensky helps put Cassville in Top 3 in Missouri

Steve Walensky, public works director for the city of Cassville, was recently invited to attend a state conference to represent the city, which was one of only three nominated for a distinctive water system award.

Walensky was invited after the city was nominated for the Missouri Rural Water Association's (MRWA) Drinking Water System of the Year. The MRWA is a non-profit organization providing on-site technical assistance, training, and regulatory and legislative representation for rural public drinking water systems.

"It was an honor to represent Cassville at the MRWA conference," Walensky said. "Having Cassville's drinking water system selected for an award of this magnitude is inspiring. Cassville public works is constantly working toward improvements every day. MRWA recognized the proactive actions and results from a team effort.

"Making it to the top three in the state represents tremendous effort from the public works team members. It's very gratifying to have a professional organization, familiar with state-wide water systems, recognize Cassville. Our customers are the real winners from this nomination."

Each year, the MRWA nominates at least three finalists for the award. Nominees are chosen by the association's staff after reviewing submissions from within MRWA and from water utilities.

Criteria included overall operations, financial responsibility, managerial effectiveness, regulatory compliance and participation within the industry. Finalists are visited by MRWA staff members and evaluated using a 100-point questionnaire.

Two classes of water systems are evaluated, with municipalities judged one year and water districts the next, and the final award recipient is announced at the MRWA Annual Technical Conference and Trade Show each spring, which Walensky attended.

"The award will be given to the one system that has that extra edge over the others," said John Hoagland, MRWA executive director.

While the Village of Kingdom City took the award, to be nominated was an honor, 
Walensky said.

"A nomination means that the system has already demonstrated excellence in its operations," Hoagland said.

Walensky said he benefited just from attending the conference.

"It's a conference on several different water and wastewater topics," he said. "I met with about 20 industry vendors, some new and others that are existing. It's always good to keep up with your supplies."

For more information about the Missouri Rural Water Association, people may visit http://www.moruralwater.org.

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