Jasper wastewater department honored

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JASPER — The Jasper Wastewater Department received two awards and a department employee received one from the Indiana Water Environment Association during the association’s conference in late November.

The awards were recognized at the Jasper Utility Service Board’s meeting Monday.

Mark Pierce, the department’s mechanic, received the L.L. Larson Safety Award for his efforts to improve the safety of the wastewater plant and his co-workers. Pierce, 50, has been with the city for 27 years and is a member of its safety committee.

As a whole, the department received the Indiana George W. Burge Jr. Facility Safety Award. To be considered for the award, the plant had to undergo a “rigorous inspection by an inspector and comprehensive review of our safety programs and records,” Wastewater Manager Ed Hollinden said.
By receiving the award, the plant is in the running for the U.S. Water Environment Federation Award in 2014.

For the fourth year in a row, the department received the association’s Excellence in Safety Award, which recognizes plants that sustain a minimum of lost-time accidents and a good merit point record.
The plant completed the safety inspection forms and scored 100 percent on a comprehensive plant safety inspection with an association inspector.

The wastewater department has 20 employees that keep the facility running continuously.

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