Awards and Recognition

RMWEA George W. Burke Safety Award

Clifton Sanitation District was awarded the RMWEA George W. Burke Award for Safety Excellence on September 20, 2011.  This award was established in 1982 in honor of George W. Burke, Jr., for his many years of service to both the water environment field and the Federation as staff manager of technical services. The purpose of this award is to encourage an active and effective safety program in municipal and industrial wastewater facilities. 

A letter from Karen Shanley of RMWEA Safety & Security Committee Chair states:
 “Clifton Sanitation District’s commitment to a safe and secure work environment is evidenced through, amongst other things, a series of safe and incident-free construction projects, ongoing safety training, an active Safety Committee and implemented safety policies.  Your commitment to employee health and safety is applauded and appreciated and worthy of recognition”.

Wastewater Operator of the Year

Doug Hill, a Plant Operator for Clifton Sanitation District, has been awarded the Colorado Rural Water Association 2011 Operator of the Year Award. Mr. Hill received this honor during the association’s annual ceremony held on February 15, 2012 at the Crown Plaza in Colorado Springs.

The statewide Operator of the Year Awards ceremony serves to highlight the role of Colorado's water and wastewater operators in protecting the environment. Award winners are chosen for their "outstanding technical excellence and exemplary work ethic contributing to the high level of water quality in Colorado."
Mr. Hill joined Clifton Sanitation District in 2008 and has an extensive background in wastewater treatment plant operations. In addition to his 28 years of dedicated service Doug holds the highest levels of certification in both wastewater operations as a Colorado Class A Wastewater Operator and in the collections as a Collections 3 operator as well as a Colorado Class A CDL license.  As a senior operator Doug was instrumental during the initial start-up of the new facility and a smooth transition from the old lagoon system.  In addition to the daily duties as an operator he performs public education tours and talks, has been essential in training new employees, prepares reports; conduct s compliance monitoring, sampling and laboratory testing.  During his span of time, the plant has maintained and exceeded the compliance standards. 

Doug’s contributions and accomplishments to Clifton Sanitation and the water environment field have been considerable.  His work performance, moral and ethical values are a leading example for others to follow.
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