Hollingsworth receives Nalco Award

Hollingsworth receives Nalco Award Tom Hollingsworth, treatment plant foreman at the Clay Rural Water System, was recently honored by the South Dakota Water and Wastewater Association as a recipient of its Nalco Award.

The award is given annual by the association to a water system operator who makes a significant improvement to a water works system. It is based on all facets of a water system including sources, transmission, storage, treatment, distribution and administration.

Hollingsworth is a Class III water treatment operator who has been employed with Clay Rural Water since 1987. Over his 16 years of employment he has been involved with and implemented many projects that have resulted in an improved operation of the Clay RWS water treatment plant.

Several of the accomplishments he was cited for include: oversaw remodeling of the treatment plan from an iron/manganese removal plant to a lime softening plant, assisted in installation and supervises operation of standby generator for load management that has resulted in savings of $112,000 through mid-2003, oversaw installation of SCADA control system for the treatment plant and distribution system over three-year period, computerized all plant logs, records and maintenance programs, oversaw installation of Well No. 3/Chemical Storage building project, coordinated bulk purchasing of water treatment chemicals resulting in savings of over $7,000 annually.

The award was presented during the South Dakota Water and Wastewater Association's 69th annual conference in Spearfish, Sept. 10-12.

The Clay Rural Water System serves over 1,600 rural farms, residences and businesses in a five county area in southeast South Dakota. Its headquarters are located east of Wakonda.

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