The South Dakota Department of Environmental and Natural Resources (DENR) has announced that the city of Vermillion public water system and the system’s operation specialists have been awarded a Secretary’s Award for Drinking Water excellence.
The award is for outstanding water system operations and environmental compliance with state drinking water standards for more than 10 consecutive years.
The system’s operation specialists are Randy Isaacson, Thomas Kruse, Wade Mount, Allen Clark, Curt Haakinson, Dale Husby and Shane Griese.
“Many people turn on the tap in their home or office and take the clean, safe water that flows out for granted,” said DENR Secretary Steve Pirner, “but it takes highly trained, certified system operation specialists to make it happen every day. The operation specialists of the city of Vermillion have made it happen for not just one year, but 12 consecutive years.”
To qualify for the Secretary’s Award for Drinking Water Excellence, public water systems and their systems operations specialists had to meet all of the following requirements for more than 10 consecutive years:
• Compliance monitoring and reporting
• Drinking water standards, and
• Certification requirements.