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South Henry Regional Waste District has earned the IPEP Award for 2011. Click Here to view the release.

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Drop by Drop
Protecting Indiana's Water Supply
Originally aired Thursday, July 22 at 7:30 pm on WFYI 1

Water is the basis and essence of all life. And yet, its value is often overlooked or taken for granted. We turn on the faucet or do laundry or flush the commode almost automatically, with little appreciation for this important and necessary resource flowing through the pipes. We simply expect it to be there when we need it.

And yet, for many small-town and rural residents all over Indiana, that supply of clean water is being threatened. Failing septic systems and aging, deteriorating infrastructure (both wastewater and drinking water) are compromising our continued connection to dependable supplies of what all living things need most: safe, clean water.

There is no new water on planet earth. Instead, the water we have is perpetually recycled. Therefore, how we treat our water today has a direct effect not only on ourselves, but also on the health and wellbeing of our fellow Hoosiers for generations to come.

In Drop by Drop: Protecting Indiana's Water Supply, we'll unlock the mysteries of where our water comes from, and where it goes once it disappears down the drain. And, we'll witness real-life stories of the challenges people face - and overcome - in their efforts to bring clean water to their communities.

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On May 18th, IWEA held their 24th Annual Wastewater Challenge at the Shelbyville Wastewater Treatment Plant. Eleven teams competed for a chance to win complimentary registration to the National Wastewater Challenge at WEFTEC in October in New Orleans. Teams completed a series of five "challenges" created by the Laboratory, Operations & Maintenance, Collections, Safety and Residuals committees. Awards were given to the highest scoring team in each category as well as to the overall winner.

Two of South Henry Regional Waste District's operators participated in the annual IWEA wastewater challenge. They are Jerry Libby and Nancy Harmon who teamed up with Joe Taylor and Jeff Smith of the Greensburg wastewater treatment plant and ranked first place for the overall top score. South Bend ranked second and Lafayette ranked third.

2010 Wastewater Challenge Winners

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Jerry Libby, Plant Superintendent for South Henry Regional Waste District, received the Waste Water Operator of the Year Award from the Alliance of Indiana Rural Water Association in Bloomington. The association held a Awards Luncheon on March 16th, 2010. Jerry has a Class III and Class A certification and was attending the two day conference to receive his continuing education credits in waste water.

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South Henry Regional Waste District Manager Connie Stevens received the John Reeves Award at the Alliance of Indiana Rural Water Spring Conference in Bloomington, Indiana on March 18, 2009. John Reeves was one of the six original founding fathers of what is now the Alliance of Indiana Rural Water. John passed away while serving on the Board. This award is given to a Mayor, Council Member, Board Member or an elected official for their time and devotion to the water and wastewater industry. Connie has been employed by South Henry Regional Waste District since 1990 and serves on the Alliance of Indiana Rural Water Board of Directors. Connie has worked on many projects to raise awareness of water and wastewater issues. As an advocate of clean water for Indiana, she has served on numerous environmental and community boards.

From left to right: Kevin Servies, Alliance of Indiana Rural Water Board President, Connie Stevens, and Jim Soper, Executive Director of the Alliance of Indiana Rural Water.


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