Scottsdale Water was recently honored for multiple awards at the 94th AZ Water Conference and Exhibition held this past April. The awards are intended to recognize individual members who have excelled in the past year, as well as recognize outstanding projects and teams.
The organizational and individual awards granted to Scottsdale Water include:
- Large System of the Year – Water Distribution
- Water Treatment Plant Project of the Year – Thomas Groundwater Treatment Facility
- Technology Professional of the Year – Rikk Mascia
- Laboratory Analyst of the Year – Keely Bolstad
As Large System of the Year awardee, Scottsdale Water was recognized for two areas of improvement, valve maintenance and service line replacement, while achieving top-tier benchmark standards for the team’s hydrant maintenance program. This award also includes the recognition of Scottsdale Water’s Choose Tap! Water Trailer which educates residents on the importance of water and water conservation.
The Thomas Groundwater Treatment Facility, one of Scottsdale’s newest treatment facilities, incorporates the latest technology and advancements in the water industry. By implementing a new reverse osmosis system, the city was able to capitalize on an ideal solution to address both the varying water quality improvement needs and to help facilitate operational efficiencies.
“Our team and services exemplify Scottsdale Water’s vision of Water Sustainability through Stewardship, Innovation and People every day, so when our hard work is recognized within the industry, it reinforces our commitment,” said Scottsdale Water Executive Director Brian Biesemeyer.
Mascia and Bolstad were recognized as exemplary individual contributors to the water industry in their fields.
Technology Coordinator Rikk Mascia was instrumental in creating an at-home work environment for Water’s Citizen Service Representatives during the pandemic, improving a meter changeout process for 95,000 meters and transitioning water data to the cloud service.
Senior Scientist Keely Bolstad helped the city secure the state’s first Direct Potable Reuse Permit by evaluating numerous inorganic and organic water quality analytical parameters. Bolstad has also been an integral part of the Biannual Citizen’s Academy and Sci-Tech Fest where she helped develop and administer a chlorine demonstration for citizens and students.
“Both Rikk and Keely are extremely deserving of these awards,” said Biesemeyer. “Their dedication to serving the Scottsdale community exemplifies every employee’s commitment to our customers.”
Seven Scottsdale Water facilities were also recognized with Safety Awards for operating more than one year without losing a single workday due to injury. The notable achievement was given to Scottsdale Wastewater Collection System, Gainey Ranch Water Reclamation Facility, Advanced Water Treatment Plant, Scottsdale Water Reclamation Plant, Central Groundwater Facility, Chaparral Water Treatment Plant and CAP Water Treatment Plant.
Scottsdale Water, the city’s municipal water utility, has been providing quality drinking water and advanced reclamation services to Scottsdale businesses and residents for more than 40 years. An industry leader, the utility has been recognized with the Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies’ Sustainable Water Utility Management Award – the highest industry recognition conferred to municipal water agencies – and as a Utility of the Future Today by the Environmental Protection Agency and its partners.