Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Camp Rilea Water Operator recognized for excellence

A former member of the Oregon Army National Guard, who now works in the Environmental Branch at Camp Rilea was recently recognized for his work with the Oregon Association of Water Utilities.

OAWU membership nominated retired Master Sgt. Joe Haag as its 2011 Water Operator of the Year due to his proficiency and excellence in operating the Camp Rilea Water Supply System.

According to the OAWU, Haag demonstrated exceptional accomplishments in water treatment processes, technical and mechanical aptitude, regulatory interactions, and management of the daily utility operations in a manner to consistently meet all regulatory and mission requirements.

The award represents the “best of the best” through and is representative of Joe’s exemplary history of service to the Oregon Army National Guard, according to OAWU Executive Director, Jason Green.

The coveted annual Water Operator of the Year award's purpose is to acknowledge and honor an individual who regularly goes above the call of duty. They are one who represents the Oregon Association of Water Utilities' (OAWU) work ethics, integrity and servant attitude at their place of work, Green said.

“It is a privilege and honor to recognize the recipient of this award,” Green said.

He said Haag’s performance and attitude were exemplary, in addition to being a “pleasure to work with.”

“He takes pride in his work, extremely conscientious, does not take shortcuts, is willing to learn and to share with others,” Green added. “This award is truly a pleasure to provide to such a quality person.”

The OAWU is a nonprofit independent association of water and wastewater utilities, was formed in 1977 to represent water utility interests in the state legislature and provide onsite technical assistance throughout Oregon.

OAWU includes public and private water and wastewater systems, municipalities, associations, districts, schools and industry, and is represented by over 26,000 members.

Posted by Master Sgt. Nick Choy,

Social Media Manager, Oregon Military Department

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