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Professional Wastewater Operators Committee


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Members of the PRO OPS Committee actively support the committee’s network of wastewater treatment plant operation, maintenance, laboratory, pretreatment, administrative, and other plant professionals.


  • Work to improve fellowship, pride, honor, and recognition for our profession.
  • Work to always develop & improve our collective knowledge, skills and good professional ethics.
  • Willingly share what I’ve learned with other professionals, and remain open to learn from their experiences.
  • Always make the most effective use of all of my facilities and my employer’s resources.
  • Continually strive to protect the public health, the environment, and all of our natural resources.


Meetings & Committee Leadership

The Pro Ops Committee divides the state into three regions – western, central and eastern – and holds a meeting in each section quarterly



2019 Committee Chair

Melinda Ward,

City of Eden

(336) 627-1009




2019 Chair
Clark Fields,
Carolina Management Team


2019 Chair
Lloyd Prontaut,
Carolina Management Team


2019 Chair
Jimmy Pridgen,
City of Wilson


2019 Vice Chair

Jonathan Jordan

2019 Vice Chair

Chris McCorquodale

2019 Vice Chair

Jason Manning



WWTP Operations & Maintenance Excellence Award

This award honors wastewater plant personnel that serve their community with a high level of professionalism and diligent work in the operation and maintenance of their wastewater treatment facility. To learn more or submit an application visit the WWTP Operation & Maintenance Excellence Award page.




Related Group News

Host an Eastern Region PWOC Meeting
Posted in NC AWWA-WEA News, Friday, March 16, 2018

Locations are needed for future meetings of the Eastern Professional Wastewater Operators Committee Meeting & Plant Tour.   Organizers would like to visit different plants ... more »

Plant Spotlight: Greenville Utilities WWTP
Posted in Plant Spotlight, Thursday, July 21, 2016

        Administrative building           South Aeration Basins       North Aeration Basins       Aerobic Digesters ... more »

WWTPs Needed to Serve as Tour Host
Posted in NC AWWA-WEA News, Thursday, April 30, 2015

Are you interested in providing networking opportunities for your employees while they earn 2 CEUs towards their wastewater license?  If so, the Professional Wastewater Operators ... more »

Plant Spotlight Questionnaire
Posted in Plant Spotlight, Friday, April 10, 2015

For publication in NC Currents and on the Association website   The Plant Spotlight is designed to give NC AWWA-WEA Members a comprehensive view ... more »

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Board Liaison
Nicholas Dierkes
Committee Chair
Stephanie Scheringer
Committee Vice Chair
Melinda Sessoms Ward
Erin Bowers
Jennifer Port Picarella

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