Council: Schools Coordinating: Professional Wastewater Operators Committee
Board Liaison
Thomas Bach
Committee Chair
Melinda Sessoms Ward
Council Chair
Gregory Morgan
Ethan Thompson


Professional Wastewater Operators Committee



  • 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.

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.



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

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2019 Chair
Clark Fields,
Carolina Management Team


2019 Chair
Ashley Snead,
Sherwin-Williams Company 

2019 Chair
Jimmy Pridgen,
City of Wilson


2019 Vice Chair

Jonathan Jordan

2019 Vice Chair

Brittany York

2019 Vice Chair

Jason Manning

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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.




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