Operator's Meritorious Service Award

 2015 Recipient: Jeremy Godfrey,

City of Asheville


2015 Recipient: Jeremy Godfrey, City of Asheville

Jeremy Godfrey has been employee with the City of Asheville Water Resources Department for 18 years. He started working for Water Maintenance In 1997 as a Pipe Fitter, and has gained experience through working in a variety of positions that have brought him to his current position as Labor Crew Coordinator for the Leak Survey and Valve Exercising Crew. His extensive knowledge has led the department through many tough situations.

Jeremy has taken the Valve/Leak Survey Crew to the next level by helping create Standard Operating Procedures for leak surveying which coincides with Asheville's Non Revenue Water Program. In the first quarter of this year, Jeremy and his crew were responsible for finding and repairing over 80 leaks in the water distribution system helping the department reduce its water loss by over 10%.

Jeremy has volunteered for many other activities including managing 20 scheduled water interruptions required for installation of zone meters for Asheville’s Zone Metering Project, and maintaining contact with the residents regarding project status. Jeremy teaches on-site safety training, and assisted in developing a week long new employee safety orientation for Distribution Operators. This training is responsible for a decrease in bodily harm related injuries over the last two years.

Jeremy prioritizes his work to meet the needs of the public and the department and helps exemplify what a team player and leader should be.


 This award recognizes the special performance of a member in one or more of the following:

  1. Continuous compliance with all public health standards in treated drinking water.
  2. Consistent and outstanding contribution to plant maintenance thereby prolonging the useful life of equipment.
  3. The development of new and/or modified equipment or significant process modifications to provide for more efficient and/or effective treatment.
  4. Special efforts in the training of treatment plant operators.
  5. Special acts not directly related to water treatment, but which demonstrate dedication to the public beyond the normal operating responsibilities.
  6. Consistent and outstanding contribution to operation and/or maintenance of distribution lines, pump stations and reservoirs.

The Award
An Operator's Meritorious Service Award Plaque.

Frequency of the Award

Annually, if deserved.

Eligibility for the Award
Section members eligible to receive the Operator's Meritorious Service Award shall include any water supply or distribution individual who, during the time period of the meritorious activity, worked in any operations related capacity.

Presentation of the Award

The award will be presented at the section's annual conference by the visiting AWWA official representative.


Past Recipients

2015 Jeremy Godfrey

2014 Mark Krouse


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