Carmichael Water District Awards
On Wednesday, November 8, 2017 Carmichael Water District (CWD) received the American Water Resources Association’s (AWRA) prestigious 2017 Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) Award. During a luncheon at the AWRA annual conference, the CWD received national recognition for demonstrating outstanding IWRM through the American River Pipeline Project (Project).
On Monday, April 17, 2017 Carmichael Water District (CWD) was recognized by the Sacramento Environmental Commission (SEC) for demonstrating outstanding efforts to improve the environment through the American River Pipeline Project (Project).
Conceived in 2011, the Project puts into action Integrated Regional Water Management agreements and solutions that successfully solve water supply reliability issues at a local level. Specifically recognized by the SEC was the Project’s environmental restoration component. This environmental restoration included the removal of 400 feet of 33-inch diameter exposed steel pipe dating back to the 1950s that had long been an unsightly presence in the river channel. In addition, three concrete intake and pump station structures, a failing riveted steel culvert, and large buried valves were demolished and removed. The restoration culminated with the reconnection of an upstream riparian habitat that had been separated from the primary American River channel by freefall discharge from a 65-year old culvert. This concerted effort in restoring vital environment assets contributes to CWD’s recognition among the environmental community as a leading steward of our natural habitat/resources.
“This is a great demonstration of Public and Private partnerships coming together to find solutions to achieve benefits for our community” said CWD’s General Manager Steve Nugent. The project, spearheaded by CWD stands as a testimony to the region’s commitment to working together in addressing both short-term drought response, long-term supply reliability planning, and environmental stewardship
On April 20, 2015 the ACWA Joint Powers Insurance Authority (JPIA) awarded the District with a refund check in the amount of $12,549. The District was eligible for the refund due to claim losses being less than those projected by the JPIA actuary. By utilizing resources provided by the JPIA, such as training in the areas of employee safety, employment practices,infrastructure management and risk transfer, the District, combined with efforts of of the entire JPIA membership, has achieved a level of success unmatched in the industry.
The Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) is honoring Carmichael Water District for its overall commitment to implementing energy efficiency measures to reduce energy consumption and promote environmental protection.
The SMUD Community Energy Award honors commercial customers who share SMUD’s values of efficiency and environmental sensitivity, and who have turned these beliefs into actions. These customers have controlled their energy usage, improved their bottom line, and reduced the amount of energy that must be generated for our region.
This award recognizes the achievement of Carmichael Water District for participation in SMUD’s commercial energy efficiency program. Carmichael Water District continues to support and demonstrate the importance of safeguarding the environment.
Two Carmichael Water District employees were selected for 2004 Sacramento Area Water Works Association (SAWWA) awards on December 10, 2004 at the SAWWA luncheon.
SAWWA presented its General Manager of the Year 2004 award to CWD’s General Manager. Steve was selected to receive the award for his focus on regional issues including groundwater contamination; contributions to committees, region, community; sharing of information; recognized speaker and other achievements.
CWD’s Crew Leader, Matt Stacy was named SAWWA’s 2004 Distribution Operator of the Year. Matt was selected for leading the District’s main line crew though the largest (2570 feet) in-house main line project; training of crew; safety and efficiency of operation.
Congratulations to Steve and Matt for their efforts.
Front Row: President Dodie Backus, Former GM LaNell Little, General Manager Steve Nugent, Vice-President Sandy Kozlen
Second Row: MWH Engineer Don Spiegel, Director Mark Emmerson, Former Director
Curt Spencer, MWH Engineer Scott Boettcher
The Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA) presented its prestigious Clair A. Hill Water Agency Award for Excellence to Carmichael Water District on May 5, 2004 at the ACWA conference luncheon. CWD was selected from among six finalists to receive the award for its innovative microfiltration water treatment plant.|
The plant was custom designed to be compatible with its residential setting. The District chose the membrane filtration technology because of its size and capability to treat the American River water.
Steve Nugent, General Manager, was project manager of the water treatment plant project which was completed four months ahead of schedule and was three percent under budget.
Nugent said, “The District couldn’t have done this without the community’s support. They made us look at all the alternatives, demanded that we do it the right way and made sure we made it the best it could be.”
Carmichael Water District was recognized as an Exemplary Employer Finalist as an employer committed to the well being of California’s older workers serving as a model of best hiring practices. As an Exemplary Employer, Carmichael Water District has proven to be a superb role model for all California employers.
- Installing a 20,000 square foot microfiltration water treatment plant that exceeds Safe Drinking Water Act standards for 38,500 customers.
- Reducing the amount of chlorine stored and used from 120,000 gallons per year to 24,000 gallons per year.
- Establishing a tertiary treatment filtration process that cleans backwash system water, recycles the water back through the primary system, and eliminates the need to discharge this wastewater to the sewer (eliminating a sewer bill too).
- Developing a transportation efficiency program that reduced the number of truck trips to the plant from 3 per week to one every six weeks, thus reducing air quality impacts.