Plant operator earns OWEA award

August 16th, 2013    Author: Administrator    Filed Under: News

Clermont County Commissioners recognized David Pigg, operations supervisor at the Wards Corner Treatment Plant for earning the Professional Wastewater Operations Award. From left are Commissioner Bob Proud, Pigg, and Commissioner Ed Humphrey.

By Kristin Rover
Sun staff

Clermont County Commissioners recognized Wards Corner Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant Operations Supervisor David Pigg during their Aug. 14 session for earning the Professional Wastewater Operations Award for the work he has done in his career.

The Ohio Water Environment Association presented Pigg the award at its annual conference in June.

According to the OWEA, the award recognizes an individual doing front-line work who has contributed practical application, professionalism and dedication to their wastewater treatment system.

“For the state, that is the hard one to get,” Pigg said about the award. “You get nominated and you go up against everyone.”

Pigg said he began working in the county 10 years ago. He became the front-line operator at the Lower East Fork Waste Water Treatment Plant.

Pigg’s work at the plant included leading the development of the plant’s preventative maintenance program as well as revising the corrective maintenance program to document breakdowns and alterations to plant equipment.

Pigg was recently was promoted to operations supervisor at the Wards Corner Waste Water Treatment Plant where he continues to work on improving operations at the plant and in the industry.

He said he enjoys looking for ways to make things more efficient, and also enjoys educating employees and the public about the industry.

“I want 20 years after I am dead for the operator to say ‘this works well,’” Pigg said about the work he does. “You have to fix things to last, they have to be maintained.”

Prior to working in the industry, Pigg served in the United States Navy. He said his work there prepared him for a successful career.

Pigg said he was presented the award at the conference, and joked that he even wore a three-piece suit for the event.

He said being recognized for his work meant a lot.

“When you get acknowledged for that it’s a pretty big deal for me,” Pigg said.

Commissioners presented Pigg with a certificate and recognized him for earning the award.

“We are grateful for your dedication and service to the people of Clermont County,” Commissioner Ed Humphrey said. “Thank you for your hard work.”

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