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Ironhouse Sanitary District won three District and two "Person of the Year" awards at the California Water Environment Association-San Francisco Bay Section (CWEA-SFBS) Awards and Installation Banquet on Jan. 26. The top District honors include Plant of the Year, Collection System of the Year and Community Engagement of the Year-Public Outreach and Education Project. This is the second year in a row that the District has won all three awards at CWEA local level.
Along with his division winning the top honor as Collection System of the Year, Collection Supervisor Louis Solana was also honored with the Supervisor of the Year award during the dinner. Solana also won this honor in the California Special Districts Association (CSDA) Awards late last year.
Community Engagement of the Year-Public Outreach and Education Project received the award for the District's Fats, Oils and Grease (FOG) Recycling program, which encourages residents to save kitchen grease and bring it to ISD for proper recycling. ISD collects residential grease that is then recycled into biodiesel.
Ironhouse Sanitary District's Public Outreach and Education consultant, Roni Gehlke, was also presented with Community Engagement: Public Outreach Person of the Year award at the banquet.
Founded in 1927, the CWEA is a not-for-profit public benefit association of 9,300-plus water quality professionals who work for public agencies and collection systems, engineering firms, and equipment and service suppliers. CWEA members are responsible for cleaning California's water and returning it safely to the environment. CWEA educates and certifies water quality professionals, disseminates technical information, and promotes sound policies to benefit society through protection and enhancement of our water environment.
Winners on the CWEA-SFBS level are now sent on as nominations to the CWEA State Awards Committees where the top organizations are chosen at the Annual Conference in April.