Irrigation district employee wins award

RANCHO SANTA FE — The Santa Fe Irrigation District Board of Directors recognized Operations Supervisor Paul Duckworth at its April 15 meeting, after he won the American Water Works Association’s “Outstanding Operator Award” for 2010.
The award is the highest honor the California-Nevada section dedicates solely to water system operators. Duckworth earns the prestigious honor for developing innovative and cost-effective approaches to system operations, as well as mentoring staff members.
His efforts to implement new programs and make enhancements to the district’s water distribution system have resulted in improved system reliability and a higher quality of water supplied to customers.
The award is sponsored by Operator Management International, a division of CH2M Hill, and is named after their retired vice president. The award is to recognize exemplary operator performance while working in a supervisory position, with attention to dedicated compliance with public health standards, plant maintenance and development to new ideas and training.
“Paul’s future-focused approach coupled with his commitment to public service has made him a leader in the industry,” said Michael Bardin, general manager of the district. “He is a very successful, high performance operator and team leader.”
The Santa Fe Irrigation District supplies more than 4.5 billion gallons of water per year to its customers using a blend of local water from Lake Hodges and imported water purchased through the San Diego County Water authority. The district operates the jointly owned R.E. Badger Filtration Plant and also owns rights to supplies from the San Dieguito Reservoir.