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Outstanding water operators honoured by N.L. government


March 31, 2016
By Ground Water Canada

St. John’s – The Newfoundland and Labrador Department of Environment and Conservation recently honoured two municipal water operators for their services with Water Operator of the Year Awards.

Dale Walsh from the Town of Bay de Verde and Harold Legge from the No’kmaq Village (Flat Bay Band) received the awards last week during the 15th Annual Clean and Safe Drinking Water Workshop in Gander, the government of Newfoundland and Labrador said in a news release.

The Water Operator of the Year Awards are given annually to recognize an employee and a volunteer, each of whom has demonstrated professionalism and dedication to providing clean and safe drinking water. Walsh received the award as an employee, while Legge was honoured as a volunteer.

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The Department of Municipal Affairs provides a travel subsidy for participants to attend the Clean and Safe Drinking Water Workshop, through the Community Sustainability Partnership. The subsidy supports three regional service boards (Eastern, Central and Western) in their efforts to engage regional water and wastewater operators.

“Each individual who undertakes the critical task of delivering clean and safe drinking water to their community is to be commended for their dedication to this most important responsibility. Mr. Legge and Mr. Walsh are leading examples of the commitment and professionalism exhibited by water system operators across the province. I congratulate them on being recognized with these awards,” said Perry Trimper, Minister of Environment and Conservation, in the release.