SAN DIEGO, Calif. — The Encina Wastewater Authority (EWA) was honored with several awards for employee achievement, safety and facility operations at the January meeting of the California Water Environment Association’s (CWEA) San Diego Section, according to a press release.

“We work diligently to continuously develop a culture of excellence and innovation in our work protecting the Pacific Ocean. The EWA board of eirectors is extremely proud of our professional staff and the organization’s accomplishments in 2013,” said Jim Poltl, chair of the EWA board of directors. 

EWA employees won five of the eight awards presented by the San Diego Section of the CWEA this year, reported the release: Individual honorees include Supervisor of the Year Joe Sally, Operator of the Year Michael Norcutt, Laboratory Person of the Year Rachel Morgan, Pretreatment Program Person of the Year Celeste Biles and Electrical Instrumentation Person of the Year Scott Hayhurst. 

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EWA was recognized for making safety the organization’s top priority through the implementation of a self-directed work team and other best practices that achieved zero recordable safety incidents in the last six months of 2013, continued the release.

According to the release, EWA has also been recognized for its success in long term planning, product marketing, implementation of cutting edge employee programming and the deployment of cost effective energy saving technologies that move EWA toward its goal of energy independence with the Large Plant of the Year award.