Water Conserv II Staff and the Inverness WWTP Honored by FWPCOA

Published: 8/17/2017

The Florida Water and Pollution Control Operators Association honored Woodard & Curran’s Water Reclamation Facility in Inverness, Florida with their annual safety award and two Woodard & Curran’s employees, Rob Burkhart and Phil Cross, with individual awards during their annual award luncheon in Fort Pierce Florida this August. 

Inverness’s Water Reclamation Facility has a long track record of safety excellence. This year marks the fourth consecutive year the facility has received this award from the FW&PCOA and in August of 2017 the facility recorded its 2,666th consecutive day without a lost time incident. 

Water Conserv II, another Woodard & Curran operated facility, has been a frequent winner of FW&PCOA awards for its safety track record and excellence managing one of the world’s largest water reuse facilities of its kind.  This year, Rob Burkhart, one of the facility’s operators, received the A.P. Black Award and the facility’s project manager, Phil Cross, received the Joseph Towry Award.

The A.P. Black Award is meant to recognize an operator’s outstanding personal performance. Burkhart has been working at Water Conserv II for 9 years and currently is the plant’s reclaimed water systems operator. Burkhart brings an invaluable skillset to the facility as a certified reclaimed water field site inspector and an operator with a Florida Limited Lawn & Ornamental License who also has the skills and technical knowledge to perform groundwater monitoring sampling. This year, Burkhart took on an immense amount of responsibility for the facility’s daily operations while covering shifts and leading training sessions on daily field routes, the facility’s SCADA system, and the groundwater sampling program.

The Joseph Towry Award is given to an individual who has demonstrated a high level of competence and dedication to Florida’s reclaimed water industry. Cross, who had been working for Woodard & Curran at Water Conserv II for over three decades, retired this June as the facility’s project manager.  Reflecting on Cross’ career, Operations Leader Paul Roux said, “One of the things people overlook as their career is winding down is the affect they have on people who have worked for them. Phil has mentored dozens and dozens of employees over the years. Many have stayed in the industry and simply moved on to opportunities better for them and their families. Phil has never lost sight of the fact that in a service industry, people are our greatest asset.”


From left to right: Phil Cross, Robert Burkhart, and Glenn Burden 


Florida Water and Pollution Control Operators Association is an organization of members who are engaged in the production, treatment and distribution of drinking water; the collection, treatment and disposal of wastewater; and/or the collection and treatment of stormwater. FWPCOA protects the health of citizens & preserve natural resources by advancing the professional status of water and wastewater operators, providing a licensing system, and arranging training programs.

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