This year, SJRA has won numerous awards, highlighting the hard work that the River Authority puts into taking care of the best water in Texas. The list of awards that SJRA won so far in 2023 are, the Watermark Award, WEAT Municipal Wastewater Treatment Plant of the Year Award (Categories 1 and 2), WEAT Exemplary Employer Award, WEAT Susan B. Hier Award for Excellence in Education, the Select Society of Sanitary Sludge Shovelers, and TAWWA Exemplary Source Water Protection Award.
SJRA’s Public Communications Department was awarded the Watermark Award on April 13th at Texas Water 2023 Conference held in Houston. SJRA won the award for its completely revamped website. The website and branding that went along with it was a year long project that helped make the website more user-friendly and aesthetically appealing. This award speaks volumes to the excellence within the Public Communications Department and the dedication the department had to making the website clearer and more concise for constituents.
SJRA also was awarded multiple awards for wastewater treatment facilities. These include the WEAT Municipal Wastewater Treatment Plant of the Year Awards (for Categories 1 and 2), as well as, the NACWA Platinum Peak Performance Award. The main component for winning all these awards is compliance. SJRA has won Treatment Plant of the Year and Platinum Peak Performance several times throughout the years. This highlights how seriously SJRA’s wastewater workers take compliance, and their consistency throughout the years.
The next award that SJRA was awarded was the WEAT Exemplary Employer Award which is awarded to Texas employers that support and facilitate employee involvement within WEAT and WEF organizations. This award shows that SJRA supports its staff in further engagement to learn more about the water industry through various activities with WEAT and WEF organizations. SJRA is continually supporting the professional growth and development of its employees.
SJRA’s Utility Enterprise Operations Manager, Jason Williams, was awarded the WEAT Susan B. Hier Award for Excellence in Education. This award recognizes an individual who has demonstrated passion and service to the operators of Texas. This award demonstrates how dedicated Jason is to mentoring, supporting, and encouraging operators at SJRA.
SJRA’s Utility Enterprise Manager, Chris Meeks, was awarded the Select Society of Sanitary Sludge Shovelers award. This award is given for service that goes above and beyond the call of duty by recruiting new members to WEAT.
The TAWWA Exemplary Source Water Protection Award is awarded to a water system that goes above and beyond to protect the water source, whether surface water or groundwater. SJRA has done exceptionally well in protecting the water that it stewards daily. This award highlights SJRA’s concern for the environment and emphasizes its proper stewardship of one of our most vital resources.