Gallon-sized recognition for Hyrum’s water treatment facility

HYRUM — Clean water. It’s something that many of us may take for granted on a regular basis, but is something surely noticed and desperately sought after when it’s suddenly not available anymore. Hurricane Katrina, anyone?Yet Kevin Maughan and the folks at the Hyrum city water treatment plant appreciate the opportunity to be able to provide such a life vitality to the thousands who live within their corner of Cache Valley.For that dedication, Ovivo, a nationally-renowned wastewater treatment organization, recognized Maughan and his team by presenting them with the EnviroQuip award, given to recognize a water treatment plant much like Hyrum’s own for the quality of their operation and of their facility’s equipment.For Maughan, who received recognition in 2006 as the best water treatment operator in the state from the Water Environment Association of Utah (WEAU), it’s praise that only helps encourage the labors they perform day after day.”It’s always nice when people note your skill and effort, to know that somebody recognizes that,” says the eight-year veteran of Hyrum’s plant.Hyrum City Corporation has also been nominated for the Biosolids of the Year award by the WEAU. The winner for Best of the Year for the biosolids branch and several other niches within the field of water quality will be announced next month.Ovivo representatives personally visited the valley to take a tour of the Hyrum facility and judge its operation and the equipment that drives it.Hyrum Lions Club president Mike Larsen, a self-described “dear friend” of Maughan’s, said his pal was deserving of the recognition. “He’s one of those guys that reads something and remembers it forever,” Larsen said. “He can teach something once, and knows it the rest of his life. It’s a real gift.”

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