Two Northwestern Water and Sewer Districtemployees have been recognized by the Northwestern Chapter of the Ohio Water Environment Association.

These awards showcase how the work of Mark Davis and Stace Dibling protects the environment and health of the Northwest Ohio communities they serve.

“It is so important that the communities we serve are aware of the hard work our team does to improve water quality. Mark and Stace are dedicated to the people they serve and the important work that they do every day is acknowledged regionally,” said District President Jerry Greiner.

Davis, who is district senior project manager, received the Moe Swaisgood Award, which is presented to a collection system operator for excellence in the field of wastewater collection system operation. Davis oversees projects related to sanitary sewer collection, facilitates the Inflow and Infiltration program, and manages the sanitary sewer camera truck inspection staff. His work has touched all of the district’s 365-mile sewer system. Most recently he has been essential in improving water quality by reducing stormwater inflow in the communities of Millbury, Rossford, McComb and Northwood.

Stace Dibling, wastewater treatment plant operator, was recognized with the Max Phillips Award. This award is presented to an operator for excellence in the field of wastewater treatment plant operation. Dibling has worked in numerous roles during his 25-year career at the district. Dibling approaches his job with professionalism. Most recently, Dibling became the lead operator of the McComb Wastewater Treatment plant and ensures his treatment process leads to high-quality, clean water is returned to local streams.

The district serves over 20,000 water and sewer customers in Wood, Hancock, Henry and Sandusky counties. With $240 million in assets, the district maintains over 440 miles of water distribution pipe, 8 water towers, and over 3,800 fire hydrants. Sewer maintenance includes over 355 miles of collection pipe, 12 wastewater treatment facilities, and over 5,000 manholes.