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State Honors Best of the Best in Drinking Water

For immediate release: May 8, 2020   (20-063)

Contact: Ginny Streeter, Communications, Environmental Public Health, 360-810-1628

State Honors Best of the Best in Drinking Water

Drinking water professionals are honored throughout the state May 3-9

OLYMPIA -- Every year during National Drinking Water Week, state health officials honor those individuals who ensure our water is safe. From safe, reliable drinking water for families, to industry, healthcare, and agriculture, water touches everyone. Providing clean, reliable drinking water is a critical part of the public health system, especially at a time like this, and we are proud to partner with these expert, steadfast professionals.

This year during Drinking Water Week the Washington State Department of Health honors eight individuals who dedicate their lives to the demanding job of owning or operating a water system or training those who do. Award winners are selected by their supervisors, peers, and staff from the Office of Drinking Water (ODW) to receive this special recognition.

  • Dan Kegley, Director of Water and Hydroelectric Services, City of Spokane Lifetime Achievement
  • Jon Ness, Environmental Health Director, Colville Friend of Drinking Water
  • Mary Howell, Chief Operating Officer, Backflow Management Inc. Lifetime Achievement
  • Chuck Clarke, Chief Executive Officer, retired, Cascade Water Alliance, Woodinville Lifetime Achievement
  • Dave Muto, Operations Planning and System Control Manager, Seattle Public Utilities Operator of the Year
  • Jim Patton, President, Whidbey Island Water System Association, Coupeville Commitment to Excellence
  • Bob Hunter, General Manager, Kitsap Public Utility District, Poulsbo Lifetime Achievement
  • Windolph Water Association, Olympia Perseverance Under Adversity

We will schedule their award ceremonies later this summer. Learn more about our winners at

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