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Cumming Utilities Department wins state award
Platinum
Cummings Utilities Department was recognized with a pair of awards from the Georgia Association of Water Professionals: a gold award for the water production division and platinum wastewater award for the Bethelview Road Advanced Water Reclamation Facility.

The city of Cumming’s utilities department was this week recognized for keeping an impressive streak going.

During a City Council meeting, the department was recognized with a pair of awards from the Georgia Association of Water Professionals: a gold award for the water production division and platinum wastewater award for the Bethelview Road Advanced Water Reclamation Facility.

To win a platinum award, a facility must be nominated for a gold award for five consecutive years or longer. Cumming has won the award 18 of the 20 years it has been given out.

“We have this award program to recognize superior performance, really the top producers of clean water in the state,” said Pam Burnett with the association. “We’ve had this awards program for 20 years … and I have to say, I’ve given out several of these awards, but I’ve not given an award to a community that has such a long history of compliance with us.”

Burnett said the platinum award is “coveted by virtually every facility in the state.”

“You can fall out of compliance with a piece of paperwork, so … perfect compliance is a feat; it is really an accomplishment,” she said.

Jon Heard, the city’s director of utilities, thanked the mayor and council for the foresight to build water facilities in the area.

“The mayor and council have worked hard over the last 10 years to construct some really impressive infrastructure that allows for quality growth to come to Forsyth County and Cumming,” he said. “I think one of the most important decisions that [they] made over the last 40 years is to secure raw water intake from Lake Lanier.”

Mayor H. Ford Gravitt thanked Heard and the city staff for the award.

“We can’t thank Jon Heard as Director of Utilities and his staff, Jimmy Andrews and all, enough,” he said. “I feel very proud of the job this department’s done.”