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The South Dakota Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) announced on June 26, 2020 that the City of Aberdeen public water system and the system’s operation specialists have been awarded a Drinking Water Certificate of Achievement Award.
"Most customers do not realize what it takes to meet all of the requirements of the Safe Drinking Water Act and all too often take for granted the behind the scene efforts of these unsung heroes to provide their communities with safe drinking water. We are especially grateful for these essential employees during the current COVID-19 pandemic," said DENR Secretary Hunter Roberts. "DENR is excited to award the City of Aberdeen and its system operation specialists with a Drinking Water Certification Award for their diligence in providing safe drinking water to their customers in 2019 and throughout the pandemic."
The system’s operation specialists are Brian Decker, Brian Badten, Timothy Callahan, Jeromy Thorstenson, Daniel Kohnen, Pat Schlotte, Dustin Schmierer, Dustin Griese, Robert Braun, Joel Eisenbeisz, Ricky Hoon, Scott Ganje, Robert Jackson, Justin Steiger, Travis Weiszhaar, Kevin Kissner, John Kolk, Chris Brick, Walter Bauer II, Dough Roethler, Brandon Smith Zachary Schwab, Matthew Spencer, and Robin Hornseth.
To qualify for the Drinking Water Certification of Achievement Award, public water systems and their system operations specialists had to meet all of the compliance monitoring and reporting requirements, drinking water standards, and certification requirements for 2019.