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Annual Conference Focuses on Water

Contact: Rebecca Lewis, Public Works & Utilities |
The Kansas Water Environment Association (KWEA) and the Kansas Section of the American Water Works Association (KSAWWA) are holding their fifth annual joint conference today through Thursday at the Hyatt Regency Wichita. More than 500 water industry professionals will gather to learn and discuss important water related topics. Featured activities include a water taste contest, environmental jeopardy competition, backhoe rodeo and recognizing municipalities and industries in the state of Kansas for excellent environmental performance in water and wastewater operations.
Each year at the annual conference, businesses are recognized for meeting local wastewater discharge requirements during the previous year. Businesses receiving gold awards must meet at least 95% of all of the discharge permit requirements in 2012. Silver awards are presented to businesses who met permit requirements between 85 – 94% of the time.
Some 44 local businesses will be presented with Gold Awards at today’s luncheon:
3P Processing; Advanced Products Co; Aramark Uniform; ASTEC/NIAR; Beechcraft Corp; Bob Eisel Powdercoating; Bombardier Aerospace; Cargill Oilseeds; CNH America; Center Industries Corp; Cessna Aircraft; Chrome Plus; Hiland Dairy Foods; Coleman Company Inc; Darling International Diversified Services; Dold Foods; El Paso, LLC; Farmland Foods; Fiberglass Systems; Globe Engineering; Harlow Aerostructures;  Chem. Waste Management;  McConnell AFB; Infinitech Surface Finishing; Metal Finishing Co; Paragon Services;  Pepsi Bottling Co; Phillips 66' PowderTech LLC; Pratt Industries Reddi Root’r; Sharpline Converting; Sonaca NMF America; Spirit Aerosystems; Unifirst Corporation; Universal Lubricants; Via Christi Hospitals; Wesley Medical Center; Wichita Brooks LFG; Wichita Truck and Tank Wash 
The following 5 businesses are receiving silver awards at Tuesday’s luncheon:
Boeing Wichita; Capps Manufacturing; Chance Rides Manufacturing; Linen King; Tramco Incorporated.
The Kansas Water Environment Association is a professional organization for individuals involved in the wastewater treatment profession, including engineers, scientists, wastewater managers, lab technicians, and treatment professionals.  The Kansas Section of the American Water Works Association is a professional organization whose mission is to bring together resources, people, and ideas to support safe drinking water. Additional information on the conference can be obtained at
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