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National Park Employee Receives Prestigious Award

dave lyversGATLINBURG – Dave Lyvers of Franklin, NC, has received the "Outstanding C-Well Operator of the Year" award from the North Carolina Waterworks Operators Association.

Lyvers, a Great Smoky Mountains National Park employee, has been a maintenance mechanic in the North Carolina district since 2009. He is responsible for the safe operation and maintenance of five water systems that provide drinking water to park visitors and staff at campgrounds, picnic areas and employee facilities at Collins Creek, Balsam Mountain, Purchase Knob, Big Creek and Cataloochee.

The North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources nominated Lyvers for this prestigious award. He was cited as "an outstanding and very professional water treatment system operator" where the systems he manages are kept in "top notch condition and very well maintained."

Alan Sumeriski, Chief of Facility Management said "We are extremely proud of the recognition that Dave received for his work in administering these water systems to ensure that they meet all the stringent state and federal requirements, critical for the protection of public health. Lyvers uses analytical methods to manage chemical and bacterial levels for safe and reliable operation and distribution of holding systems that carry thousands of gallons of water daily."

The North Carolina Waterworks Operators Association has been a premier trainer of waterworks professionals for North Carolina since 1939. They provide certification schools and continuing education opportunities to water industry professionals, keeping them informed on new technologies and advancements in public water management. Each year the association recognizes one waterworks operator in various levels of certification for his/her outstanding ability and devotion to the water supply profession.

Published October 18, 2011

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