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 Research & Demonstration Garden Receives Conservation Award
CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Fla. (Nov. 9, 2017) -
Burnt Store Facility Commended for Safety
CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Fla. (Aug. 31, 2017) -
CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Fla. (April 7, 2017) -
CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Fla. (April 16, 2017) - The Florida Water Environment Association (FWEA) honored the
Burnt Store staff

Public Servant Honored as a Community Hero in National Competition

 CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Fla. (March 22, 2017) - The Utilities Department's Judy Hunter was honored by the International City/County Management Associationational as a finalist in the "Life, Well Run Community Hero" campaign.



Utilities Receives 2016 National Association of Counties' Achievement Award
CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Fla. (Sept. 13, 2016) - The Charlotte County Utilities Department launched its Transformation Initiative in 2014 when consultant KPMG conducted an operational audit of the utility, which serves 56,000 water and sewer customers. The audit found 45 areas where the utility could improve customer service, enhance employee training, focus leaders on long-term strategy and save money.  The Utilities Team was honored at a Charlotte County Commission Meeting in September 2016.

Burnt Store WRF presented with the 2015 Florida Water & Pollution Control Operators Association Safety Award
CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Fla. (Aug. 10, 2016) - The Burnt Store WRF was honored with a Safety Award from the Florida Water & Pollution Control Operations Associaion (FWPCOA). Congratulations to Chief Plant Operator John Thompson and his staff.
The Burnt Store WRF was also commended by the FWPCOA for safety in 2012, 2013 and 2014. The West Port WRF was commended by the FWPCOA for safety in 2011, 2012 and 2014. The Rotonda WRF was commended by the FWPCOA for safety in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013.
Paul Sugg
2016 Florida Excellence Awards Honors Charlotte County Utilities Department
CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Fla. (May 13, 2016) - Charlotte County Utilities Department was awarded a Best Practices Award from the Florida Excellence in Governance. They were recognized for "Implementation of a comprehensive strategic planning process that included integration of customer, workforce, information technology and capital improvement initiatives to support the organization’s mission with associated measures, targets and accountability systems." The Utilities Department and KPMG consultants were honored at a banquet on May 12, 2016 and accepted their award.
(L to R) Steve Kipfinger, Chris Carpenter, Eileyn Sobeck-Bador, Gary Hubbard, Matt Valentine, and Matt Nixon
Charlotte County Utilities Burnt Store Water Treatment Plant Earns Commendations

CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Fla. (March 8, 2016) – The Charlotte County Utilities Department was recognized during Florida Rural Water Association’s “Focus on Change” workshop. The Burnt Store Water Treatment Plant received the 2015 Plant Operations Excellence Award from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP). The commendation cited outstanding treatment plant operations, maintenance, and compliance. “Ben Jacobsen, along with his entire water treatment plant staff, are clearly outstanding in their efforts to provide, safe and reliable drinking water to our customers in the Burnt Store service area. We are proud to congratulate their efforts,” said Stephen Bozman, Treatment Facilities Superintendent.
The Burnt Store WRF also received the FDEP's Plant Operations Excellence Award in 2008 and 2012.
Commissioner Truex (L), Ben Jacobson, Burnt Store Water Treatment Plant Operator (C), Jon Iglehart, South District Director Florida Department Environmental Protection (R)
Utilities Department Honored for Outstanding Service
by the Florida Section of the American Water Works Association
CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Fla. (Dec. 4, 2015) – The Charlotte County Utilities Department was recognized in a recent competition for water service delivery. The FSAWWA presented the award at its annual convention in Orlando. The Utilities Department was recognized as "Distribution System of the Year" amongst other utility providers across the state of Florida who serve between 46,000 and 69,999 customers. The criteria for this prestigious award included water quality, operations records, maintenance, professionalism, safety, emergency preparedness and cross connection control.
“The Utilities Department is very proud of the high quality delivery of potable drinking water to our customers. We are honored and look forward to continued excellence in the delivery of safe and reliable drinking water,” said Utilities Director Gary Hubbard.
​Stephen Kipfinger, Water Distribution Superintendent (L) and Gary Hubbard, Utilities Director (R)
Rotonda WRF Receives Honors
CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Fla. – In 2015 the Rotonda WRF's Chief Operator John McGinnis was honored by the FWEA with a Public Education Award. The Rotonda WRF was also honored in 2015 with the Earle B. Phelps Excellence Award for Advanced Wastewater Treatment Facility operations in 2015.
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