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Gippsland Water recognised for achievements in the water industry

Gippsland Water’s position as a Victorian water industry leader has been reaffirmed with a series of recent awards and accolades.

Managing director Sarah Cumming said the organisation and a number of its staff had been recognised recently winning key Victorian Water Industry Operators Association (WIOA) awards.

“This year, we’ve really cemented ourselves as a Victorian water industry leader.

“Last week, our senior water treatment technician Dion Bull was awarded WIOA operator of the year and Gippsland Water Factory operator Michael Tulloch was also named WIOA young operator of the year.”

The organisation was also a grand finalist for the best tasting tap water in the state, beaten only by Lower Murray Water.

Earlier this year, wastewater treatment operator Scott Kitwood received the WIOA Problem Accepted Solution Supplied (PASS) award with an innovative idea for taking samples at treatment lagoons.

Water quality technical officer Toby Spark has also been named a finalist for the Intelligent Water Networks hydrovation challenge which encourages new ways of solving problems. The winner will be announced late October.

Ms Cumming congratulated the employees on their achievements, which reflected recent positive shifts in the organisation’s culture.

“All these awards acknowledge our strong focus on innovation and clever thinking.

“It’s a testament to our team and their willingness to embrace change, new technologies and approaches.

“In what’s been a year full of unique challenges, I’m really proud of how we’ve responded, not only adapting, but transforming how we work in a positive way.”

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