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The National Association of Water Companies Announces Steve Melanson as 2013 Living Water Awards Grand Prize Winner


The National Association of Water Companies (NAWC) has announced Steve Melanson of Connecticut Water as the Grand Prize winner of the Living Water Awards. Melanson was presented with the award during the 2013 NAWC Water Summit, the annual gathering of leaders in the private water industry.

The NAWC Living Water Awards recognize private water professionals who are “living water” through their extraordinary commitment to quality, service and community. The Grand Prize winner was selected from five finalists who were named throughout the last year.

“Recipients of the Living Water Awards exemplify the leadership and dedication that we have been discussing at this week’s 2013 NAWC Water Summit,” said Michael Deane, executive director, NAWC. “I am thrilled to recognize the many contributions Steve has made to the water industry. He could not be more deserving of this truly prestigious award.”

Melanson, who currently serves as supervisor of water quality and treatment at Connecticut Water in Clinton, CT, has shown extraordinary devotion to his customers and coworkers over the last year. Notably, he led his team through Hurricane Sandy last October, seamlessly delivering on commitments in the face of a debilitating storm. Steve’s daily work is reflective of his dedication to Connecticut Water, the community and the water industry as a whole. In his role, he also helps educate others on the importance of water in the communities Connecticut Water serves, volunteering as chair of the Water and People committee of the Connecticut Section of the American Water Works Association.

“We are proud that Steve has been recognized by his colleagues for his service in the water profession,” said Eric Thornburg, president and CEO of Connecticut Water. “He has demonstrated through his day-to-day work and his tireless efforts during storms or other operational events that he will do whatever is necessary to ensure our customers have safe, reliable water service. His considerable efforts through the years to support Water for People have made such a difference in the lives of those who otherwise would not be able to have a sustainable, clean water supply for their drinking and sanitation needs. Steve reflects the passion and commitment to serving customers that we pride ourselves on at Connecticut Water.”

The NAWC Living Water Awards program is an on-going initiative. All NAWC member company employees may participate by nominating a colleague online at any time. The voting process takes place on the NAWC Facebook page and we encourage you to “like” us to receive regular program updates.

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About the NAWC Water Summit
The NAWC Water Summit is the annual gathering of water professionals hosted by the National Association of Water Companies (NAWC).  The event provides a dynamic forum for government officials, leaders in the water industry and other key stakeholders to exchange ideas, learn from one another and share solutions that sustain businesses and communities. The theme of the 2013 NAWC Water Summit – Public Service & Private Enterprise: Bold Discussions. Real Solutions. – highlights the importance of public-private collaboration in the water industry, as well as innovative approaches and critical solutions to issues faced by communities, such as aging water infrastructure.

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