OWASA Board honors John Greene for 32 years of service to the community

On Thursday night, September 26th, 2013 the OWASA Board of Directors will formally recognize the outstanding service of John W. Greene, who has worked at OWASA in various capacities since 1981.

John will retire from his position as OWASA’s General Manager of Operations on September 20, 2013 after 15 years in that position. His responsibilities have included OWASA’s lakes, water and wastewater treatment plants, water distribution and wastewater collection systems, pump facilities, laboratories and maintenance.

He has managed the majority of OWASA’s operating and maintenance budget and the majority of OWASA’s employees.

Mr. Greene was the Director of Engineering and Planning from 1991 to 1998 and previously served as the Assistant Chief Engineer and Field Engineer

John has contributed to professional development in the water resources field through his leadership and teaching roles in the NC American Water Works Association-Water Environment Association (NCAWWA-WEA), the NC Collection and Distribution School, and the NC Wastewater Operators’ School.

He has also served on the Board of Trustees for the NCAWWA-WEA and the Board of Directors for the Upper Cape Fear River Basin Association

In 2008, Mr. Greene became the twenty-first recipient of the NCAWWA-WEA’s Raymond E. “Red” Ebert Award for excellence in water and wastewater engineering and management.

John said that “I’ve had the good fortune of being able to work with several hundred dedicated and talented OWASA employees and numerous involved and supportive board members.”

“It has been a pleasure to serve this community with a staff that works hard to provide high quality water and wastewater services on a daily basis.”

Ed Kerwin, OWASA’s Executive Director, said “It is a pleasure to recognize John’s outstanding work for our customers--his leadership and dedication to continuous improvement are reflected in our service quality and reliability every day.”

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