SPARKS — Three employees of the Truckee Meadows Water Reclamation Facility (TMWRF) were honored Monday by Mayor Geno Martini and the Sparks City Council.
Mike Bailey received the NWEA Operator of the Year Award. This is a state award given to recognize outstanding performance, professionalism and contributions to the wastewater profession. Bailey has been an operator at TMWFR for 26 years. He is the chief contributor on new employee development and a primary resource for planning in-plant rehabilitation.
Decker, a chemist, received the Water Environment Federation (WEF) Laboratory Analyst Excellence Award. This is a national award recognizing outstanding performance and contributions. With TMWRF since 1994, Decker has a master of science degree in biological sciences from the University of California, Davis. She is TMWFR’s Truckee River expert and a grade IV NWEA-certified wastewater quality analyst. Helene has assumed the responsibilities of biologist since 2010.
Farrell received the NWEA Laboratory Analyst of The Year Award, a state award given to recognize outstanding performance, professionalism and contributions to the water quality analysis profession. Farrell has a bachelor of science degree in environmental science from the University of Nevada, Reno and is a grade IV NWEA-certified wastewater quality analyst. TMWFR’s expert with online process instrumentation and standard-setter, Farrell has been a chemist at TMWFR since 2002.