DWU earns distribution, landmark awards

Special to The Log
Ric Delp (from left), Baskerville Donovan, Inc.; Executive Director Peggy Guingona, FSAWWA; DWU Vice President Jimmy Neilson; DWU President Tom Weidenhamer; DWU Board Member Ginger Boyd; DWU Secretary/Treasurer Rick Scali; Fred Donovan, Baskerville Donovan, Inc.; Chair Kim Kunihiro, FSAWWA; and DWU Board Member Sandy Trammell.

Destin Water Users’ Tower 1 water storage tank was recently recognized with a Florida Section AWWA Landmark Award marker and receive the 2015 Division 2 Outstanding Distribution System Award.

“We are grateful to our founding members who had the forethought to create Destin Water Users, Inc. to ensure that we had a safe and reliable supply of drinking water for our community,” said Destin Water Users Board of Directors President Tom Weidenhamer. “The decisions of the board of directors are focused on addressing immediate needs and concerns of our members and on ensuring the longevity of DWU for the next 50 years.”

Tower 1, located at 135 Benning Drive, is a 75,000 gallon drinking water storage tank situated atop one of Destin’s highest elevations. Tower 1 was designed in September 1963 and completed in the fall of 1964.

The Tower was officially dedicated in October of that same year.

Near the harbor, Tower 1 has served as a navigation marker for local fisherman and a beacon to the community representing DWU’s commitment to providing safe, reliable and economically viable drinking water to its members.

The Florida Section AWWA named Destin Water Users the first place winner of the 2015 Division 2 Outstanding Distribution System Award.

Each year, the Florida Section AWWA reviews submissions from across the state to determine the water distribution systems deserving special recognition for outstanding performance. The Florida Section AWWA committee members judged DWU’s system based on information provided in the following categories: water quality, operations records, maintenance, professionalism of employees, safety and emergency preparedness, and cross connection/control program.

The award was presented to DWU at the recent FSAWWA Conference.

“The real heroes of Destin Water Users are the men and women who install, maintain and operate our facilities,” Weidenhamer said. “We are proud of their dedication to serving the members of DWU and we are grateful for this recognition of their hard work.”