Billy Williams, Jr. of Batesville has earned the 2017 Jim McDonald Water Supply Operator of the Year for a “C” Water System presented by the Mississippi Water and Pollution Control Operator’s Association. MWPCOA President Anthony Hall presented the award at the Association’s Annual Conference in Biloxi, MS on April 18. MWPCOA represents more than 2,500 certified water and wastewater operators in the state.

The Jim McDonald Award is presented each year to a water operator who exemplifies professionalism and dedication to his work. MWPCOA members submit nominations which are reviewed by Association’s Board of Governors. A final selection committee visits the operator’s facility and conducts an interview from which the final recipient is chosen. Williams is a water treatment plant operator for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. When presented the award, Williams said, “What an honor it is to be nominated. I can’t do anything without the guidance of my Lord Jesus Christ. I am grateful for the support of my wife through these many years, as well as those I work with including Carter Brandon, Alton Pollan, Dwayne Franklin, and Chester Ayers. Working in water and wastewater I have met so many great operators who have shared great ideas throughout the years. We as operators have a tremendous responsibility to make sure we provide the safest drinking water for the public.”

(Photo) cutline: (Left to Right) Carter Brandon, MWPCOA President Anthony Hall, award winner Billy Williams Jr., and Alton Pollan.