David Bass of Corinth was honored by the Mississippi Water and Pollution Control Operator’s Association on July 15 with the Howard K. Williford Special Service Award.

The Howard K. Williford Award is the Association’s most prestigious honor and is given each year to a member who displays “outstanding dedication to the Association.” Tim Rogers presented the award to David Bass at the Association’s 46 th Annual Conference in Vicksburg, MS. The award is in honor of Professor Howard K. Williford who was instrumental in professionalizing the water and wastewater industry.

Upon receiving this award, Bass said, “Thank you to all my peers that selected me for this award. It’s really special to me that they would even consider me for this award. I have seen the award be given many times and remember thinking “He/She deserves this” because of all they had done for the Association. I never thought I would be considered. It is a true honor to receive the Howard K. Williford award. Thank you to all the MWPCOA members.”

Mr. Bass has been employed with Corinth Gas and Water for 28 years, where he is the Surface Water Treatment Plant Manager. Other honors Bass has received include the 1998 Jim McDonald Award for Outstanding Waterworks of the Year, and the 2014 Water Plant of the Year Award from AL/MS American Water Works Association.

He has been involved with the MS Water and Pollution Control Operators’ Association for more than 25 years. He served as President of his district and was elected to serve on the Board of Governors in 2006. In 2010, he was elected to serve as President-elect, and served as President of the Association in 2011.