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EVERETT – Everett water utility’s Chief Water Treatment Plant Operator Mark Weeks will be awarded the Washington State Department of Health’s Lifetime Achievement Award at the May 9 Everett City Council meeting.
The Washington State Department of Health Office of Drinking Water (ODW) awards two Lifetime Achievement awards a year in each of their regions (Northwest, Southwest, Eastern). Honorees are nominated by drinking water industry peers for their skill, leadership, achievement, excellence and perseverance.
“Mark exemplifies the spirit of this award with his tireless efforts to keep our water safe for our community and available for firefighting, healthcare, and business operations,” said Mayor Cassie Franklin. “For 31 years, Mark has played a significant role in protecting public health by improving and maintaining the quality of the Everett water system.”
Weeks began his career in 1987 as an operator in training and held positions of increasing responsibility in the water quality field until his appointment as chief water treatment plant Operator in 2015. His achievements include developing the monitoring program for the City’s two reservoirs and the distribution system, and the establishment of data-driven practices in the treatment of Everett’s water. Under Weeks’ leadership, the Everett water filtration plant has become known for its innovations and applied research in filtration.
The ODW participates in the American Water Works Association’s National Drinking Water Week the first full week in May each year to recognize the vital role water plays in our daily lives.
Everett’s water system
The City of Everett’s water system supplies water to nearly 600,000 people, or 80 percent of the residents and businesses of Snohomish County through a network of local water providers. More information about the City of Everett’s water system can be found at everettwa.gov/water.