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December 26, 2013

Jacksonville's water treatment plants staff honored for their service — again

JACKSONVILLE — It's Jacksonville's 'Team H20' for the win – again!

In the latest in what is turning out to be an ongoing series of water quality commendations, George Crawford, chief operator of the Jacksonville water treatment plant and his workers, Brian Gay and Cory Hicks have once again have been lauded for continually placing enough fluoridation in 2012's drinking water to prevent tooth decay.

The recurring honor is being bestowed on Jacksonville's water experts by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Only 1,663 public water systems in 32 states received this CDC award. Jacksonville is one of 32 such systems in the state of Texas to be honored.

Community water filtration has been recognized by the CDC as one of the 10 great public health achievements of the last century. As many as 204 million people are served by such community water stymies.

The quality of the work is the reason Jacksonville's water treatment plant staff keep winning awards, explained City Manager Mo Raissi.

Raissi said it's easy to trust the judgement of employees such as Crawford, Gay and Hicks because of their high ethical standards.

Crawford, in turn, credits improved technology and latitude from his bosses.

“Management lets us do the job,” Crawford said earlier this year. “It didn't used to be like that.”

Last cycle the city also was awarded by the CDC for superlative “Water Fluoridation Quality." That same year, the city's water department also recently received a perfect score from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality following a comprehensive inspection of every aspect of their water filtering process.

Staff at the water plans are credited with using just the rights amounts of fluoride, aluminum sulfate, chlorine and lime to ensure Jacksonville water is always safe for human consumption.

On average, one glass of water is said to take about six hours to get from Lake Jacksonville to a thirsty resident.

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