Tifton Gazette


May 1, 2014

Tift water department wins Gold Award


The local water department received a Gold Award from the Georgia Association of Water Professionals and was recognized at a recent City Council workshop.

Scott Murphy with ESG Operations said Tommy Coker, who's the superintendent over the water and waste water treatment systems, and Chanel Houle, who's the lab manager, earned the award for the department.

"In the state of Georgia, we have about 2,600 community water systems, and of the 2,600, less than 200 this year were eligible for this award," Murphy said, noting the award means that the city and county water systems passed all of their tests for the entire year.

As he stood in front of the audience with Coker and Houle by his side, he said, "These gentlemen do approximately 15,000 tests per year." He noted some of them will require retests and a lot of work out in the field.

"We're very proud of them tonight," Murphy said.

This is the first time that the city of Tifton has won this award.

The council also discussed considering a request from Troy Apodaca, owner of TK's Beer and Wine Store, to allow the sale of craft beer growlers.

City Clerk Rona Martin explained what a growler is: "It's basically a container for craft beer, but it would be packaged retail where someone would go into his store, buy a growler and then could take that growler back and have it refilled. But, it has to be sealed to state standards for him to take it out of the store."

She said it's another way to buy a craft packaged retail beer.

Martin said she didn't have a problem with it as long as they're complying with it. She noted a store that actually sells onsite consumption could not sell beer of this type.

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