Congratulations to Mr. Jeffrey Wunrow, Wisconsin Water Operators’ Association (WWOA) Operator of the Year for the North Central District! Jeff has been an operator at the Springbrook Wastewater Treatment Plant in Antigo, Wisconsin for the past 17 years and a member of the IAI team since 2002.
Jeff received the Operator of the Year award at a ceremony in Green Bay, Wisconsin on Oct. 8, 2009, and said he was “totally taken off guard,” when he heard his name called. Those who work with Jeff were not surprised to learn he had received such an honor, however. IAI’ President & CEO Bill Cretens commented, “Jeff should be very proud of this award. He deserves it. We appreciate Jeff’s professionalism and dedication to the wastewater field. This award reflects positively on Jeff and our Antigo staff, as well the entire company.”
Jeff says he is proud of the award, adding, “I have a lot of friends in the field. This is a great honor.” He says he would recommend the field of wastewater treatment to someone looking for a worthwhile career and offers the following advice to operators just starting out in the field, “Try to work in as many different areas as you can.” This advice reflects on what may be Jeff’s greatest strength as an operator – his understanding of all aspects of wastewater treatment, from mechanical to biological and chemical. He says, “It’s a good feeling when everything is running right.”
IAI is extremely proud of Jeff and all of our water and wastewater treatment staff, whose outstanding work in the field of wastewater treatment is a credit to the communities we serve. Kent Trierweiler, IAI Vice President for Contract Operations, Engineering & Technical Services, said, “Jeff has always been an integral part of the IAI operations team in Antigo, essentially responsible for the overall plant maintenance and operability at the wastewater treatment plant. It is exciting to see Jeff get recognized by the State of Wisconsin as one of the best in this field. Congratulations to all in Antigo for your ongoing excellence in water and wastewater utility operations.”