Thursday, 14 April 2022 14:48

HPW/HW pours tall glass of victory at Texas Water 2022

Like Adam Sandler’s character Bobby Boucher Jr. of the hit comedy “The Waterboy,” Houston Public Works knows what it takes to make “high-quality H2O.”

AWWA Texas Section Leadership TeamThe HPW team brought home top honors at Texas Water 2022, the largest regional water conference in the U.S. It was the first time the conference, conducted April 4-7 in San Antonio at the Henry B. Gonzales Convention Center, was held in person since the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020.

Listed below are the awards the department took home in the following categories:

  • Water Conservation and Reuse Award (smart utility checkup program)
  • Biosolids Management Award (Tika Gautam)
  • Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (Aisha Niang)
  • Community Outreach and Education Programs (Protect Our Pipes – SSO Prevention) Outreach Program)
  • Outstanding Operator of the Year (Victor Riels)

Select Society of Sanitary Sludge Shovelers (you cannot join the society; you must be “selected on the basis of merit.”)

  • Jeff Masek
  • Phillip Goodwin


  • Tops Ops (first and third place)
  • 69thStreet Poo Mafia (third place for process control, third place for electrical)
  • Dedicated volunteer award (Hector Montanez) 
  • Best-tasting Water (third place for the East Purification Plant)
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