FREMONT – The 2018 Nebraska American Water Works Association Annual Conference, held in Kearney, NE, showered awards on Fremont’s water supply, wastewater treatment plant, and staff.
The first award was for Fremont’s drinking water. Fremont’s water was voted Best-Tasting Treated Water out of 16 submissions from across the state of Nebraska. Fremont’s water comes from the alluvial sands of the Dakota Aquifer. Fremont’s water is treated with chlorine and fluoride and a polyphosphate is added to help control iron and manganese. Fremont last earned this award in 2013.
Fremont also came home with the Silver Safety Award and the 2018 Scott Wilber Outstanding Facility Award for the Wastewater Treatment Plant. The Scott Wilber Awards Committee of the Nebraska Water Environment Association (NWEA) recognizes exemplary operations and maintenance of wastewater treatment facilities in the State of Nebraska. The award is named after Scott Wilber, a wastewater facility operator who worked for the City of Omaha and routinely exceeded operations and maintenance expectations to ensure his facility remained in compliance.
The final award was presented to Keith Kontor, Superintendent of Water and Wastewater for Fremont. Kontor was awarded the Water Environment Federation Arthur Sidney Bedell Award in acknowledgment of extraordinary personal service to a member association by the Nebraska Water Environment Association. Kontor was unaware that he had been nominated for the award. When the emcee inquired if anyone in the room was born on 1/19/1963, he started to get suspicious.
Then when his wife and sons walked in, he knew something was up.
The Bedell Award was established to acknowledge extraordinary personal service to a Water Environment Federation (WEF) Member Association. The award is named for Arthur Sidney Bedell, WEF’s second president for his long devotion and service to the New York Sewage and Industrial Wastes Association, now the New York Water Environment Association. He was Chief of the Bureau of Sewage and Waste Disposal of the New York State Department of Health.
Keith graduated from Wilber-Clatonia High in 1981 and married his wife Judy in September of 1982. They have enjoyed 36 years of marriage and raised two sons, Brandon and Colby. Keith and Judy have 2 granddaughters Kennedy and Audrey.