When you woke up this morning, how soon did you turn on a faucet? It’s usually one of the first things we do every day.
Here’s a little information about the man behind the city’s water system. Bart Simons manages the Water Sources Section in our Public Works Department, and he was this year’s recipient of the American Water Works Association’s George Warren Fuller Award for the Utah-Idaho region. The Fuller Award is named after an individual who demonstrated “engineering skill,” “brilliant diplomatic talent,” and “constructive leadership,” and is given for “distinguished service to the water supply field.”
I can’t imagine anyone more deserving than Bart. With a very streamlined staff, Bart manages 12 spring areas, 16 deep wells, 45 miles of transmission main, 10 chlorinating facilities, nine distribution reservoirs, nine booster pump stations, and 32 pressure reducing stations. He is a consummate professional, and his wife reports that she often finds him in the middle of the night logged into the SCADA system making sure that everything is as it should be.