Mansfield Water Utilities has been honored for its communication efforts by two state organizations that recognize excellence in the water utilities industry.
Mansfield received the Watermark Award for Communication Excellence from the Texas Section of the American Water Works Association (AWWA) and the Water Environment Association of Texas (WEAT). The award was presented last month at the 2018 Texas Water Conference.
The Watermark Award, given for the best water communication programs for residents and employees, was in recognition of the department’s work last year on the celebration of 100 years of water utilities in Mansfield. It recognized both the city’s 100-Year Birthday Party and the book, “From Water Street to Water Legacy: 100 Years of Water in Mansfield, TX”.
“The 100 year celebration was focused on two audiences: our community, especially those with young families, and our water utilities employees,” said Jeff Price, director of utilities, who was on hand to accept the award with Deputy City Manager Joe Smolinski and Water Treatment Plant Supervisor Robbie Isbell. “The water legacy book was written and published by utility staff to highlight this historical event and to be a timeless communications that told the story of water in our city. We shared this communication plan – the event and the book – with the award committee and are pleased they saw the creativity, dedication to the message and the excitement of our organization in this 100-year celebration.”
The 100-Year Birthday Party featured life-sized versions of popular games, planned and built by the water utilities staff and all with a water-themed message. The event was attended by hundreds of residents, and water utilities staff members manned the games and interacted with those attending the party.
A few weeks later the department launched the water legacy book at an event held in Historic Downtown Mansfield at the Farr Best Theater, which was also celebrating its 100thbirthday. Guests included industry partners, and both current and retired employees. The event featured a special presentation by utilities staff, a panel discussion and a book excerpt reading by retired Mansfield Water Utilities Director Bud Ervin, for whom the water treatment plant is named.