Making an Impact on the water industry's workforce


Adam Foy, Collection Systems Operator with Halifax water, is a recent recipient of the One AWWA Operator Scholarship from the Atlantic Canada section. He is using the funding for online studies in his pursuit of a BS in Environmental Practice. 

His family construction business has been involved in the water and wastewater field for over 45 years, so Adam always knew he would be in the same business. 

“I had the opportunity to work as a pipe layer for the largest pipe laying company in Charlottetown, PE. The experience I gained, working in the trenches, was irreplaceable, so I began to look for work across Canada. I was fortunate to be the successful candidate for a water and wastewater operator position in Swift Current, Sk., and I considered this opportunity my first break!”


Harriette Harvey, member of South Carolina Section of AWWA plans to utilize her One AWWA Operator Scholarship to acquire her Class “A” Water Treatment (Operator) License. 

“Scholarship money is a bonus to further my education as I am looking at more courses to benefit my understanding of water treatment and the preservation of this limited commodity.” 

As a Volunteer of the Waccamaw Riverkeeper, Harriette became interested in water through her duties to collect samples, do field analysis, and data collection. Her interest was piqued, and from there she began taking courses in water studies at the local community college. She is currently employed at the Town of Cheraw municipal water company.


An operator at the Cleveland Utilities Water Treatment Plant, Konya Smith was encouraged by her supervisor to apply for the One AWWA Operator Scholarship through KY/TN AWWA Section. She began her career in the water industry working at an industrial battery plant as a wastewater operator. Several years later she began work for Cleveland Utilities where she has been employed since 2016.

Outside of work, Konya is a single parent to three beautiful children and is pursuing a Chemical Engineering degree and has a goal of eventually becoming the Chief Operator within her organization. “What I like the most is that there are so many different avenues you can specialize in and it’s not just narrowed down to one specific position. So, you can be an engineer, lab tech, water operator, or management.”


With support from the Spartanburg Water System and co-workers, Mathew Cooper was awarded a One AWWA Operator Scholarship by the South Carolina Section. He began his career with the Spartanburg Water System in 2006 as a road crew worker and later became involved in wastewater operations through his work in the biosolids department. 

“Being a father of three wonderful boys, the scholarship relieved some of the burden of purchasing books and supplies as I furthered my education and career.” With the knowledge Matthew obtained through classes at a local technical school, he has recently been given the opportunity to accept a new position in the water industry at Aulick Chemical Solutions.