Making an Impact on the water industry's workforce

The California Nevada AWWA Section awarded two One AWWA Operator Scholarships in 2018, with one going to Davin Clark, a recent certified water operator.

Having finished a water resources management program at Gavilan College, Davin is transferring to a university to pursue a bachelor of science degree in Business Management. He takes his Operator 2 license very seriously and says he is making a lifelong commitment to in the industry, the environment, and the public.

“I’ve been very blessed having worked with my mentors who have made a life-changing impact on me. Their level of commitment has manifested in me as I carry on the legacy that saves lives.”


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.


Read the 2018 Impact Report