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Young honored with award

Jordan Young, Wastewater Operations Superintendent for Decatur Utilities, has been recognized as the 2020 Young Professional of the Year by the Alabama/Mississippi Section of the American Water Works Association (AWWA). Presentation of the award, which was delayed by the COVID-19 pandemic, was made by AWWA to Young on May 26th by John Hall, Alabama/Mississippi board vice-chairman and April Nabors, junior trustee.

Young, who has been with DU for more than eight years, began his career as a utility engineer before moving into operations supervision in 2017. In February of 2020, Jordan accepted his current role and is now heading up improvements to the system’s sanitary sewer infrastructure to address Sanitary Sewer Overflows (SSOs).

Jimmy Evans, Operations Manager, said Young has proven himself to be extremely effective in managing complex, multi-million-dollar water/wastewater operations projects and leading field crews tasked with rehabilitating and maintaining DU’s complex underground water and sanitary sewer collection network.

“To aggressively address SSOs throughout much of our system, Jordan is now focusing his efforts to leading this vital effort,” said Evans. “We are proud of his recognition as AWWA’s Young Professional of the Year and can think of no one more deserving of this prestigious honor.”

Ray Hardin, DU’s General Manager, echoed Evans’ sentiments. “Jordan truly reflects the values and ethics that we adhere to at DU,” Hardin said. “He and our entire employee team are dedicated to providing safe, reliable utility service at the lowest possible rate.”

Young earned his B.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Alabama at Huntsville in May of 2012. He is currently working toward a Master’s Degree in Business Administration. Young is also a graduate of the Decatur-Morgan County Chamber of Commerce Excellence in Leadership program.

The Alabama/Mississippi Section of the AWWA is comprised of water and wastewater treatment utilities in the region along with engineers, utility leaders, managers, scientists, and others who hold a genuine interest in water, the nation’s most important resource. Nationwide, AWWA’s membership includes 4,300 utilities and 51,000 total members.

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