SA Water's Hahndorf Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator Daniel Partridge has been named the first South Australian Operator of the Year, by the Water Industry Operators Association (WIOA).
Daniel, who also volunteers with his local Country Fire Service (CFS) unit, was presented with the inaugural award during an industry event at the Bolivar Wastewater Treatment Plant.
SA Water’s Senior Manager of Production and Treatment Lisa Hannant said winning this award was great recognition of Daniel’s skills as an operator.
"Daniel is a high performer and his achievements have made a real difference to our business and customers throughout the Adelaide Hills and Murraylands," Lisa said.
He was selected as winner for his work in reducing the number of hazards, and boosting efficiencies at wastewater treatment plants in the Adelaide Hills and at Murray Bridge.
"We’re fortunate at SA Water to have highly skilled, dedicated people working to provide vital services for communities throughout South Australia," she said.
The South Australian Operator of the Year Award is a new initiative from WIOA. Sponsored by TAFE SA, the award acknowledges excellent performance, initiative and all-round attention to detail for operational staff working in the South Australian water industry.
Daniel was nominated by SA Water and competed against seven other South Australian operators to take out the honour.
Part of Daniel’s award is a trip to New Zealand in May when he will attend the Wellness in Operations Conference in Queenstown, and visit local wastewater facilities to learn from their processes.
"It’s a special honour to have won this award, and to represent South Australia as Operator of the Year in New Zealand," Daniel said.
Daniel has been with SA Water for eight years and works across several sites providing wastewater processing for communities around Murray Bridge, Mannum, Hahndorf, Stirling, Lobethal, Gumeracha and Angaston.
Daniel originally worked on drinking water at Mount Bold Reservoir, then volunteered to help SA Water at their Adelaide Hills wastewater treatment plants, and has not looked back since.