Gregory Graves, President of Norweco, Inc. and past President of NOWRA, received the award during the NOWRA Mega-Conference held in Minneapolis on Oct. 21 to 24.
Graves lives in Milan and is a Norwalk High School graduate.
The first recipient was such a well-respected onsite wastewater professional that the award bears his name. The Richard J. Otis Industry Achievement Award is awarded annually to recognize an individual that has shown an outstanding commitment to the NOWRA Association and to the wastewater treatment industry. Richard’s son, Chris, presented Greg with the award.
Tom Fritts, a prior NOWRA Achievement Award recipient, provided the introduction. “Growing up in the wastewater industry, Greg has a passion for supporting organizations such as NOWRA that provide education and communication to industry professionals. His education, experience and dedication are recognized with this award by his industry peers.” Greg graduated from Northwestern University in Illinois with a degree in Economics and went on to earn his MBA from the Simon Business School at the University of Rochester in New York.
“Greg has been employed at Norweco since 1996. He has served as a past President of NOWRA and is an active participant in many industry associations. Norweco, Inc. is located in Norwalk, Ohio USA. They are a manufacturer of water and wastewater treatment products, systems and chemicals. Norweco is an industry leader and specializes in small-flow treatment applications, ranging from municipal treatment systems for small towns and villages, all the way down to systems for the individual family home.
“NOWRA is the largest organization within the U.S. dedicated to educating and representing members within the onsite and decentralized wastewater treatment industry. NOWRA was founded in 1992 to educate and serve its members and the public by promoting sound federal, state and local policies, to improve standards of practice and increase public recognition of the need for benefits of onsite and decentralized wastewater infrastructure.
“NOWRA’s lobbying board of governors was in attendance at the Onsite Wastewater Mega-Conference when the news was received that President Trump signed the America’s Infrastructure Act of 2018, which contained key provisions of the NOWRA Act. Having been actively involved in this initiative, Greg and the NOWRA members reached a major milestone as this marks the first legislation NOWRA has successfully passed. The legislation is a significant victory for the association and the industry. This requires the EPA to develop information about the cost-effectiveness of onsite and decentralized treatment and to share it with governments seeking federal wastewater funding.”
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