A 44-year veteran of the Evansville Water and Sewer Utility has received the highest state-wide award for service to the water industry.
Duane Gilles was given the Indiana Section, American Water Works Association 2017 George Warren Fuller Award at the Association conference in February. Gilles will also be recognized nationally at the American Water Works Association 2017 Annual Conference in Philadelphia.
“We work with Duane every day and we know he is one of the best of the best. His passion for the water industry, excellent customer service and tenacious get-it-done attitude makes him an excellent role model for young professionals entering the workforce today,” said Allen Mounts, director, Evansville Water and Sewer Utilities. “If you know Duane, you know he is humble and one of the best examples of a servant leader.
“Duane is the type of person you want to replicate throughout your entire workforce. We are so proud that Duane joins an elite group of high impact AWWA professionals.”
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In addition, Gilles was also presented with the Reggie Baker Award by Indiana Water/Wastewater Agency Response Network for supporting and promoting statewide emergency preparedness, disaster response, and mutual air between water and wastewater utilities responding to major disasters.
Gilles was recognized in 2016 for his long-standing commitment to coordinating the local Water for People concert and raising over $500,000 since 2006 to bring clean water to impoverished countries in Africa.
Also, in 2014, Gilles was given the BELL Award for his leadership and work to improve the city’s water utility infrastructure.