ClearWater Solutions August Newsletter

Richard D. (Rick) Ailiff, Jr.A Letter from the President

Mid-Year Progress

CWS is halfway through 2015 and it has been a pleasure to reflect on our progress since this same time last year.  What a difference planning and perseverance makes!

To keep project goals on track, CWS is following the 2015-2020 Strategic Plan as outlined.  We are achieving the profit forecast in the plan, winning new projects and building relationships.    As most of you know, CWS had a challenging year in 2014.  However, those  those lessons our team learned during that year made us wiser in setting new goals and the investments made last year are reaping benefits for our company long-term.

I am pleased that our profitability over the first six months has allowed us to set aside funds for operations and employee bonuses as structured in the strategic plan.  The employee bonuses have been an exceptional improvement, and I am most proud of the CWS leadership team for adjusting the percentage of bonus funds allocated to our hardworking staff.

In addition to the continuous progress made possible by the strategic plan, our company has experienced a surge of employees taking on additional responsibilities and leadership roles as well as improving upon their business development approaches:

Robert Ramsey is leading the CCTV efforts for CWS, which has resulted in new CCTV projects in Ft. Oglethorpe, GA, and another at Calhoun Community College.   Both of these jobs also came from the collaboration between CWS and Goodwyn, Mills and Cawood, which is a great example of what the two firms can accomplish together.

Mike McCary and his team in Hoover, AL, have taken on major roles with the City of Phoenix.  Tim Mitchell is diligently focused on the training and certification of employees.  Paige Cawood continues to work on making our safety program the best in the business and has joined Tim Mitchell in their first Leadership Course.

Jerry Price, Lawrence Hughes, Brent Stuffer and Bob Carter secured opportunities for O&M jobs with the City of Vance, Phoenix Utilities, Wayne Farms and GuYoung-Tech due to business development strategies.

Brent Stuffer’s long-lasting relationships with clients has resulted in an agreement with Perdue Foods in Cromwell, KY, to operate their water treatment facility.

As such, the Business Development team has developed new work in several states and their determination is much appreciated by CWS’ leadership team and project managers.

Keep up the good work and let’s make the second half of 2015 just as special!

 – Rick


bottled water

Bottled Water Dilemma | Rick Ailiff

We all know that water is essential for survival and is one of our most precious resources.

Just recently, my wife walked into the house with a case of bottled water.  We had just watched a news clip about a recall on bottled water in several northeastern states due to an outbreak of Escherichia coli (E. coli).  E. coli is a bacteria that causes cramping, digestive infections, and is dangerous for the under-developed bodies of very young children.   I had preached for several years that bottled water is NOT regulated in the same way as “tap” water.

For example, while bottled water is widely consumed by people all over the world, there are still some risks involved due to less stringent regulations within the industry compared to those within municipal systems that control tap water.  Companies bottle water under names like ‘spring’ and ‘purified’.  Turn out, 40% of bottled water comes from an ordinary tap or municipal source and is sold through a manufacturer, but the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) does not regulate the process.  Companies are not required to test for E-Coli or provide consumers with a report of the water’s source or constituents.

Why do we purchase bottled water?  My wife argued that she purchased the bottled water for the convenience and taste.  In terms of taste, it’s true that tap water tends to have a slight chlorine taste, but the easiest way to remove this taste is to fill a pitcher with tap water and place in your refrigerator for several hours.  This allows the chlorine to dissipate, leaving a better taste to bottled water.

As far as cost is concerned, the financial comparison between tap and bottled water is astronomical.  Bottled water is more costly that milk!  A glass of tap water cost $0.0015 and a gallon of bottled water cost is $10.00, which amounts to 10,000 times higher.

Unlike the typical bottled water manufacturer, ClearWater Solutions and its employees are held to a higher standard than the bottled water industry.  We understand the work and effort that our employees put forth day in and day out to provide our communities with safe and accessible water sources.

Now, for the plastic bottle issue and how we get rid of the excess quantities……… that’s another article.   Until next month, stay hydrated my friends!


Coosa Valley Receives Best Operated Plant Award

Alabama Water Pollution and Control Association – 70th Conference
Huntsville, AL
August 5, 2015

Tim Mitchell, Plant Operator and Project Manager of Coosa Valley Water Plant, proudly received the Alabama Water and Pollution Control Association’s Best Operated Plant Award on behalf of ClearWater Solutions. The award, which credits Coosa Valley in the water distribution category, recognizes the outstanding operation achieved by the operators of the plant in 2015. The plant also received an Award of Excellence in the surface water category.

Congratulations to Tim Mitchell and his team of operators, including Joseph Burt, Casey Cambron, Joel Casey and Brian Moore for all of their hard work and dedication.

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