Awarded for Excellence by FWPCOA State Association
|Mr. Primus, Plant Superintendent for the Loxahatchee River District, was recently awarded the Florida Water and Pollution Control Operators Association (FWPOCA) David B Lee Award.|
This prestigious award was presented to Primus at the FWPCOA’s annual Florida Water Resources Conference in Orlando, Florida.
The David B. Lee Award is given annually by the state association to a water and wastewater operator for exceptional plant operation. David B. Lee was a longtime Director and Chief Engineer of the Bureau of Sanitary Engineering with the State Board of Health. He was regarded for his commitment to preserving the environment.
The Florida Water and Pollution Control Operators Association is an organization comprised of members who are actively engaged in or deal with the production, treatment, or distribution of water and/or the collection, treatment, or disposal of wastewater, be it industrial or domestic.
Sheldon Primus was born and raised in New York City, but currently resides in Port St. Lucie with his wife and two children. He became an operator through the former State of Florida’s Wastewater Operator Apprentice program, as a City of Orlando employee. Upon completion of the program, Primus obtained his BS/Marketing degree from The University of Phoenix, Orlando campus while gaining his “A” wastewater license. While working with the City of Orlando, Sheldon became a shift supervisor and served as safety coordinator for two years at the treatment plant. In 2002, Primus was hired as a process operator with Seacoast Utility Authority, in charge of creating and managing the professional maintenance program for the plant. In 2005, he was hired as the Chief Operator for the Loxahatchee River District, where he is currently the Plant Superintendent. In February 2012, Primus completed a Masters degree in Public Administration/Environmental Policy and maintains several specialized certification in the wastewater field.
The Loxahatchee River District has for more than four decades, worked to maintain the nationally designated Wild and Scenic Loxahatchee River with innovative water recycling programs, an award-winning wastewater treatment facility, ongoing river research, and restoration/preservation programs.
In 2011, the District was awarded the David York “Reuse System of the Year” by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. On average, the Loxahatchee River District recycles 95% of the seven million gallons of wastewater it receives each day from the community. This recycled water is then sent to local golf courses, residential communities, such as Abacoa, public parks, and even Roger Dean Stadium. This program allows customers to meet their landscape irrigation needs, even in times of drought, while preserving untapped water for the natural environment. The District’s water recycling efforts also play a significant role in preserving freshwater resources for the nationally designated wild and scenic Loxahatchee River.
Loxahatchee River District also provides unique environmental education opportunities with meaning public involvement through the WildPine Ecological Lab, Busch Wildlife Sanctuary and the River Center.
For more information about the Loxahatchee River District and its programs, please visit www.loxahatcheeriver.org.