April 4, 2018 at 5:30 p.m.

Clouse chosen for statewide award

By From Strand Associates-

Press release

Town of Hope Utilities Manager David Clouse was recognized as the 2016 Indiana Water Environment Association Collection Systems Professional of the Year, at the IWEA annual conference last week in Indianapolis.

Nominees must demonstrate a commitment to enhancing the lives of others through his or her work in the collection systems profession. Because of his extreme dedication to the Town of Hope and ensuring the health of its collection system infrastructure, Clouse was nominated for this award by Tony Akles, P.E., of Strand Associates, Inc.

This honor is only awarded to one individual each calendar year.

During his 10-year tenure with the Town, Clouse has advocated for implementing newer technologies when financially possible, helping to ensure that the sanitary collection system infrastructure remains intact and is rehabilitated when necessary. In addition, not only has Clouse managed the sanitary collection system, but he is also responsible for the wastewater treatment plant, water system, storm sewer system, and street department.

Essentially, if it's a public utility in the Town of Hope, Clouse is the one to thank for making sure that it remains functional and efficient.

David has been instrumental in planning and funding projects to replace sewers that are aging and in a state of disrepair. These projects have included sewer televising; smoke, dye, and flow testing; pipe replacement; and pipe lining. While these are not new technologies, David stays abreast of sewer technologies and is willing to look at all options to save the Town money.

Aside from working to maintain infrastructure in a technologically advanced and cost-effective manner, Clouse has also reworked organizational efforts within the Hope Utilities Department. He has improved the town's recordkeeping system, and he trains his employees on all aspects of the collection system so that they can respond to needs in a timely manner. The recordkeeping improvements have been instrumental in identifying problem areas in the collection system, and his team's ability to make repairs in-house has saved Hope thousands of dollars.[[In-content Ad]]