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Posted on: January 13, 2022

Utilities Director Wins NACWA Award

George Hayes

Department of Utilities

Jan. 13, 2022

CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, VA — Chesterfield Director of Utilities George B. Hayes, P.E. has received the 2022 National Environmental Achievement Award (NEAA) for Utility Leadership from the National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA). 

Honoring his exemplary commitment to our community, the environment and challenges faced by utilities, Hayes was one of just two individuals nationally recognized for his utility leadership from the NACWA this year. 

“Over my 16 years of service with Chesterfield Utilities, I have had the pleasure to work with some of the greatest individuals I have known in my career and have worked on some amazing projects,” Hayes said. “Receiving this award reaffirms to me the great work everyone in our department does on a daily basis.”

Hayes has served the citizens of Chesterfield since 2006, including the past seven years as utilities director. After starting his career with the New York City Department of Environmental Protection in 1992, he came to the Commonwealth of Virginia and served as Henrico County’s Water Distribution Engineer from 1996 through 2000 and its Construction Division Director from 2000 to 2005 prior to his arrival in Chesterfield.

Active in numerous professional and civic organizations, Hayes serves as the President of the Virginia Association of Municipal Wastewater Agencies (VAMWA), a founding member of the Board of Directors for the Virginia Municipal Drinking Water Association (VMDWA), on the boards of the Chesterfield County Reservoir Hydrilla Management Group (RHMG), the Appomattox River Water Authority (ARWA) as an alternate, and the South-Central Wastewater Authority (SCWWA) as an alternate.  

Chesterfield, through Hayes’ leadership, is active with the NACWA as well as the Virginia Water Environment Association (VWEA), the American Water Works Association (AWWA), the Water Environment Federation (WEF), and the Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies (AMWA). Hayes’ innovative leadership and environmental stewardship is demonstrated through his active engagement with regulators regarding proposed changes and the numerous programs and projects completed by Chesterfield County under his guidance. Chesterfield Utilities frequently submits comments to proposed changes in regulations to ensure the legislation is grounded in sound environmental science and will be effectively implemented.

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