Marler named state?s top water-plant supervisor

Morgan Marler
The Kansas Rural Water Association has awarded its 2006 Water Treatment Plant Supervisor of the Year Award to Morgan Marler, who oversees water production for the city of Hillsboro.

The presentation was made at the awards ceremony on Wednesday, March 28, during the Association?s 40th Anniversary Conference and Exhibition, held at the Century II Convention Center in Wichita.

Marler has been employed by the Hillsboro Water Department for nine years.

She is a lifetime native of the Peabody area, graduating from Peabody high school.

She has a bachelor degree from Southwestern University and also holds a master?s degree in environmental studies from Friends University in Wichita.

Her present title is water treatment plant supervisor; she has a Class IV certification in both water and wastewater.

Marler holds the distinction of being the first woman to achieve the state?s highest classification for certification in both water and wastewater treatment.

Her achievements at Hillsboro include recently overseeing a $3.5 million upgrade project at the city water plant. The project goal was to address stricter drinking water standards and to provide increased capacity.

Marler worked in concert with the design engineer and contractor to assure all needs desired by the city council were met.

The plant upgrades include the provision of a second clarifier, covers for both clarifiers, two new filters with granulated activated carbon layer making a total of five filters, and constructing a chlorine contact chamber.

When not working for the city of Hillsboro , Marler spends time helping her father in his auction business; she deals in vintage items of all types.

She and husband Shane are fans of folk and jazz music and enjoy attending folk festivals around the country.

The Kansas Rural Water Association has more than 775 municipal and rural members and 280 industry/associate members.

The association provides training and technical assistance to water and wastewater utilities statewide and also supports the popular KAN STEP program through the Kansas Department of Commerce.

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