On Tuesday January 28th our own Randy Russell, Superintendent of the Michigan City Water Works, was presented with the prestigious George Warren Fuller Award. This honor was presented at the annual American Water Works Association meeting held in Indianapolis.

The prestigious George Warren Fuller award is presented annually to only selected members in the United States and Canada for their distinguished service to the water supply field. This award is the most highly regarded recognition within the AWWA organization.

Superintendent Randy Russell has served Michigan City for over 45 years, beginning his career at 17, mowing lawns at the water utility. He then worked in many capacities for Michigan City where he has served as the Superintendent for over 30 years.

At the reception to see him receive the award were Randy’s wife, Pat, their daughter and son-in law, Abby and Kevin Collyard, and their son and daughter-in-law, Robert and Shaye Russell.

George Warren Fuller Awards are presented annually by the American Water Works Association to the sections’ respective selected members for their distinguished service to the water supply field in commemoration of the sound engineering skill, brilliant diplomatic talent, and constructive leadership which characterized the life of George Warren Fuller.

George Warren Fuller was a sanitary engineer who was also trained in bacteriology and chemistry. His career extended from 1890 to 1934 and he was responsible for important innovations in water and wastewater treatment. He designed and built both the first modern water filtration plant, and the first chlorination system that disinfected the United States drinking water supply.

Mayor Duane Parry expresses his congratulations to Superintendent Randy Russell in obtaining this highly regarded award. Mayor Parry also extends his personal thank you for Randy Russell’s service to the citizens of Michigan City, and all his accomplishments.