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Cedar Rapids Utilities Director Recognized with Fuller Award

Cedar Rapids Utilities Director Recognized with Fuller Award

October 28, 2021

The American Water Works Association, Iowa Section recognized Roy Hesemann, Utilities Director for the City of Cedar Rapids, with the George Warren Fuller Award during their annual conference on Wednesday, October 27 in Cedar Rapids. 

The Fuller Award honors individuals who exemplify distinguished service to the water supply field in commemoration of the engineering skill, diplomatic talent, and constructive leadership that characterized the life of George Warren Fuller. Each section of the American Water Works Association can name a recipient annually. Fuller was an engineer responsible for important water and wastewater treatment innovations during the turn of the 20th century.

Hesemann has served Cedar Rapids’ water and wastewater industry for more than 22 years, and boasts a career spanning 30 years of engineering, management and education work in the industry. He has also served the American Water Works Association in various roles, including as chairman of the board of the Iowa Section in 2017. Hesemann was named the Utilities Director for the City of Cedar Rapids in January.

“Roy has always been there to support the industry and anybody who has shown a need,” said Jennifer Puffer, chair of the Iowa section of the American Water Works Association. “We congratulate him on his many accomplishments and the dedication and hard work that earned him this year’s Fuller award.”

Hesemann was presented the George Warren Fuller Award on Wednesday night at the awards banquet of the American Water Works Association — Iowa Section’s annual conference. The conference has been held for more than 100 years. At the award banquet, Keokuk was named the winner of the annual “Best of the Best Tap Water Taste Test” competition, which was held on Wednesday at Noon. Participants in the competition included Cedar Falls Utilities, City of Ames, City of Cedar Rapids, Des Moines Water Works, Iowa Lakes Regional Water, Keokuk Municipal Waterworks, and West Des Moines Water Works.

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