Garver's Sober named a WEF Fellow
Garver Operations Specialist Gary Sober has earned one of the industry’s highest honors in recognition of a career that has helped ensure the creation, operations, and maintenance of safe and efficient water and wastewater treatment practices. By being named a Water Environment Federation Fellow, Sober joins a 15-member class of professionals from across the country who have displayed this commensurate high achievement, stature, and contribution to the industry.
Sober’s contributions over more than four decades have included the management of hundreds of water and wastewater systems across the United States and the world, while focusing on operations, maintenance, and training of operations staff. He is a licensed Double-A Operator in Texas, a Registered Sanitarian, a longtime member of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality’s Water Utility Operator Licensing Advisory Committee, and serves as a TCEQ Environ-Mentor. A lifetime member of WEF, Sober has served as chair of the Water Environment Association of Texas’ Operator Training Committee, has earned the William D. Hatfield Award, the Susan B. Hier Excellence in Education and Licensing Award, Texas Water Utilities Association Instructor of the Year Award, and served as a judge and coordinator for the WEF’s Operations Challenge.
“The WEF is a vital resource to global water quality, and my career has been strengthened by those resources and the expertise provided by its diverse membership,” Sober said. “I’m honored and humbled to be named among this prestigious group, especially considering it came from a nomination of my peers.”
Sober will be honored Oct. 7 during the WEFTEC Connect virtual awards ceremony.
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