Levi Fuller, Wastewater Treatment Plant Operations Supervisor for Dublin San Ramon Services District (DSRSD), has been named 2015 Supervisor of the Year by the San Francisco Bay Section of the California Water Environment Association (CWEA), the leading training and certification organization in California for the wastewater industry.
“I congratulate Levi for his skill managing employees and his dedication to the job of running the regional wastewater treatment plant. It’s no surprise that his staff nominated him for the award,” says Operations Manager Dan Gallagher. “He leads a highly effective team at the District and is a gifted teacher and mentor who has helped numerous students and interns build careers in the water and wastewater industry.”
Fuller oversees DSRSD facilities that treat 3.6 billion gallons of wastewater annually—an average of 10 million gallons a day. His staff of 11 operators also run facilities for two regional partnerships: a water treatment plant that recycles more than a billion gallons of wastewater each year, and a massive system that pumps and conveys treated wastewater over the Dublin Grade and all the way to San Francisco Bay. Fuller also supervises the District’s hugely popular residential recycled water fill station.
Fuller has 29 years of operations experience, including four years aboard the U.S. Navy’s USS Nimitz CVN-68 where, among other duties, he supervised desalination facilities. He joined DSRSD in 2000. Fuller is actively involved in programs to train the next generation of wastewater professionals. In addition to supervising the District’s operator-in-training program, Fuller is an instructor for the Bay Area Consortium for Water and Wastewater Education (BACWWE) and also serves on the Executive Committee of BAYWORK, a workforce development taskforce of water and wastewater utilities.
“Through his work as adjunct faculty at Solano College and instructor for the BACWWE program, Levi has inspired many operators, including myself, to reach for a life-changing career, to the betterment of ourselves, our families, our organizations, and our environment,” said Senior Wastewater Treatment Operator III Todd Millison in the nomination packet, which he submitted on behalf of Fuller’s staff.
CWEA awards acknowledge outstanding achievement in more than 20 categories, honoring exceptional California water environment professionals, wastewater collection systems, and treatment plants. As a winner at the San Francisco Bay section level, Fuller will compete for the statewide CWEA Supervisor of the Year award, which will be announced in April.
“I have known Levi Fuller for almost 10 years and, during this tenure, Mr. Fuller has always been an excellent example of the ultimate wastewater professional. Mr. Fuller never hesitates to share his knowledge and time with all who are interested in learning about the wastewater industry. This has been demonstrated by his willingness to open the doors at the Dublin San Ramon Services District to many of the SFBS tours and open houses,” said Steve Dominguez, a Past President of the San Francisco Bay Section of CWEA and 2015 Awards Chair. “I’ve had the pleasure of working with Mr. Fuller on the Bay Area Consortium of Water and Wastewater Education project and his insights about what is needed by the operators has been most beneficial to the team. When I was informed that Mr. Fuller was the selectee for Supervisor of the Year my immediate reaction was, ‘It’s about time.’ Without any question this is a recognition that has been a long time coming for Mr. Fuller.”