Sept. 25, 2020
CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, VA — Chesterfield County’s Director of Utilities George B. Hayes, P.E., was awarded the A. H. Paessler Award from the Virginia Water Environment Association on Sept. 15. President Laurissa Hoyle, presented this award in recognition of Hayes’ commitment to protecting the environment and endless contributions to the wastewater industry. This is the first time a Chesterfield County employee was presented with this distinguished award, which is only presented once a year to a single recipient for the entire Commonwealth of Virginia.
Hayes is a registered Professional Engineer and has worked for Chesterfield County Utilities for over fourteen years, serving as the Director of Utilities since 2015. Under his innovative leadership, the department completed numerous projects to improve water quality and protect the environment. The biological nutrient removal upgrade projects at the county’s wastewater treatment plants have been successful in removing over 2 million pounds of nutrients each year, protecting the water quality in the James River and Chesapeake Bay. Most recently, Hayes has been focused on long-term wastewater and water-supply planning. Projects are underway for the expansion of the county’s wastewater treatment facility, providing environmentally protective wastewater treatment for the next 90 years. The department also is in the permitting phase for a fourth potable water supply on the tidal Appomattox River, anticipated to provide an additional century of safe and reliable water supply.
In addition to the department’s many achievements under his leadership, Hayes is active in numerous professional and civic organizations including serving on numerous Boards including the Virginia Association of Municipal Wastewater Agencies, the South-Central Wastewater Authority and the Appomattox River Water Authority. At the request of the Department of Environmental Quality, he is currently serving on the state’s Point Source Nutrient Reductions Review Work Group, tasked by the General Assembly to identify cost-effective options for achieving Chesapeake Bay nutrient reduction goals.
Hayes was recognized at the Sept. 23 Board of Supervisors meeting.