State drinking water industry honors Michael L. HotalingMichael L. Hotaling, Facilities Manager of Newport News Waterworks Department, was awarded the prestigious Fuller Award at the Virginia Section American Water Works Association (VA AWWA) annual conference on September 16, 2015. This is the highest award given by the state drinking water industry for dedication and involvement in the drinking water industry.
Hotaling was hired by the Waterworks in 1994 as Water Production Manager. He has a BS in Chemical Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University and MBA from Marist College. He has been a member of the American Water Works Association (AWWA) since 1990, serving on a multitude of technical advisory committees for AWWA to study and consider proposed changes to drinking water regulations. He has also supported research efforts by the Water Research Foundation through direct or utility participation. He currently serves as a Virginia Section Trustee.
The Fuller Award has been likened to the equivalent of being elected to the Virginia water hall of fame. Mike’s expertise is recognized across the state and nationally.
There have been five previous Newport News Waterworks recipients of the Fuller Award: E. F. Dugger in 1942; W. B. Harman in 1955; J. M. Pharr in 1967; Sherry L. Williams in 2001; and Brian L. Ramaley in 2003.