LAKEVILLE –Annually, the New York Water Environmental Association (NYWEA) recognizes local leaders who have made significant contributions to the field of water quality management or municipal and/or industrial waste treatment. The 2022 NYWEA Collection System Operator Award was recently presented to Mark Kosakowski, Director of Operations for the Livingston County Water & Sewer Authority (LCWSA)
Mark manages the operation and maintenance of two wastewater treatment plants, approximately 50 miles of sanitary sewer collection and conveyance piping, and 45 sewage pump stations. In addition, he oversees approximately 75 miles of water distribution and transmission piping, 12 water storage tanks, SEVEN booster pump stations, and FIVE re-chlorination stations. This includes approximately 7,000 water and sewer accounts located within the Village of Livonia and portions of the Towns of Avon, Caledonia, Conesus, Geneseo, Groveland, Leicester, Livonia, Mount Morris, and Sparta.
Jason Molino, LCWSA Executive Director, said, “Congratulations to Mark for an outstanding job! Under Mark’s leadership, the LCWSA team has instituted a maintenance program for all 26 pump stations around Conesus Lake. This program has ensured that wastewater is safely conveyed around the lake to the treatment facility in Lakeville, versus entering Conesus Lake. This is a remarkable effort considering nearly all pump stations have original pumps that are over 50 years old.”
Don Higgins, LCWSA Board Member, said, “This is a well-deserved honor, and we are very proud! Thank you Mark for everything you do - every day - to keep our systems working and maintained and repaired.”
Mark started his career working for the Town of Livonia in 1987, where he served as the water system operator performing duties such as testing, maintenance, and installation of water main. This eventually led to a position with LCWSA, when in 2004 they took over the operation and maintenance of the water system for the Town of Livonia. Then in 2014, Mark was appointed as the Director of Operations, the position he still holds today.
Mark not only works in Livingston County, but he also has called the County home for his entire life. Mark and his wife, Christine, live in Hemlock where they raised two children, both becoming well-rounded men, taking after their father.
About Livingston County Water & Sewer Authority:
The Authority’s primary responsibilities are to construct, improve, maintain, develop, expand and rehabilitate water and sewerage facilities. The Authority currently operates and maintains 2 wastewater treatment plants, approximately 50 miles of sanitary sewer collection and conveyance piping, 45 sewage pump stations, 75 miles of water distribution and transmission piping, 12 water storage tanks, seven booster pump stations, and five re-chlorination stations. This includes approximately 7,000 water and sewer accounts located within the Village of Livonia and portions of the Towns of Avon, Caledonia, Conesus, Geneseo, Groveland, Leicester, Livonia, Mount Morris, and Sparta. The Authority is also responsible for the operation and maintenance of the flood gates in Conesus Creek at the outlet of Conesus Lake.
About New York Water Environment Association:
NYWEA was founded in 1929 by professionals in the field of water quality as a non-profit, educational organization. Association members helped lead the way toward existing state and national clean water programs. Today the Association has over 2,700 members representing diverse backgrounds and specialties, but all are concerned and involved with protecting and enhancing our precious water resources.