Danny Young, currently the system manager for Notla Water Authority, has been with the company for over 36 years. His forward-thinking and expansive visions for the future of the company have catapulted NWA from a small town utility to one of the largest rural water systems in the State of Georgia. Danny’s plumbing and electrical experience, along with his extensive contact base, both in the local community as well as in the State Legislature, has provided NWA with the appropriate tools to get the job done.
Brenda Harwood has been the backbone of the Notla Water office for nearly 17 years and has seen many changes within our company, especially the billing system evolution. Brenda can recall the days before the “Smart” Radio-Read Meters when our distribution staff had to physically drive around the county getting meter readings; those of which she had to manually input into the system. She would then have to print out thousands of billing cards and personally spend hours tearing each individual one apart in preparation for mailing. Now, Brenda operates a state-of-the-art software program that has efficiently automated the billing system. As office administrator, Brenda oversees the monthly billing process, as well as the meter change-out program, and skillfully maintains customer accounts. She is also our resident hen-mother, consistently caring for all of our employees’ needs, in addition to handling the administrative needs of the office, which are too numerous to count
Ramona Driskell, as Notla Water Authority’s bookkeeper for the past 8 years, has maintained the accounting system for the company, in addition to a wide variety of duties related to the record keeping of financial transactions for the establishment, including the purchasing of office supplies and equipment, maintenance of the petty cash fund, and monthly reconciliation of NWA’s various bank accounts. Ramona is also the company’s liaison for all things insurance, for both vehicular and employee health. As bookkeeper, Ramona maintains the official minutes for Notla Water’s monthly board meetings and proficiently prepares the financial report for said meetings as well as for the Annual Notla Water Authority Meeting for the general public.
Stephanie Bragg, originally hired on in August of 2008 as an intern from Union County High School, has been with the company for the past 8 years as a customer service coordinator. She is the cheerful voice of Notla Water Authority, and the bright smiling face new customers see as they set up their new accounts. Stephanie takes care of daily revenue collections as well as all resale business, and assists with the day-to-day operation of the water office.
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Jennifer Maier is the chief water operator and holds a degree in Biology. She has a specialized background in laboratory analysis and handles all the State compliance sampling and administrative paperwork.
Jason Maier is our resident backflow prevention guru and brings his competent maintenance/mechanic skills to the table. His extensive background in the construction industry has proven to be quite beneficial to our operation.
Terry Stover, hired on in 1987, has been a permanent fixture here at Notla Water for the past three decades. Terry’s contagious energetic drive, his attention to detail, and his skills for prioritization have made him the perfect field foreman. He has an uncanny ability to lay out the day’s work for the crew and complete it in the time allotted. Terry is also heading up the meter change-out program; ensuring that our customers have accurate and reliable meters to catalog the proper water usage. The most impressive trait, however, is that along with all his foreman duties, Terry can often be seen right in the middle of a muddy hole with the working end of a shovel, unafraid to get his hands dirty.
Kenneth Deyton has been with Notla Water for over 20 years and, in addition to his maintenance and distribution duties, brings an impressive array of technical know-how to the team. His mechanical abilities, ranging from small engine repair to heavy equipment maintenance to welding, have saved the company untold amounts of time and money. Kenneth’s most important function with the company, however, lies with his booster pump and valve expertise. The water system’s geographical make-up and variations in elevation result in quite a few high pressure zones which cause a great deal of stress on the mechanical functions of valves and pumps. Having someone of Kenneth’s technical background has proven to be a boon for the company, as is evident in the number of repair calls he answers, day or night, weekday or weekend, rain or shine.
Joey Colwell, hired on in 1997, has nearly 20 years of service with Notla Water’s maintenance and distribution team. He is our communications facilitator and, as such, handles all radio transmission issues at the main office as well as for all the fleet vehicles. Joey’s organizational skills make him an indispensable asset during our annual inventory events. Joey also assists with emergency locates of water lines by requests from local utilities and contractor/developers.
Wade Rogers, hired in March of 2008, has accrued 8 years of service with Notla Water. Wade, in addition to his maintenance and distribution duties, handles the emergency locates for the company. He is also our resident expert on the GPS/mapping program; a software program that allows Notla Water to geographically plot each and every water line, hydrant, valve, etc. within our water system.
Tommy Abercrombie is the newest member of our water team, joining Notla Water in June of 2015. He comes to us as a jack of all trades, with experience in building, welding, and operating heavy equipment. Tommy has spent the last year learning the water business from the ground up, such as installing new water lines, searching for difficult-to-find water leaks in (often in the pouring rain), repairing broken service lines, weed control around wells and tanks, meter change-outs, and a slew of other water related duties.