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Posted on: April 13, 2017

Kansas Rural Water Association recognizes Durar for contributions to utilities industry

Abdu Durar

Abdu Durar, Environmental Compliance Manager for the Water and Wastewater Division of the City of Manhattan Public Works Department, has been recognized for outstanding service to the water and wastewater utilities industries. Durar was presented a "Special Recognition Award" by the Kansas Rural Water Association during ceremonies at the 50th annual conference and exhibition in late March at the Century II Convention Center in Wichita. The conference was attended by 300 cities and nearly 200 rural water systems in Kansas and Oklahoma.

After receiving his Bachelor of Science Degree in Soil and Water Sciences from the University of Tripoli in Libya, Durar moved to the United States to pursue higher education.  He first attended Portland State University in Oregon, and then attained further education at Colorado State University where he received his Master of Science Degree in Agronomy. Leaving Fort Collins, Colorado for Kansas, he moved to Manhattan to attend Kansas State University where he received his Ph.D. in Agronomy. After spending four years as a Research Associate and Soil Scientist with the United States Department of Agriculture, his career moved into a different area in 1995 when he began working for the city of Manhattan as an Environmental Officer and Environmental Coordinator with the then Utilities Department.

From 2000 to 2003 Durar served as the Assistant Director of the Wastewater Division of the Utilities Department. From 2003 to 2008 he served as the Assistant Director of the Wastewater Section of the Utilities Division of the Public Works Department where he was responsible for planning, organization, and administration of the Wastewater Treatment Plant and Biosolids Farm. The Wastewater Treatment Plant received Plant of the Year awards in 2001 and 2002 from the Kansas Water Environment Association. The Biosolids Management Program won the beneficial use awards in 2001, 2011, and 2015. Since 2008, Durar has been serving as the Environmental Compliance Manager for the Water and Wastewater Division of the Public Works Department. He continues to work in the wastewater area as well as the collection system, water distribution system, storage, testing and reporting.

Founded in 1966, the Kansas Rural Water Association is the source of training, technical assistance, and advocacy for nearly 700 cities and water districts across the state. For more information, visit www.krwa.net.

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