Rocky Mount Public Utilities recently won a Silver designation award in the American Public Gas Association’s System Operation Achievement Recognition program.
SOAR is given to natural gas utilities that demonstrate excellence in the four operational areas of worker safety, workforce development, system integrity and system improvement. This is the inaugural year for the SOAR program, and 21 public natural gas systems have won the recognition.
“Rocky Mount is one of nine natural gas providers in the country to win the Silver designation in the SOAR program,” said Utilities Director Rich Worsinger. “Our natural gas division employees have worked hard to maintain the integrity of our system and to stay safe while on the job. We are very proud of this achievement.”
SOAR applications were reviewed by a team of public natural gas utility peers from the APGA Operations and Safety Committee and were awarded a rating based on total cumulative points achieved from the four program criteria areas.A Bronze designation is awarded if the utility scores 80-89 percent of the possible points, Silver designation is awarded if the utility scores 90-96 percent of the possible points and a Gold designation is awarded if the utility scores 97-100 percent of the possible points.