Sue Harsh recognized at annual conference

Sue Harsh, Bookkeeper for Rural Water District No. 6, Butler County, has been recognized by the Kansas Rural Water Association as Rural Water Bookkeeper of the Year. The award was presented this past week during the Association’s 50th Annual Conference and Exhibition held at the Century II Convention Center in Wichita. The conference was attended by 2,300 people from more than 300 cities and 200 rural water districts.
Harsh, currently of El Dorado, grew up in the Topeka area and is an Emporia State University graduate. After working for Butler County for a number of years, Harsh accepted the bookkeeper’s position with the water district in 2012. During her five years with the district, she has seen a new elevated storage tank erected and a new pump station is scheduled to be installed. Also, the district is planning to replace nearly 1,000 meters with cellular based automatic read meters and she is currently working with the meter company to monitor the performance of 10 auto-read meters on a trial basis. She says she enjoys crunching numbers and really likes working with the public, especially the district customers.
“Sue is described as a person who is very thorough and is good at sorting out and establishing some sort of order to a hectic schedule,” said Elmer Ronnebaum, General Manager of the Association.
Outside of work Sue enjoys watching Butler Community College volleyball where her daughter coaches. She also enjoys hunting, boating, singing, and baseball. Last year she and her family watched major league games in Milwaukee, Chicago, St. Louis and Kansas City.
Other municipal and rural water and wastewater operators were recognized during the conference. The conference training program included 58 seminars on all aspects of water and wastewater utility operations and management and 345 exhibits of products and services for municipal water and wastewater utilities. Special guest speakers included Tracy Streeter, Director of the Kansas Water Office and Ron Wilson, Director of the Huck Boyd Institute, Manhattan, Kan.
The Kansas Rural Water Association provides training and technical assistance to cities and rural water districts and also supports a variety of other community programs from GPS mapping to the popular KAN STEP self-help program through the Department of Commerce. See to learn more about the Association.