Sparks Receives Golden Manhole Award

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June 8, 2017 –

Chad Sparks, Business Development Representative for Midland GIS, was awarded the 2017 Golden Manhole Award at the IAWEA Annual Conference Banquet in Ottumwa, Iowa on June 7, 2017.  This award is given annually by the Iowa Water Environment Association in recognition of their commitment and contributions to the organization’s members and their Collection Systems Operations and Maintenance Activities.

Chad Sparks has been supporting municipalities in Iowa and throughout the region for over 20 years.  No stranger to hard work, Chad began his career with Hydro-Klean as a field technician in 1996, cleaning and television sanitary sewer line.  He has successfully advanced his career in the utility industry serving Hydro-Klean as an Operations Manager, and most recently as Account Manager.  His experience includes managing field crews and projects for clients, preparing proposals, budgets, allocating resources, employee training and client service.  Chad’s unique combination of field experience, hands-on understanding of sanitary sewer operations, and business acumen have allowed him to establish credibility and trust with clients throughout the region.

In 2017, Chad joined the business development team at Midland GIS Solutions, bringing his experience on-board to assist municipalities with accurate data collection and asset management in order to support efforts for compliance and planning for rehab and maintenance projects.  Over the years, Chad has provided training and education to councils and various utility organizations including Iowa Rural Water Association and Iowa Water Environment Association on sanitary sewer maintenance and best practices in managing infrastructure life cycle and serves on the IAWEA Committee.

Chad’s genuine commitment to his clients and passion for a job well done serve as a constant in this industry.  There is always a big smile on his face, and a positive word for him to share.  He is a man with a big heart and his understanding, objective approach to finding the best solution for his clients has, and will continue to benefit the utility professionals he serves across Iowa.

For more information on Iowa Water Environment Association or the Golden Manhole Society, please visit the IAWEA Website at or contact Chad Sparks at