Water plant supervisor keeps Appalachian water safe, clean

Appalachian State University’s Water Plant Supervisor Don Lusk has held his position of keeping the campus safe from toxic chemicals in the university water supply for 12 years. Lusk holds three levels of licensures to stay qualified for the job. Paul Heckert | The Appalachian
Friday, May 3, 2013 - 8:46am

Appalachian State University's Water Plant Supervisor, Don Lusk, keeps students safe every day when he walks into work.

Lusk has worked at the university for 18 years and started in housing maintenance. Eventually, he came across a job posting as an operator at Appalachian's water plant, and through his qualifications received the position as supervisor 12 years ago.

The job is heavily chemistry-based and requires three different levels of licensures, which took Lusk three years to achieve in order to be qualified for his job.

Even though many students may dislike the chlorine taste from the fountains, Lusk defends this chemical by explaining the benefits of having it in our water systems.

"Chlorine keeps bacteria from growing, so it is the lesser of two evils," Lusk said. "And it's kind of a juggling act for us to not let the chlorine levels get too high or too low."

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Posted on April 17, 2013 by The Appalachian 

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