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Published: 2005-02-25 00:00:00

An Environment Waikato staff member has been awarded the Council’s Water Sciences Prize.

Paul Smith, who works in the Environmental Monitoring Unit, is completing his degree this year after working for Environment Waikato for nine years. He wins $500 for books to use in his studies.

The Water Science Prize is awarded every year to the top student in water science. It was set up by Sir Ross Jansen with the Earth Sciences Department at Waikato University.

Paul Smith joined Environment Waikato in 1996 from Hamilton City Council’s water treatment station where he worked as a laboratory technician testing the quality of the city’s water supply. He had a New Zealand Certificate in Science and began to extend his qualifications in 2000 with a Bachelor of Science degree while continuing to work full time.

He received the award at yesterday’s Council meeting.