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E-Splash January 2013 - Directors Report
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Illinois Section AWWA - E-Splash - January 2013

Kyla Jacobsen
AWWA  Director

We are finally seeing a few "winter” temperatures, although we’re still WAY behind on precipitation. Looks like this coming spring and summer is going to be another character builder with respect to water production. Hopefully, everyone is prepared. I know that we have made some changes in hopes of diverting the same disaster that befell us last summer!

I just returned from the Association’s winter board meeting. This meeting was held in Nashville at the Opryland Hotel. I could have been held anywhere, since we never ventured out of the meeting rooms! There are many good things happening at the Association.

Currently the Association is updating their strategic plan. They are looking to craft a new mission and vision statement. A committee is set to review the principles of the organization as well as the goals and objectives. They want to prioritize the key issues that have been identified as most important – Membership, Communication, Education, Branding and Finance (not necessarily in that order). This strategic planning process is on-going and more will be forthcoming.

The Association updated the board on the finances. They are in a good financial position, although revenues fell short of expectation and budget. The Association made many key cuts in expenses to compensate for the income shortfall. When the board approved the 2013 budget, we also approved a 5-year financial plan. This type of planning and projecting is a great way to get the finances and the strategic plan all working toward the same goal.

The Association is very proud of the work that they did on the recently unveiled website. I know that I have found it to be much more user friendly and much better with the search function. It is easier to read and navigate. Along with that, the Association is looking to standardize logos, etc. They wish to do a complete BRAND REFRESH. AWWA wishes to make itself easier to identify.

Under Leadership and Advocacy, the Association has started bi-weekly emailing of the "Water Utility Insider” to all utility members. I received my first copy last Friday morning. There is lots of information to keep utilities up-to-date on all the happenings in the Legislature. Tom Curtis of the DC office noted at the board meeting that 2012 was a pretty quiet year, but he feels that things are going to be moving a lot faster in 2013. IEPA will be looking to regulate chlorate, strontium, nitrosamines (could be a problem for those who use chloramines), and perchlorate. In addition, revisions to the Lead and Copper Rule and implementation for the Total Coliform Rule could all happen in 2013. And, also, a reminder that the "lead free” act goes into effect January 4, 2014. You have one year to use up any inventory of parts containing lead. There will be no grandfathering due to excessive inventory.

I am looking forward to Springfield and WATERCON in March. It’s just around the corner. It’s going to be another great conference. Mr. Reid Campbell, AWWA VP from Halifax Water, will be our guest this year. We will show Reid how Illinois does a conference!!



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