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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!!