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Illinois Section AWWA - E-Splash -  January 2013

Ted Meckes
District 3 Trustee


The Midwestern winter has again been mild thus far; but we can be sure the cold is on its way. To get myself through the cold dark days of winter, I set my sights on positive things that I can look forward to . . . things like warm weather, rain so our lake fills up (this one I am hoping for more so than years past), and Watercon.

Watercon is scheduled for March 18- 21, 2013, and will be here before we know it. It looks like another great conference, with technical sessions for all; small systems, operators, engineers, laboratory, and managers, as well as numerous vendor booths exhibiting new products. What more could we ask for as professionals - one stop shopping; one place where we can learn, talk with sales representatives of all sorts, see old colleagues and friends; and, most importantly, meet new colleagues and friends. In a few days many of your plant or distribution problems can be solved by talking with a vendor or sitting in on a technical session or discussing these issues at the meet and greet over a cold one.

As I have said many times in the past, we are lucky to be in an industry where we can help each other without the fear of losing our customers. Last year I talked about meeting at least 3 new people at this conference. I hope many of you took my advice; and, for those of you that did, I bet you enjoyed meeting new friends and have benefited from the idea. I have noticed that our industry has many new young faces. Maybe it is that I am getting older . . . I doubt that is it, but nevertheless the industry has become younger over the past few years. So I ask older attendees to find a young member, introduce yourself, and pass on some knowledge and, most likely, gain some knowledge from the younger folks. The ISAWWA staff promotes the young professional group very well; in fact they throw some good parties.

As an outgoing Trustee, I would like to thank the ISAWWA staff for their hard work and compliment them for the outstanding job they perform. As a plant manager I saw the need for proper training for both operators and engineers. ISAWWA provides this training at affordable prices, sometimes free at your desk. Training is the key to a successful organization. If the employees aren’t properly trained how can you expect them to perform up to your expectations? ISAWWA is a leader in training. I have been to many training classes organized by ISAWWA staff, and each time I am pleased with the class and the amount of attendees. In fact, many of the classes that I attend are located at the City Water, Light & Power training complex, which is very convenient for me. I see attendees from all over central Illinois, which shows the need for good training classes as well as the dedication of our industry. If you would like to host a training class or have a topic you feel worthwhile for others, please contact the ISAWWA staff. Again, I want to thank the ISAWWA staff for their hard work. I have truly learned much being a Illinois Section Trustee, and I highly recommend the experience to all water professionals.

See you all at the conference in March.

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