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Illinois Section AWWA - E-Splash - February 2014



2014 AWARDS
Illinois Section AWWA
National AWWA

RECOGNIZE YOUR COLLEAGUES!!!
SEND IN YOUR RECOMMENDATIONS NOW!!!

Time is running out and we need your help!

Each year, the Illinois Section of the AWWA rewards individuals that have excelled in the industry, and this year is no different. As budgets are tightened and staff is reduced we are all being asked to do more with less. Historically operators have been called upon to be a jack-of-all-trades and use their various talents to perform miracles while providing clean, safe, water to their customers.

In these trying times it is more important than ever to honor our fellow colleagues that are deserving of recognition for their services. Do you know someone that deserves more than just a hardy handshake and a pat on the back? Has one of your co-workers come up with a new idea that allows your organization to run more efficiently, have they worked around the clock to insure the integrity of your water system, do you know anyone that has spent their career helping other co-worker advance in their quest to be better water professionals. These are just a few of the many reasons to nominate a fellow colleague for one of the Sections awards.

Your help is needed!!!!

Please, take a look around at your coworkers and associates that you believe have made a difference in our industry and nominate them. Following is a brief list available awards. For more information on specific criteria and nomination procedures for each award check the www.isawwa.org website or contact:

Laurie Dougherty, Executive Director
545 S. St Charles, IL 60174
Phone: 866-521-3595 email: laurie@isawwa.org

New Awards for this Year

Utility Water Saver Award

The Water Efficiency Committee is looking for the best and brightest innovations, programs and ideas to conserve and protect our most precious resource – water. Each year, the Water Efficiency Committee will honor one lucky ISAWWA member affiliated utility that is making a significant contribution to water efficiency within the industry.

This Water Saver Award will be presented each year at WATERCON. The winning utility will receive a free conference registration and will be formally presented with the award. The utility will also have the opportunity to showcase their award-winning program at the conference.

Is your utility a leader in water efficiency? Do you know about a utility that has been running a great water efficiency program?

Nominations are accepted online until January 31, 2014

SOURCE WATER PROTECTION AWARD

ISAWWA Source Water Protection Committee has an opportunity to show case the work your utility is doing in Source Water Protection. Modeled after the AWWA Exemplary Source Water Protection Award we will be accepting entry forms until January 31, 2014.

The submissions will be reviewed using the AWWA Standard for Source Water Protection (ANSI/AWWA G300-07) Depending on submissions we will be awarding a small, medium and large system award. These awards will be presented at WATERCON14.

The winning utility will receive a free conference registration and will be formally presented with the award.

Nominations are accepted online until January 31, 2014

ILLINOIS SECTION AWARDS

JOINT ISAWWA-IEPA ILLINOIS WATERWORKS QUARTER SERVICE AWARD - 25 Year Award

Each year the Illinois Section AWWA and IEPA jointly present Quarter Century Service Awards to individuals who have served in the water supply industry (in any capacity) for 25 years or more. You do not have to be a member of the Illinois Section to receive this award. While it is easy to recognize and honor individuals in the industry who have played leading roles, we do not honor often enough those individuals who have provided service for years in the daily operations of our industry. This award recognizes that all facets of the water supply operation play an important role - secretarial staff, budget personnel, electricians, plumbers, pipe fitters, operators, laboratory staff, maintenance personnel, management and regulatory personnel. An electronic photo shall be submitted via email to Laurie@isawwa.org. Photos can be either current and/or 25 years old.


AWWA 100 YEAR CLUB AWARD

This award is presented to municipalities who have operated a public water supply for 100 years. While records for the start date of municipal water supplies are kept by the IEPA and the Illinois Water Survey, it is possible that these records are not complete. If your supply has not been notified of this recognition by January 1, 2012, please send a letter outlining the history of the supply establishment plus copies of any available supporting documentation to Laurie@isawwa.org or fax to 866-521-3591.

ISAWWA CLIFFORD E. FORE DISTINGUISHED SERVICE OPERATOR OF THE YEAR AWARD

This award is presented to Section members who provide public service above and beyond the job duties required of them in the waterworks field. Criteria for the award includes recognition of a contribution to advance the state-of-the-art in the waterworks industry (such as a new invention – either equipment or process innovation, the publishing of books or educational materials), professional association, participation or officer-committee chair participation, etc. Nominations should be sent in letter format, naming the nominee and supplying address and employment information. A complete description of the reasons for nominating the individual should also be included and any supporting materials or documentation available should be enclosed. Nominations should be faxed to 866-521-3591.

OPERATOR’S MERITORIOUS SERVICE AWARD

Presented in recognition of special performance. Section members eligible to receive this award should be operators who are presently, or during the time period of the meritorious activities, working in the capacity of shift supervisors or superintendents. Special performance must be recognized in one or more of the following areas: continuous compliance with public health standards in finished water; consistent and outstanding contribution to plant maintenance thereby prolonging the useful lives of equipment; development of new and/or modified equipment or significant process modifications to provide for a more efficient or effective treatment; special efforts in the training of treatment plant operators; special acts not directly related to water treatment, but which demonstrate dedication to the public beyond the normal operating responsibilities; or consistent and outstanding contribution to operation and/or maintenance of distribution lines, pump stations, and/or reservoirs.
Submit the Nomination Form provided along with supporting data concerning the meritorious service performed by the nominee.

VOLUNTEER APPRECIATION AWARD

This award recognizes section members that have demonstrated outstanding service in helping the Illinois Section AWWA achieve their goals. This award is limited to non-board members. Outstanding service includes time commitments, new ideas and effort to improve any aspect of the Section including membership, image, organization, etc. Include a letter or paragraph describing the outstanding service the nominee has provided to the ISAWWA and electronic photo. Submit to laurie@isawwa.org or fax to 866-521-3591.

WATER PROFESSIONAL OF THE YEAR AWARD

This award is presented to a professional in the water industry (engineer, lab analyst, designer, representative, educator, etc.) that has demonstrated dedication and has motivated others to pursue a career in the water industry, and is selected from nominations by Section Members. Include a letter or paragraph describing the outstanding service the nominee has provided to the ISAWWA and electronic photo. Submit to laurie@isawwa.org or fax to 866-521-3591.

YOUNG PROFESSIONAL EXCELLENCE AWARD

This award recognizes the outstanding YP of each year based on participation, outreach, and giving more than required to improve the committee or the water profession, and is nominated by Section Members. Include a letter or paragraph describing the outstanding service the nominee has provided to the ISAWWA and electronic photo. Submit to laurie@isawwa.org or fax to 866-521-3591.


E.D.U.C.A.T.E.

This award recognizes the outstanding educator of the year. This award is given to an individual that has shown excellence in teaching, mentoring, or developing educational program for the water industry. This individual has shown dedication and motivated others to seek advancement in their careers while broadening their knowledge, involvement, and leadership in the water industry. Include a letter or paragraph describing the outstanding service the nominee has provided to the ISAWWA and electronic photo. Submit to laurie@isawwa.org or fax to 866-521-3591.


AWWA NATIONAL AWARDS

There are many awards available from AWWA. The following is a brief selection of some of the awards you may apply for. For the complete listing, visit AWWA’s website at http://www.awwa.org/about/oandc/awards/AWARDDES.cfm

AWWA AMERICAN WATER LANDMARKS

To recognize and preserve an American, Canadian, or Mexican Water Landmark at least 50 years old that has had a direct and significant relationship with water’s supply, treatment, distribution, or technological development. It should be of a permanent and nonexpendable nature, be recognized within its own community or region as a popular, valued, or historically significant property, and has been and will be maintained in a manner appropriate of landmark status.


A proposed water landmark must be considered and approved by the AWWA section in which it is located. Provide written background about the proposed water landmark, plus photos, drawings, or plans that illustrate its worthiness. Generally, think what it might take to persuade you of its appropriateness. The entry form and supporting material shall be submitted to the section Executive Director for forwarding to the section committee charged with determining whether or not the proposed landmark meets the eligibility requirements.

HEROISM AWARD

This award constitutes official recognition of an act of heroism on the part of an employee(s) in the water utility industry wherein the rescuer must have placed himself/herself at great personal risk while aiding some other person or persons. The rescue can be either on or off the job but must have been performed within the past 12 months and have involved saving another person or persons life or extreme injury and the risk of his/her life in the process. AWWA membership is not a requirement for eligibility. Nomination form can be found on AWWA website at http://www.awwa.org/about/oandc/awards/AWARDDES.cfm#P572_59678

GIMMICKS & GADGETS COMPETITION

An entry should be a novel and relatively simple mechanical device or procedure designed to provide a more efficient, safer, and/or simplified means of performing routine tasks or functions in the maintenance, operation, or construction of a water utility system. Entries are mailed directly to the editor of OpFlow and typically consist of a photo or drawing and a written description. For further information and nomination forms go to http://www.awwa.org/about/oandc/awards/AWARDDES.cfm#P545_57563


OUTSTANDING SERVICE TO AWWA

To recognize individuals, groups, or organizations who may be members or non-members of AWWA and have made significant contributions to the water profession for at least 10 years. A narrative of no more than one page must be submitted to the Executive Director at least 60 days prior to the presentation of the award. http://www.awwa.org/about/oandc/awards/AWARDDES.cfm#P1131_80250

SAFETY AWARD

The awards, established in honor of Wendell R. LaDue, is presented to recognize distinguished safety programs by water utilities. The form for submission can be found on the AWWA website at http://www.awwa.org/about/oandc/awards/AWARDDES.cfm#P1275_92927

KENNETH J. MILLER WATER FOR PEOPLE AWARD

To recognize volunteers for their outstanding service and leadership in the advancement of the Water For People mission. Nomination form can be found at http://www.awwa.org/about/oandc/awards/AWARDDES.cfm#P1513_112921

COURAGEOUS SERVICE AWARD

This award shall constitute official recognition of an act of courage on the part of an individual or group in the water utility profession. Nomination form can be found at

http://www.awwa.org/Membership/awards.cfm?ItemNumber=42998

Illinois Section AWWA Awards Nomination Form

Please fill out all of the information below and fax to 866-521-3591 by February 1, 2014.

All ISAWWA award are formally presented at the Illinois Section AWWA Annual conference in March.

Make additional copies of this form as needed:

Contact Information (person submitting nomination form):

Name:_____________________________________________________________
Company:__________________________________________________________

Address:___________________________________________________________

City/State/Zip:________________________________________________________

Phone:_____________________________________________________________

Fax:_______________________________________________________________

Email:_____________________________________________________________

Nominee Information (person being nominated):

Name:_____________________________________________________________
Company:__________________________________________________________

Address:___________________________________________________________

City/State/Zip:________________________________________________________

Phone:_____________________________________________________________

Fax:_______________________________________________________________

Email:_____________________________________________________________

Please check which award(s) the nominee should receive:

____ Quarter Service Award – 25 years of service to the Water Industry – include electronic photo.
____ 100 Year Club Award – include electronic photos of utility.
____ ISAWWA Clifford E. Fore Operator of the Year Award – include letter of recommendation and photo.

____ Meritorious Service Award – include letter of supporting information of meritorious service performed.

____ Volunteer Appreciation Award* – include letter of recommendation for award and electronic photo.

____ Water Professional of the Year Award* – include letter of recommendation and electronic photo.

____ YP Excellence Award* – include letter of recommendation and electronic photo.

Please email any required electronic photos to laurie@isawwa.org

Fax this form to: Illinois Section AWWA - toll free 866-521-3591

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