District 4 Trustee
successful year at the Annual ISTA/ISEC Teachers Conference in Tinley Park in
October. I truly believe that teachers
are our best resource to get the message of conservation to everyone concerning
our most precious resource, water!
Students are very creative and have a thirst for knowledge…why not tap
into it. Our YP Committee and ERTC are also
good resources and opportunities to bring students (young and old) into the
year at this time we were in a full blown taste and odor crisis along the
Mississippi River. Thankfully, we haven’t
repeated it this year. With monthly
monitoring and daily TON (Threshold Odor Numbers) we were hoping to see pattern. With many variables - river levels,
temperatures, organics in the water - we couldn’t really pinpoint a definite
pattern. Even though river levels are
low, the main difference is that the waters temperature is about ten degrees
colder. Also, performing the TON testing
each shift, as long as you have operators with a good sense of smell, will give
you an edge before it is passed onto the customers. According to the EPA Environmental Dictionary,
TON is the minimum odor of a water or air sample that can be detected after
successive dilutions with odorless water. Threshold Odor Numbers are whole
numbers that indicate how many dilutions it takes to produce odor-free water, as
described in Standard Methods for the Examination of Water and Wastewater. This is an easy test that gives you a heads
up to put the carbon on so that the problem is prevented before entering the
distribution system. Communication with upstream
water supplies helps you to prepare for what is coming your way.
found the following story about how special New Year’s Day is, because the day
starts with a new moon. Enjoy and see
how water plays an important role…
New Year’s is a special one…2014 begins when the clock strikes midnight on
January 01, 2014. NOW is a great time to make sure you have all your ‘T’s”
crossed and "I’s” dotted to make 2014 your best year ever. January 1 – New
Moon. A perfect beginning for Year of the ‘New Earth’. The New Moon of January
1, 2014 will be directly between the Earth and the Sun and will not be visible
from Earth, yet the energy will pervade the entire planet. New moons are the
optimal time to begin new projects, a rising (waxing) moon gains energy, adds
energy to endeavors. A beginning to a
New Year begins synchronously with a new moon phase. This is perfect timing to
set New Year’s resolutions or simply create a plan for the month. It is
important to pull our energy inward, to be the brightest lights we can, to show
the greatest love we can. We hope the light we shine will catch others alight.
the evening of the New Moon beginning on January 1, 2014, and continuing on
each New Moon through December 22, 2014, fill a glass with pure clean water.
Hold your filled glass and take a moment to stand before any sacred space that
you have set up or is special to you and breathe into your center – that deep
internal place that is the source of your intent and where all change is
possible. Internalize the knowing that All Water is One Water, with the power
to cleanse and purify, to wash away the dust of all that was. Know that water
always seeks to flow and in so doing erodes away all the blocks and obstacles
that hinder its progress.
yourself with all the thoughts of change that help this world to be better in
all ways. Bring up all the ways that you can help to foster and create that
change, not only within but also in your daily life to the world around you.
Allow those intentions and energy to flow into the water that you hold. Add to its power by singing, drumming or
raising energy in your own unique way. Allow your energy to infuse the
remaining water within your glass while deeply knowing that all water is
connected. Remember that all water is one water, and that the water of our
bodies is the same as the sea and the rain and the river. The energy of water
flows and returns to you like a great tide, the waves of true and undeniable
change that begins with your own personal divine source.
some of the water in your glass and allow the energy to infuse all parts of
your inner self, knowing that you’re raising your vibration to a higher level.
this year goes by and you find the need to do something important, to hold for
the greater good, to take a stand, or to feel empowered in your truth, remember
the power of the water within you. The water in our blood and in our bodies is
connected to all the waters of the world in ways that are compassionate,
empowering, creative and ever flowing. It always finds or creates the right and
correct path as it makes its way, as it flows from the places of old to the
places of new with truth, conscience, responsible action, self empowerment, and
difference this year in your life and in your part of the world.” Cherokee Billie's Blog
the above story…what a perfect opportunity to sponsor a student with an ISAWWA
membership. Giving a student exposure to
our organization and industry could make the difference to them making a career
in drinking water.
our website at www.isawwa.org and check
out the Latest News and Calendar to keep up to date on available training
classes, seminars, webinars, and what is happening in the water world!