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E-Splash February 2014 - District 4 Trustee
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Illinois Section AWWA - E-Splash -  February 2014

 


Lori Stenzel
District 4 Trustee

Another 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 water industry.

Last 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.

I 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…

"This 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 powerful year!

"The 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.

"On 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.

"Fill 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.

"Drink 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.

"As 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 personal sovereignty.

"Make a difference this year in your life and in your part of the world.” Cherokee Billie's Blog

With 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.

Visit 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!

Until next time…

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