OK, so last year, we didn’t have winter and then we
had an early spring and no rain. At the
time, that sounded nice. Get outside and
enjoy!! Oh what bad things were coming
our way that we didn’t know.
Now, this year, already we’ve had more rain in a
month than we know what to do with; and, for those of us that have municipal
responsibilities over and above providing drinking water, we have had an
interesting spring. I wonder what the
summer will bring. Hopefully everything
settles down and we have a "normal” mixture of moisture and temperatures.
WATERCON2013 is now a memory. What a fantastic conference. I KNOW that every year I say, "I just can’t
believe that it could get any better, run more smoothly or have more stuff
jammed in”. Then the next year we exceed
all expectations, AGAIN! It was a great
conference and having a joint ISAWWA and IWEA conference makes sense – one stop
shopping for those folks that wear two hats and for the exhibitors who only
have to be at one place. Over 1600
attendees is a remarkable milestone. Kudos
to Laurie, Lisa and Sandi for making the conference appear to go seamlessly. I, for one, know how hard they work for weeks
so that we all have a great experience.
I also wish to thank all the committee members who
helped make WATERCON the success that it was. And not only for their
participation at WATERCON, but the participation throughout the year that makes
our Section as wonderful as it is.
For my part as the ISAWWA Director at WATERCON, I
was the official host for the visiting dignitary from AWWA. We were proud to have Reid Campbell, AWWA
Vice President from the Atlantic Canada Section as our distinguished
guest. Reid is the General Manager at
Halifax Water in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Reid
had heard good things about Illinois Section and couldn’t wait to get
here. He participated in as many
committee meetings as he could and had a lot to share at each meeting. He
attended all the "social” events that we planned for him. And, he even participated in singing the "12
days of WATERCON” at the Board meeting Monday morning for a YouTube video
production. Reid was a good sport about
This year, instead of hosting the AWWA
representative and select guests for dinner, ISAWWA and AWWA decided to change
the format and we hosted the first ever – Significant Cities dinner. It was an opportunity for some large
utilities to get together and discuss challenges facing them at the local, as
well as national, levels. Great format,
The 3rd annual bike and breakfast, which
was much more organized this year with maps and breakfast arranged, etc.
(thanks to Kevin Wong and Jon Meyer) had to be canceled. It was only 18o on that Wednesday
morning. I knew it was going to be cold
and planned accordingly. As I was
packing up all my cold weather riding gear, my husband commented, "If you have
to dress with all that, maybe you shouldn’t be riding.” Well, he was right. But, we are going to try again next
year. Please plan to join us at Bike and
Breakfast during WATERCON 2014. It is a
way to burn off those "client dinner and drinks” calories. Oh, and the Sunday AFTER WATERCON,
Springfield got 18” of snow. We really
dodged a bullet there!
This year I hosted the first ever "Operator Challenge”. It was during one of the session track times
on Monday. It is like the Top Ops, only
there is no clock and no one is keeping score.
I plan to do it again next year.
So, to warm up for Top Ops, come to the Operator Challenge and brush up
on those operator questions.
Welcome to John Van Arsdel as our new Section
Chair. We will be in good hands with him
at the helm!