Illinois Section AWWA - E-Splash - June 2013
Water Distribution Committee
Owen Keenan, Chair
Our Water Distribution Committee members continue to be
active, involved and imaginative for the Illinois Section. I am very fortunate
to be the Chair of a great group of dedicated water professionals who also like
to have fun.
2013 WATERCON Conference
Many of our Committee members attended, presented, competed
and volunteered their time at the WATERCON conference. Like last year, the "Bozo”
game was at the Water Distribution Committee booth. There were prizes for the
contestant who could put a bean bag or two into the pipes. After all, everyone likes
to play bean bags. I want to thank all the Committee members who donated their
time to man the booth as well as all the vendors who donated prizes.
There was something new at our booth this year. As described
in the previous SPLASH issue, our Committee sponsored a Water Tower Photo
Contest and the top twelve vote getters earned a place on the first Water
Distribution Committee calendar. All WATERCON attendees were given a ballot with
their registration package, and they casted their vote among 46 photo entries submitted
by water utilities throughout the Illinois Section that were displayed at our
The Village of Carpentersville was the top vote getter, and
the other eleven utilities that earned their place on our calendar were:
- City of Highland Park
- Village of Rosemont
- Calumet City
- Village of Lake Villa
- City of Metropolis
- Village of Romeoville
- Village of Oak Lawn
- City of Darien
- City of Batavia
- City of Wood River
- City of Blue Island
TANKS to all the
utilities that submitted a photo.
Also, I would like to acknowledge the gold and silver
sponsors that helped reduce the cost of our calendar:
- Tnemec – Multiple Gold
- Advanced Valve
Technologies, Inc. - Gold
- Associated Technical
Services Ltd. - Gold
- CP Solutions, Inc. – Gold
- Dixon Engineering, Inc. –
- Kamp/Synergy LLC – Gold
- ME Simpson Company, Inc. –
- Rempe-Sharpe &
Associates, Inc. – Gold
- Tank Industry Consultants
- Benton & Associates,
Inc. – Silver
- DN Tanks – Silver
- Robinson Engineering –
- SEH Design/Build, Inc. -
Annual Water Distribution Conference
Our Conference was held in Countryside, IL on April 23rd. I
have big news! This popular conference broke an attendance record! WE HAD TWO HUNDRED AND TWENTY THREE
ATTENDEES! UNBELIEVABLE! (Good thing Lisa ordered extra food.) All
attendees received a copy of our calendar, as well as valuable CEU credit
The presentations were excellent, and I would like to acknowledge
the following presenters for making our technical program so successful:
Hanson, Ductile Iron Pipe Research Association
Sever, Benton and Associates
Nettrour, American Water Works Service Company
Putz, Chicago Department of Water Management
Gilson, AY McDonald Manufacturing Company
Moore, Utility Service Company
McKaigue, FER-PAL Construction LLC
Hively, Tideflex Technologies
Van Wy, JULIE, Inc.
Also, I would like to acknowledge all the exhibitors who
contributed to the conference’s success:
- American Flow Control
- Associated Technical Services Ltd.
- AY McDonald Manufacturing Company
- Dixon Engineering
- Dorner Company
- FER-PAL Construction LLC
- Fischer Harris & Associates
- Heil 20
- Illinois Section AWWA Membership
- Lee Jensen Sales Company, Inc.
- M.E. Simpson Company, Inc.
- Midwest Water Group
- Pure Technologies US, Inc.
- RJN Group, Inc.
- RMS Utility Services
- Sensus USA
- Tideflex Technologies
- Utility Service Company, Inc.
- Ziebell Water Products
I am very appreciative of all the time and effort that our
Committee members give to our various Committee activities throughout the year.
TANKS to all!
I am also very appreciative for all the help from my
Vice-Chair Scott Bernholdt. TANKS Scott!
Last but not least, I am very appreciative and very fortunate
to have the help of Lisa Hoffhines. She is so organized that she makes
everything look easy, and she is the big reason why we broke the attendance
record this year. I’m sure that I speak for
everyone on our Committee by wishing Lisa and her husband Casey best wishes and
prayers for a happy and healthy baby along with some advice … get your rest
now. TANKS Lisa!
Best wishes to all ISAWWA members and their families for a
happy and safe summer.