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Illinois Section AWWA - E-Splash -  November 2013

 


Chair-Elect Report

Theresa O'Grady

Where did 2013 go? We are now in the last quarter of the year and WATERCON14 is less than 6 months away! The time has gone by quickly because there is so much going on!

First, I had the opportunity to participate in the 2013 AWWA Summer Workshop in July in Denver, Colorado. The Summer Workshop brings together Section Staff and volunteers from all over the country to collaborate to make the Association (AWWA) better and to share ideas that can be implemented at the Section (ISAWWA) level. I met Section representatives from Canada, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Texas, Arizona, and Wisconsin, as well as Association staff from the Denver office. The most interesting part was talking to other sections about things they are doing and realizing that Illinois Section is on the leading edge with the benefits and opportunities being offered to the members.

Second, AWWA held the 2013 Distribution System Symposium and Emergency Preparedness Conference in Itasca in September. It was the first time that I had the opportunity to attend this national conference. The conference started on a good note with an interesting, entertaining and informative opening session by Tom Powers (and Barrett Murphy) from the Chicago Department of Water Management. The Great Lakes Cup Tapping Competition was held on Monday night of the conference. Both men’s and women’s tapping teams competed. Thank you to all the volunteers from ISAWWA who helped throughout the conference.

Third, the Fall Visitation Day is being held in Litchfield Illinois. I am looking forward to attending the golf outing on October 10th and the tour of the new lime softening and microfiltration water treatment plant on October 11th. Since this publication will be issued after Visitation Day, hopefully all who were able to attend had a good time. Please consider hosting a Visitation Day at your facility in the future.

Finally, we are knee-deep in planning for WATERCON14. The WATERCON14 Technical Committee met a few weeks ago and selected the abstracts that will be presented at the conference. Just a note to the presenters, the schedule for completion and upload of you presentation is January 15, 2014 which is earlier than in years past. Please get your presentations in on time. Start now so that the deadline does not creep up on you after the holidays!

One last thought - ISAWWA cannot thrive without volunteers. If you currently volunteer, whether it is on a committee, presenting at WATERCON or in any other capacity, thank you! If do not currently volunteer, please consider volunteering. A listing of current committees can be found on the ISAWWA website at www.isawwa.org. If you have any questions about how to get involved, please feel free to contact me: 630-820-1022 or togrady@cmtengr.com.


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