District 4 Trustee
did the summer go? It seems like we just
set our clocks ahead an hour and pretty soon we will be setting them back an
hour! It is strange how time flies as
you get older!
Visitation Day was held October 10 & 11, 2013 at Litchfield Water Treatment
Plant! I was excited to have Visitation
Day in my District. Litchfield is a 4
MGD surface water treatment facility that delivers water to the city and four
satellite supplies and is operated by Superintendent Ray Weller. The plant has a unique split filtration
system which uses GAC/sand filters and microfiltration membrane filters. The new plant and dam project was completed
within budget. It is very impressive to
September the Illinois Potable Water Supply Operators Association (IPWSOA) &
IEPA held their 82nd Annual Conference in Springfield with 800 in
year’s Operators of the Year were:
- Surface Water - Alan Stark, City of Chicago
Department of Water Management
- Groundwater - Christopher Lemke, Village of
- Distribution - Gary Hallaert, Village of
- Surface Water – Jason Weber, City of Salem &
Don Jensen, City of Highland Park
- Groundwater – Joel Summerhill, Town of Cortland
& Dan Swanson, City of Batavia
- Distribution – Curt Mezo, Murdale Public Water
District & Joe Spain, Village of Norridge
to all the above nominees as well as all operators for their outstanding work
in consistently supplying safe drinking water on a daily basis to consumers, as
well as their contributions to the industry!
Without all of your hard work and dedication, Illinois wouldn’t have the
is one of our most precious resources, but is usually taken for granted by most
users! This is why it is important to
educate our youth, who in turn educate their parents. The United States
Geological Survey estimates that we lose 1.7 trillion gallons of treated water
every year from breaks and leaks in water systems. Reliable water infrastructure is critical for
us, as well as for future generations!
Even though we are in the business of selling water, we are also promoters
of using water wisely. Educating our
customers by giving examples of how to conserve water is key to our
future. Some examples may include planting
native plants, grasses, and trees, using rain barrels for watering your plants,
checking for household leaks, disposing of unused medicines properly so they
don’t get back into our water supply, and using low flow devices all encourage us
to do our part.
Illinois Water Operators Association will be holding their 26th
Annual Fall Conference at the Giant City Lodge in Makanda on Wednesday evening
Oct 23 and Thursday Oct 24, 2013. Topics
include IEPA Regulatory, Electronic CCRs, Operator Certification, Economics of
Fracking, CPR, Renewed Oil Development, Chlorine Dioxide, Operator Math, Algae
Blooms, Water Quality & Businesses, Ultrasonic Metering, and Solar SCADA. If interested, contact Roger Noe at email@example.com. Visit their website: www.siwoa.com!
Central Water Plant Operators Association will be holding their October Meeting
at the Wood River Moose Lodge on Thursday, October 17, 2013. Topics include Chlorine Safety, Well Failure
and Pump Repair, and Electric Savings.
If interested, contact Patti Schaake at firstname.lastname@example.org.
our website at www.isawwa.org to 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…