District 4 Trustee
Before we know it school will be starting. I'm not sure where the summer has gone! This summer has been very hot and the drought conditions have caused major problems for many areas. In southern Illinois, like throughout our State, we are seeing shallow wells drying up, bulk water restrictions, and farmers having a hard time feeding livestock due to the lack of rain. Even the water systems that do not have to worry about a shortage of water are pumping more than "normal”. They have been faced with other challenges such as meeting the pumping demands, taste and odor issues from algae by products, and mains breaking.
I continue to attend the Southwest Central Water Plant Operators Association (SWCWPOA) and Southern Illinois Water Operators Association (SIWOA) meetings. In May, SIWOA held their 78th Annual Spring Conference at Gibby's on the Green in Rend Lake. The IEPA provided regulation updates, water system reporting, and how volunteer lake monitoring data is collected and used. Other topics included filter cleaning management and endied with a tour of Rend Lake. In June, the SWCWPOA group had their annual picnic at Flo-Systems in Troy. Both meetings were well attended, giving an excellent opportunity to network with fellow water operators.
On August 30, I will be giving the Basic Hands On Water Quality Testing class at American Water Laboratory in Belleville. If you would like to attend, go to our ISAWWA website and sign up.
I would like to give a big THANK YOU to all my fellow water operators and professionals for providing folks with great water (our most precious resource) while being faced with severe challenges this year such as drought, main breaks, infrastructure, excess demand, algae problems, to name a few.
After you finish looking through this issue of SPLASH, pass it on to others and let them know what a great opportunity joining ISAWWA is. The training alone is awesome! Even with a busy schedule, you have plenty of opportunities to attend webinars online, or even home study. So visit our website at http://www.isawwa.org/ and check out the Latest News and Calendar to keep up-to-date on what is happening in the water world!