Preparations are in full swing for WATERCON 2013. The Technical Program Committee met last week to select abstracts for the Technical Program. It was a hectic 5 hours, but we left with a preliminary line-up for the technical program. It was the first time I went through the process; and, while it is a little overwhelming at first, everything seemed to come together. We appreciate the efforts of everyone who submitted an abstract. There would not be a Technical Program without the speakers volunteering their time to develop the presentation and then to present it. There is a lot more planning still left to do for WATERCON 2013, and there are still many opportunities available to get involved. If you will be attending the conference and would like to volunteer at the conference, you can contact ISAWWA staff.
Now that the weather is starting to worsen, it might be a good time to get caught up on operator contact hour and professional development hours. There are several upcoming in-person training sessions available as well as webinars. Check out the website, http://www.isawwa.org/, under the Training tab on the left hand side of the screen for information on upcoming training. Don't forget that webinars (live and archived) are free for AWWA members. This is one of many benefits of being an AWWA member.
The new website has been online for almost a year and we are always looking for ways to make it more useful for ISAWWA members. If you have any ideas or suggestions for ways of improving the site, be sure to contact ISAWWA staff. As noted prominently at the top of the website home page, ISAWWA strives to be the authoritative resource in the State dedicated to Safe DRINKING Water. If there are any issues related to drinking water in the State that come across your desk, please share the information with ISAWWA staff so that it can be shared with all ISAWWA members.
Finally, ISAWWA cannot thrive without volunteers. If you currently volunteer, whether it is on a committee, presenting at a seminar, or in any other capacity, thank you! If do not currently volunteer, please consider volunteering. Whether you are new in your career or on the verge of retiring, it is never too late to get involved. You can check out the website, http://www.isawwa.org/, contact me or contact ISAWWA staff to find out how you can get involved in ISAWWA.
Theresa O'Grady, CMT