Young Professionals Committee
Cameron Jones, Young Professionals
As the air outside begins to cool and the leaves start to change, it is clear that fall has arrived. Fall brings with it not just my favorite season of the year, but also the end of a great transition in my life from University to the Professional World. It has been an exciting and challenging time that I look to use to continually move forward. I have also transitioned roles in the Young Professionals Committee from a student representative member to the Junior Trustee for District 3. Our plan is for the Junior Trustee position to make the YP Committee not just a Chicagoland group, but to expand it across the State. I look to have events and tours in the District 3 area in the coming year. If anyone is interested in helping as a Junior Trustee for one of the districts or would like to help me in District 3, please contact us. The more people involved, the more we can do and the better it will be.
In the September issue of Splash YP Committee Chair Brian Kooistra mentioned the planning of the Mega Tour, and I would like to report that it went off without a hitch. A group of 38 people attended the tours of some of the largest water/wastewater plants in the world. We visited "the District” (Metropolitan Water Reclamation District) at their Calumet Water Reclamation Plant; and we toured the Chicago Department of Water Management's Jardine Water Purification Plant.
Calumet Water Reclamation Plant began operation in 1922 and is the oldest of the seven wastewater treatment facilities within the metropolitan Chicago area. Calumet treats the wastewater from an area of approximately 300 square miles (parts of the City of Chicago and the southern suburbs) and serves a population of over a million people with a design average flow of 354 MGD. There is a TARP (Tunnel and Reservoir Plan) Pumping Station located adjacent to the treatment plant. Calumet will probably be one of the last plants in the area to not disinfect its effluent, which is discharged into the little Calumet that goes to the Cal-Sag (shipping canals). Much thanks to the staff at Calumet plant, and Lou Storino to from MWRD/IWEA, for helping us put the tour together.
Jardine Water Purification Plant has been in service since 1964 and is the largest conventional treatment plant in the world. It draws raw water from water intake cribs offshore in Lake Michigan and sends nearly one billion gallons of safe, reliable water each day to consumers in the north and central portions of the City and suburbs. Commissioner Powers addressed our group to explain some of the Water Department initiatives like MeterSave (a program to get Chicago's homeowners on a meter and a move to AMR) , and capital projects like increases in the replacement of water mains in the distribution system (they hope to do 70 miles of main this year). Thanks to Andrea Putz (YP Committee member, District 2 Trustee, and City of Chicago employee) for helping set up the tour at Jardine. The event was well received with 38 registrations and a good turnout of students from IIT.
The paintball grudge match that was mentioned in the previous Splash is put on hold at this time due to injury and scheduling, but is on the agenda for the future.