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Generally communities have various best practices for water main abandonment. However, does your community have specific water main abandonment regulations? If so, can you summarize the regulation?

 

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Head of Milwaukee Water Utility Leaves as City Grapples with Lead PipesOpen in a New Window

Head of Milwaukee Water Utility Leaves as City Grapples with Lead Pipes

 

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How can we assist schools and child care facilities in addressing lead in drinking water?Open in a New Window

Don't miss out on the Round Table Event - Monday at WATERCON.  It is an important conversation to have.  It will be held in the Sapphire Room and followed by a lunch. 

While public water supplies have been actively managing and monitoring to control corrosivity and reduce the potential to leach lead from plumbing under the Lead and Copper Rule (LCR), recent events suggest that additional attention is appropriate for some school and child care facilities.  On January 16, 2017  Governor Rauner signed legislation making Illinois school and child care administrators are responsible for limiting lead exposure in their facilities, but water suppliers may be in a position to provide valuable assistance.  This session will review the new law and discuss how Illinois public water suppliers can communicate effectively about lead in drinking water, present the utility’s actions related to this issue, and assist school and day care administrators in assuring that the right measures are taken to protect public health. 

Roundtable Discussion Topics:

  • How can utility affirm commitment to public health? (i.e. initiate outreach via letter, meeting etc).
  • How can utility best demonstrate actions that have been taken to reduce lead at the tap in the community? (i.e. describe program to optimize corrosion control, monitoring program, compliance records, pertinent data)
  • What assistance can utility provide to assist schools and child care facilities?  (i.e. education, sampling plans, sampling, lab services)
  • What opportunities are there for collaboration? (I.e. reviewing results and possible control measures)

 

The Future is HereOpen in a New Window

Featured Presentations at WATERCON 

 

We think about the future of the water industry and where our next generation of professionals will come from.  I encourage you to come to the Illinois Junior Science Fair presentations at WATERCON.  They are Wednesday am in Capitol 2.  Here are the abstracts from the presenters.   


8th Grade Student - This experiment determined what kind of colored paper will be most effective in the desalination of salt water. For this experiment, I constructed two desalination devices; one with black paper and one with white. I then placed both devices in front of a heater for four hours. After four hours, I recorded the amount of salt left in the water and repeated the trial three times with both desalination devices. Based on the results of this experiment, I concluded that black paper was the most effective in desalinating salt water. This is because the color black absorbs heat, while white reflects it. My results explain that while white paper will remove salt, it will not be clean enough water to drink. Black paper will desalinate enough so that the water could become clean drinking water. This method of creating fresh drinking water is used in developing nations as a means of providing usable water. It is extremely necessary for places that do not have access to clean water.

Sophomore High School Student - The purpose of this experiment is to determine which plant works best in phytoremediation, or the use of plants as a filter to remove heavy metal ions from water or soil. Phytoremediation is an inexpensive method of filtering water. In less economically developed countries (LEDCs), filtering water is financially impossible due to the various expenses and safety measures required to use the necessary technologies to filter contaminated water. Especially in catastrophes such as oil spills and the current Flint, Michigan water crisis, determining which plant works most efficiently (in terms of removing the most heavy metal ions) is important. If a region opts to use phytoremediation for filtering contaminated water, knowing the most efficient water weed will enable one to filter their plants in a lesser amount of time and allow them to save money instead of buying water weeds that are not as efficient. This experiment is the same one that won an AWWA award last spring in May.

 

 

 

Calling All Utilities - Wendell R LaDue Utility Safety AwardOpen in a New Window

 Wendell R LaDue Utility Safety Award
The award, established in honor of Wendell R. LaDue, is presented to recognize distinguished water utility safety programs.

Wendell R. LaDue was born in Ohio in 1895 and graduated from the University of Southern California. After serving in the U.S. Navy, he began work in the Akron, Ohio, Water Department as a draftsman in 1919, and retired as Superintendent and Chief Engineer in 1961.

In fact, the largest reservoir in the upper Cuyahoga watershed in Ohio was named in his honor. A quick-spoken speaker, LaDue was highly regarded and sought after for his sense of humor, knowledge and insight. LaDue worked hard for the water industry, and in addition to serving as an AWWA President from 1946 to 1947, he was a committee member or chairman for various engineering societies and the National Safety Council.

Categories:  (I)--Utilities with fewer than 10 employees; (II)--10-100 employees; (III)--100-500 employees and (IV)--over 500 employees.

To nominate your utility to be considered for this award, fill out the nomination form and send to laurie@isawwa.org. 

Time is running out - entries must be submitted by February 14, 2017.

Questions?  Contact laurie@isawwa.org

 

District 1 Taste Test WinnerOpen in a New Window

The votes are counted!  The results are in!

 

On January 27th, graciously hosted by Willett, Hofmann and Associates, the annual District 1 Taste Competition was held at North Park Public Water in Machesney Park.  Five Utilities competed for title of "Best Tasting Water in District 1".  Samples were meticulously judged in a very close competition from:

City of Dekalb
City of Moline
City of Rockford
City of Rock Island
North Park Public Water District

And the Winner is:
City of Rockford!!

Judges (l to r): Dan Loos, Mike Long
& Corey Buck

 

Matt Hansen (Willett Hofmann) congratulates

2017 District 1 Champion Representatives
City of Rockford

 

Thanks to Crystal Draffkorn & North Park Public water for providing the 2017 venue and to Willett Hofmann for hosting.  Good Luck to Rockford as they now go on to face challengers at WATERCON2017, and possibly in Philadelphia in June.
Did you miss this year's competition?  Machesney Park will hold the 2018 competition on Friday, January 26, 2018.  For more information, and to register - http://www.isawwa.org/event/2018_District1TasteTest

 

Jobs listed this monthOpen in a New Window

January Jobs E-Newsletter
 
    American Water Work Association - Illinois Section
 
 
 

Employers, Include Your Open Positions on the next Jobs E-Newsletter!
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Below are some of the hundreds of exciting professional opportunities available on AWWA Illinois Section Career Center.

 
  

Water Operator
Round Lake Beach, Illinois
Round Lake Beach

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Maintenance Water Operator
Chicago, Near O'Hare Airport, Illinois
Northwest Suburban Municipal Joint Action Water Agency

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Wastewater Precontract Equipment Review Specialist
Aurora, Illinois
Walker Process Equipment

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Assistant Superintendent
Rochelle, Illinois
City of Rochelle

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USEPA accepting letters of interestOpen in a New Window

Utility Advisory

Who: U.S. EPA
What: Accepting Letters of Interest for WIFIA loans
When: Effective Jan. 10, 2017

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today announced that it is accepting Letters of Interest from water utilities and similar entities that may be candidates for low-cost loans under the Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act program. The announcement came via a notice in the Federal Register.

EPA announced two rounds for collecting such letters: Jan. 10 through April 10, and Aug. 1 through Sept. 29 if funds are available for a second round.

Congress provided seed money for WIFIA to begin making loans in budget legislation passed in December. The $17 million in seed money could result in more than $1 billion in loan funds and consequently, more than $2 billion in total water infrastructure investment. A Letter of Interest involves no cost and no commitment by the interested party. Letters are submitted by email to EPA. Submitting a letter begins a dialogue with EPA to assess whether the party should continue to the application stage. Agency WIFIA staff will invite final applications from prospective borrowers whose projects have been selected for that application process. Applicants will have 365 days to complete their applications once they are invited to apply.

The agency provides additional information, including a new program handbook, on its WIFIA website. It contains the form to be used for the Letter of Interest as well.

EPA will announce the amount of money available in the second round via the WIFIA website and a Federal Register notice. There is a signup form that can be filled out to receive further announcements about WIFIA.

AWWA and a host of other water and governmental associations worked to get WIFIA created in order to provide low-cost loans for larger water infrastructure projects. Interest rates will be at long-term U.S. Treasury rates and may be for 35 years, with payment beginning five years after substantial completion of a project. Projects must cost at least $20 million. However, for water systems serving fewer than 25,000 people, that threshold is $5 million. WIFIA finances 49 percent of a project’s costs.

 

Jobs 1-5-17Open in a New Window

January Jobs E-Newsletter
 
    American Water Work Association - Illinois Section
 
 

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Below are some of the hundreds of exciting professional opportunities available on AWWA Illinois Section Career Center.

 

Public Works Maintenance Worker
Highland Park, Illinois
City of Highland Park

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Take Your Operator Certification Exam at WATERCON2017Open in a New Window

WATERCON2017
IEPA offers Operator Certification Testing 
 
   

Again this year at WATERCON, the IEPA will proctor Operator Exams.  Class A/B, C/D and new this year, Wastewater Exams will all be offered on Wednesday, March 22, 2017 in the Illinois Room at the Crowne Plaza Hotel.

 

You must have IEPA Letter of Admission and a photo ID to take the exam at WATERCON2017.  Allow at least 30 days for the application process.  All fees must be sent to the IEPA in the form of a check or money order with the certification application and exam request.

 

Click Here to fill out the form to take your Operator Exam at WATERCON2017.

 

You do not have to be registered for the conference to take your exam; however, there will be "refresher" classes offered earlier in the day for all Certification classes and if you want to attend those, you must be registered for the conference.

 

Click Here  to register to attend WATERCON2017.

 

Webinar = Free Preparedness Resources for Water UtilitiesOpen in a New Window

As an ILWARN Signatory, you may find this webinar on emergency preparedness tools from USEPA useful.  Use the link below to register.

 

Josh Stewart, P.E.

ISAWWA ILWARN Chair

 

 

 

Prepare. Respond. Recover.

 

Webinar: Free Preparedness Resources for Water Utilities

 

 

SPONSORED BY U.S. EPA

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 9, 2016

1:00-2:00 PM EST

 

 

Water and Wastewater Utilities:

 

Learn about new resources that can support your utility in preparing for, responding to, and recovering from all types of emergencies during our November 9th Webinar from 1-2pm Eastern Time.

 

Training contact hours are available for water and wastewater operators in some states.

 

 

 

Tune in to learn about these preparedness tools:

 

 

Hazard Mitigation for Natural Disasters

 

Use EPA's new Hazard Mitigation Guide to identify cost-effective projects that will increase your utility's resilience to natural disasters.

 

 

Water Utility Response On-The-Go

 

The Response On-The-Go mobile website provides valuable emergency response resources - including local weather information, emergency contacts, and damage assessment forms - on your mobile device for use during an emergency.

 

 

Laboratory Support Resources

 

Water utilities and laboratories can prepare for contamination emergencies by connecting to a laboratory network. Hear about the Water Laboratory Alliance - a nationwide network of laboratories that serves the water sector.

 

 

Climate Resilience Evaluation and Awareness Tool (CREAT)

 

Discover how CREAT can help your utility understand the impacts of climate change, assess adaptation options, and conduct cost-benefit analyses of risk reduction strategies.

 

 

 

 

For more information on water resilience, visit epa.gov/waterresilience

Have questions or comments? Email us at WSD-Outreach@epa.gov

 

 

US EPA, Water Security Division, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave, Washington, DC 20460

 

 

 

New Jobs Posted This MonthOpen in a New Window

October Jobs E-Newsletter
    American Water Work Association - Illinois Section
 

Employers, Include Your Open Positions on the next Jobs E-Newsletter!
Learn More »

Below are some of the hundreds of exciting professional opportunities available on AWWA Illinois Section Career Center.

 

Sr. Water Plant Operator
North Aurora, Illinois
Village of North Aurora

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Assistant Water Superintendent
Dawson, Illinois
Village of Dawson, IL

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Water Treatment Plant Foreman
Rock Island, Illinois
Rock Island Integrated Services

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Municipal Services - Water Foreman
Darien, Illinois
City of Darien

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Area Manager
Area Manager
Aqua Illinois, Inc.

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Construction Coordinator
Kankakee, Illinois
Aqua Illinois, Inc.

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Water For PeopleOpen in a New Window

Celebrate International Day of the Girl

 

In 2011, the United Nations declared October 11 as the International Day of the Girl Child. Join theworld in dedicating this day in 2016 to Gender Equality.

 

It starts with water.

 

For most of us, the idea that water could keep us from going to school, doing our job, and providing for our families is a strange one - even impossible. But for millions of women and girls around the world, that scenario is a day-to-day reality.

Here at Water For People, we witness girls in developing countries at a disadvantage from the start - they are more likely to suffer health problems, more liable to miss school, and more likely to marry and bear children at an early age. Water For People is on a mission to end this inequality, and we know it starts with water.

 

 

Illinois Section JobsOpen in a New Window

June Jobs E-Newsletter
    American Water Work Association - Illinois Section
 

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Below are some of the hundreds of exciting professional opportunities available on AWWA Illinois Section Career Center.

 

Water and Sewer Superintendent
Batavia, Illinois
City of Batavia

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Lab Operator
Benton, Illinois
Rend Lake Intercity Water

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Water Quality Supervisor
Woodridge, Illinois
Illinois American Water Company

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Early Bird ends Feb 15th for WATERCONOpen in a New Window

Early Bird registration for WATERCON ends February 15th.   All registrations completed before February 15th will be mailed to the participants.  Registrations after Feb 15th need to be picked up at WATERCON.

 

Register today to save time and  money.  See the list of over 600 people who have already pre-registered.

 

New Question From A Member - Use of Vehicles for Emergency StandbyOpen in a New Window

New Benchmark survey available on Use of Utility Vehicles for Emergency Standby.  Complete the survey and the last page of the survey will share the results to date.


https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ISAWWA-Vehicles

 

Question from a member - Leak DetectionOpen in a New Window

A member is initiating a leak detection program on a system with the following parameters: oldest piping is 1940s; serves 30,000 population; 108 miles of mains; pipe material is asbestos cement, cast iron, ductile iron & pvc.

 

Complete the survey....

http://www.isawwa.org/surveys/?id=Leak_Detection_

 

Project Management Workshop - 4 Week Night ClassOpen in a New Window

NEW Training!!  Project Management Workshop (Buffalo Grove)  IEPA #9101
4 Week Night Class

This course is designed to provide managers with additional training and skills in project management. Over the past several decades, Project Management has emerged as a distinct profession and is found within many organizations in different industries. In this multi-session course, we'll learn and practice the skills and techniques required to execute projects effectively and efficiently. Topics will include each of the PMBOK Project Management Processes; Initiating, Planning, Executing, Monitoring (and Controlling) and Closing.  We'll also discuss what it takes to qualify for and take the Project Management Institute's PMP Exam.  Homework is required.

 

To Register:  www.isawwa.org/event/11-02-15

 

Mitch Berg - In MemoriamOpen in a New Window

MITCHELL W. BERG, 59 MACHESNEY PARK -
 
Mitchell W. Berg, 59 of Machesney Park passed away Wednesday, August 12, 2015, at his home, surrounded by loved ones. Born November 19, 1955, in Soudan, Minnesota to Russell and Theresa (Pavlich) Berg. Married Nancy Foor on July 8, 1978, in Rockford, IL. Mitch lived a life that was rich and full. He blessed so many with his wisdom, humor and love and the blessings were returned tenfold. Mitch was a devoted family man, proud and supportive of his wife and children. He loved to spend Saturdays with his granddaughter, Anna. A man of integrity, quiet wisdom and endless good humor, he always put the needs of others above his own. He was an avid golfer, enjoyed fishing and treasured time spent at Eagle's Nest Lake 3 with family and friends. Mitch was a loyal fan of the Chicago Cubs and Minnesota Vikings and tolerated the associated disappointments with customary grace. Mitch's lifelong work was in the water treatment industry and he was a mentor to many colleagues and customers. He was an independent business owner of Smith Ecological Systems for most of his career and also President of Woodlawn Utilities. He was a former officer of Elks Lodge 64. Survived by wife, Nancy; parents, Russell and Theresa (Pavlich) Berg; son, Benjamin (Rachel) Berg; daughter, Samantha Berg; sister, Michele (Berg) Cascarano; brother, Daniel (Catherine) Berg; granddaughter, Anna Marie; brothers-in-law, Stephen Foor and David (Kimberly) Foor; and sisters-in-law, Janis Foor and Susan (Patrick) Kelly; numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews and great-niece and nephews and dear friends. Predeceased by beloved mother-in-law and father-in-law, Lois and Bill Foor. A special thank you to hospice and the caring and skilled doctors and nurses at SwedishAmerican Hospital, especially nurse Nancy, who holds a special place in our hearts. Memorial Service 11 a.m. Tuesday, August 18, 2015, at Fitzgerald Funeral Home & Crematory, Riverside Chapel, 3910 N. Rockton Ave., Rockford, IL 61103. Visitation 5 to 8 p.m. Monday, August 17, 2015, at Fitzgerald Funeral Home. Visitation also from 10 to 10:45 a.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the family for an establishment to be named at a later date. Express online condolences at www.fitzgeraldfh.com.
Published in Rockford Register Star from Aug. 15 to Aug. 16, 2015 - For more details on Visitation and Services.

 

Green Codes and Grey Water SurveyOpen in a New Window

The Water Efficiency Committee has created a survey to gather examples of water reuse building codes that have been adopted by municipalities around Illinois and elsewhere and create an online repository of implementation success stories. Projects of particular interest include use of grey water for either outdoor watering or indoor reuse such as grey water used for irrigation or shower water for toilet flushing.  Share your green codes and success stories for implementing water reuse designs and practices into new or existing building projects by participating in this survey.

 

Splash Online - Summer IssueOpen in a New Window

Splash - Summer Issue 2015
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Small Systems On-line Learning - Maintaining and Achieving RTCR Compliance for Small SystemsOpen in a New Window

This free eLearning course focuses on 4 major areas needed by small systems to maintain and achieve compliance with the Revised Total Coliform Rule; including when and how to conduct the RTCR assessment, evaluation of sampling procedures, source water treatment assessments and evaluation of distribution system operations and maintenance practices on coliform occurrence.

Click HERE to register

This eLearning course is made possible through a USEPA grant for small systems training in conjunction with AWWA’s training partner, the Rural Community Assistance Partnership.  Registration for this course is through AWWA, not ISAWWA.

 

New Question from a Member SurveyOpen in a New Window

The Village of Virden would like to change their water billing schedule. They currently bill 2 months behind and would like to move up to current billing. Current schedule: March bill is for January consumption. New schedule: March bill would be for February consumption. How have other utilities addressed the transition bill which would be a much higher cost since it would be for two months consumption? Do they put customers on a payment plan? Delay shut off? Other?

Complete this survey to provide your feedback.


 

Jim MItchellOpen in a New Window

Jim Mitchell

Water Plant Operator Jim Mitchell retired from the Highland Park Water Plant November 30, 2014 after 22 years of service. 

 

Charles "Jay" AmesOpen in a New Window

Due to health issues, Water Plant Operator Charles ‘Jay’ Ames retired from the Highland Park Water Plant November 30, 2014 after 26 years of service. Jay died December 4th, 2014.

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