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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

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.


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

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Be sure to update your resume on AWWA Illinois Section Career Center, so employers can contact you privately about job opportunities.


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AWWA (American Water Works Association) Illinois Section, 545 S. Randall Road, St. Charles, IL 60174



Water Taste Contest Needs CompetitorsOpen in a New Window

Water Taste Contest Needs Competitors


Does your utility produce the best water in the state? The Illinois Section of the American Water Works Association holds a statewide Water Taste Contest every year at our annual conference in Springfield.  WATERCON 2017 is just around the corner, and the Water Taste Contest Committee is looking for competitors.


If your utility produces the best water in the state we would encourage you to speak to your local or regional water operator’s association and ask them to hold a local Water Taste Contest. The winner of the local contest will be invited to compete in Springfield for the chance to gain statewide recognition and plenty of publicity recognizing your dedication to excellence in water production. The winner of the WATERCON 2017 Water Taste Contest will be invited to compete in Philadelphia, PA at the 2017 ACE Annual Conference and Exhibition.


Organizing a local or regional competition is easy. However, only utilities that produce water and are winners of local water association contests are eligible to compete in the WATERCON’s Water Taste Contest. So, if you are a water association looking to host a competition and have your winner participate in WATERCON 2017 Annual Water Taste Contest, see below for Water Taste Contest Committee contact. Hope to see you in March, and happy tasting!


Contact Jennifer Barlas at (630) 607-1505, email:, with any questions or to report a winner.


New Location - Old ItemsOpen in a New Window


Do you have any wooden water main, old meters, tools, hydrants, maps or photographs laying around? If you do, bring it with you to WATERCON2017!!!  The waterworks museum is returning for another wonderful year and is in need of items to display.  As with any museum, the waterworks museum depends greatly on the participation of the community. All historical water and wastewater items are welcome. The items are only on display during the conference because the Section does not maintain a permanent collection. Please bring your items to help illustrate how the water industry has advance throughout history.   We are in a new location this year - Ground Floor Lobby (former Gift Shop), so we will need to "fill er up".

If you are interested in displaying an item, please contact me at (309) 524-2303 or

We will also need docents for the museum.  Want to swap stories about the "old days"?  Use this link to volunteer an hour or two of your time.  It will be some of the most rewarding time you spend at WATERCON.

Please drop off your artifacts:
Monday March 20…….4:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Tuesday March 21…….9:00 am to 10:00 am

Please visit the waterworks museum:
Tuesday March 21 ……..9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Wednesday March 11…..8:30 am to 12:00 pm

Pickup your items:
Wednesday March 22 ……..2:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Thanks for your help in making the Museum a sharing success!

Bob Bohannon
Museum Chair


Take Your Operator Certification Exam at WATERCON2017Open in a New Window

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.


Welcome New Members: December, 2016Open in a New Window



Our new members in December, 2016.  If you see them at any upcoming area activities, please welcome them!!

New Member Organization
Roberto Arroyo Woodridge, IL
Troy Braswell American Pipe
Joshua Burman Village of Orland Parks Public Works
Dennis Cable City of Darien
Brian Campion City of Crystal Lake
Robert Chejlava City of Crest Hill
Susan Debeaubien Chicago, IL
Chris Dillon J.C. Dillon, Inc.
Jason Dubs Village of Mundelein
Randi Haley City of Moline Water Division
Richard Hitchens Village of Piper City
Russell Hornung City of Crystal Lake
Tad Jesionowski Argonne National Laboratory
Rick Kassal Village of Hoffman Estates
Richard Lang Woodridge, IL
Andy Liebmann CH2M
Greg Manning Wunderlich-Malec
Tyler Martin Village of Thomasboro
Joe McFadden Warrenville, IL
Randy Moritz City of Moline Water Division
Howard Moser Marengo Public Works
Tony Newman City of Crest Hill
Northfield Public Works Northfield, IL
John Rucker Robinson Engineering
Richard Rusch Village of Hanover Park
John Satter City of Warrenville
J. Schulte City of Moline Water Division
Monica Siopa Russell Corrosion Consultants
Kenny Smart Chicago, IL
Dan Snyder Lisbon North, Inc.
Jim Vogrin City of Crest Hill
William Wilson Stelle Community Association
David Zalud Village of Woodridge


USEPAOpen in a New Window

Hi Everyone,


Please join EPA WSD in highlighting the importance of drinking water and wastewater utilities during Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience Month. We have developed a new web page highlighting the importance of water utilities and actions they can take to protect their assets. In addition, we just released a new video today!


We will be sending out weekly emails to our contact list highlighting a new topic each week through the end of November.


Please share these materials with the utilities in your states and encourage them to share the word as broadly as possible.


  1. Website:
  2. Infographic with clickable links (attached)
  3. Video: Be Aware Be Prepared Protect Critical Water Infrastructure




Jodie Opie

NPDES Programs Branch and Water Sector Security

Water Division - WN-16J

EPA Region 5

77 W. Jackson Blvd.

Chicago, IL 60604



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.





Prepare. Respond. Recover.


Webinar: Free Preparedness Resources for Water Utilities





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

Have questions or comments? Email us at



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.

View Job


View All Jobs


Be sure to update your resume on AWWA Illinois Section Career Center, so employers can contact you privately about job opportunities.

AWWA (American Water Works Association) Illinois Section, 545 S. Randall Road, St. Charles, IL 60174


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

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.


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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View All Jobs


Be sure to update your resume on AWWA Illinois Section Career Center, so employers can contact you privately about job opportunities.

Your email address has not been given to any third parties.
You are receiving this email because you are a member of AWWA Illinois Section Career Center.

AWWA (American Water Works Association) Illinois Section, 545 S. Randall Road, St. Charles, IL 60174


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.


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....


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:


Mitch Berg - In MemoriamOpen in a New Window

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
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
Click here to view the enhanced online edition

Click here to download a low resolution pdf

If you would prefer to ONLY receive this electronic version and NOT the printed version,

Simply login to the website

  • Go to My Profile
  • Select - Manage Profile
  • Edit Bio
  • Under Member Communication Preferences - "Check" Splash Electronic Only


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.


Chuck CorleyOpen in a New Window

Congratulations to Chuck Corley.  After 44 1/2 years with the IEPA, his last day will be December 31, 2014.
If you would like to attend his open house, it is December 16th, 2014  from 1-4pm at the Rockford Regional Office IEPA back room.  RSVP to Sandy at 815-987-7760


Jim MeltzerOpen in a New Window

Just wanted to let those of you who do not know already, that Jim Meltzer died last week Nov. 13th 2014.

Jim was a very dear friend of Becky and I and he will be deeply missed around here.

There will be a Life Celebration in late December, as there will be no funeral service.

Northern Filter Media will have a link on their Web site in memory of Jim.

We encourage you to share your memories and condolences: Online Condolences at

Jims Obituary can be viewed at :


You Me and WaterOpen in a New Window

Greetings All,

You may have seen that the current issue of Splash contains an article written by Nora Sadik regarding the water research she will be conducting in Uganda over the next nine months. Nora is a two-time ISAWWA Safe Water Scholarship Awardee and an exceptional student member. Her graduate work is also supported by the Fulbright Institute and National Science Foundation. Here is a link to her blog "You and Me and Water” . Nora is an excellent writer, makes great use of photographs and her research experiences are quite compelling. I encourage you to follow her Ugandan adventure and water research work. Also help spread the word among students, educators and other water professionals.

Nora’s research project will better illuminate certain key facets of climate change and a number of complex corresponding environmental and human relationships. This work is of critical importance to countries like Uganda, which are the front line of climate change and already confronted with the challenge of providing adequate food and water to their people. The need to understand this phenomenon is great and urgent, as the clock is running and many lives are already being adversely impacted. Additionally, I believe that portions of the research findings will serve to enhance mankind’s understanding of climate change impacts on other water eco-systems. I view this potential enhancement of our understanding as being important and timely, based on my experience as a water utility manager who is seeing climate change impacts on U.S. source waters.

Nora brings a very high level of passion, professionalism and dedication to this research project and is working to diligently to achieve its stated goals. Nora exemplifies the type of individual that is needed to meet the growing water challenges of our world. I truly respect Nora’s her desire to apply her scientific knowledge and skill to produce a positive impact on the lives of others.

Please join me in following her and encouraging other students, educators and other water professionals to do the same.

Thank you,

Gregory A. Swanson
Utilities General Manager


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