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Richton Park Seeking Request for Qualifications for Professional ServicesOpen in a New Window

The Village of Richton Park is seeking:



Request for Qualifications for Professional Services for Water Storage Tank Asset Management & Water Quality Management

General Information
The Village of Richton Park requests qualifications for professional services to provide potable water storage tank asset management programs and related water quality management services to assist with maintaining water quality within their distribution system.  The professional services are to include, but are not limited to: a custom designed water storage tank asset management program, a custom designed continuous active water
storage tank mixing system with ongoing maintenance, a custom designed water storage tank chemical cleaning program.  The Village intends to maintain their water storage tanks under a comprehensive full service asset management program.  The Village intends to develop an ongoing collaborative partnership with the professional service provider so as to continually explore ways of improving upon this approach to water storagetank asset management in terms of cost-effectiveness and post-treatment water quality management tools.

Below are the capacities and locations of the three (3) elevated storage tanks.
Tower #4 - 500,000 gallons; Latonia Lane, Richton Park, IL
Tower #3 - 250,000 gallons; Amy Street, Richton Park, IL
Tower #2 - 250,000 gallons; Clark Street, Richton Park, IL


The Village of Richton Park desires to employ a qualifications based selection process and will evaluate each respondent’s proposal using the RFQ evaluation criteria listed in this RFQ to rank each prospective respondent.  The highest-ranking respondents will then be interviewed to review and verify their qualifications.  After selection of a provider for these professional services, the Village of Richton Park will negotiate with the professional services provider to finalize the scope of work, fees, and specific contractual arrangements.  The Village of Richton Park desires to develop an ongoing collaborative partnership with the professional service provider to continually explore ways to manage the water storage tank assets in the most cost effective manner and manage the risks of maintaining water quality within their distribution system.


For more information and to fill out the RFQ, please visit the Village of Richton Park website.


Welcome LakshmiOpen in a New Window

Welcome to Lakshmi, Student Chapter Coordinator

Lakshmi is a graduate student majoring in environmental engineering at the University of Illinois. She has a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering, and had volunteered for environmental and educational nonprofits before deciding to pursue her interest in water treatment. Lakshmi is inspired by the philosophy of minimalism and simple living. She enjoys reading, cooking, and riding her bike in her free time. She is happy to be associated with the ISAWWA family and is excited about her new role as the student chapter coordinator. 


Village of Downers Grove - Question from a MemberOpen in a New Window

"A small, independent water system exists within the Village of Downers Grove. This system's water source is a well and it currently serves approximately 15 homes. The system is aging, and the customers currently on this system are concerned about its ongoing viability. There is some interest in connecting to the Village's water supply, and there is Village water main available to all of the homes.


Residents have expressed concern about the cost involved in making the connection to the Village water supply and are asking about financial assistance. Is anyone aware of grants or loans that an individual homeowner or small system operator could use to connect to Village water? The remaining customers of this independent system may also be facing the costs associated with properly shutting down their well."


Please respond directly to Stan at




Stan Balicki

Assistant Director of Public Works - Operations

Village of Downers Grove

5101 Walnut Ave.

Downers Grove, IL 60515







Are you an Illinois Certified Water Operator and in need of your ISAWWA training hours for IEPA recertification?  If so, ISAWWA offers you a transcript of your training hours by logging into the ISAWWA web site.   Follow the steps as outlined below to find a record of your hours. ISAWWA has also prepared a PowerPoint (can be found on the ISAWWA web site (Home: Web Site Help) to assist in navigating the ISAWWA web site you can view by clicking the link below.




Steps to navigate to your training record –


  • Go to and sign in:
  • Click on My Profile
  • Click on Welcome (your name) at the top of the page, (dropdown menu button)
  • Choose “Accounts and Settings” from dropdown tab


You will then see a graduation cap and “Professional Development” tab.  From the Professional Development tab you can filter the training records to customize your training report.


The same screen allows you to export your training hours to Excel; print a transcript of your hours; or email your training hours.


Please contact ISAWWA for assistance, or any problems navigating to your training record.


June Legislative UpdateOpen in a New Window

The new Legislative Update for June has been uploaded and available for members to view.  Here is the link to download.  You will need to be logged in to access this members only benefit. 


ISAWWA Archived WebinarsOpen in a New Window

Archived Webinars

Did you know?

Our most popular webinars ever, are available as Archived Webinars!!   See List Below!! 

If you are an ISAWWA member, you can watch the Archived Webinars for FREE!  If you are a non-member you can purchase the archive webinar for a nominal fee.

Once you have registered you may view them as many times as you would like. 

You will be awarded the same CEU credit for the Archived Webinar as the Live Webinar.

The Archived Webinars are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, you can start and stop them whenever you  like. 

#2162 US EPA’s Climate Ready Water Utility Initiative WEBINAR IEPA#8669

#2135 Detection & Evaluation of Lead Release : WEBINAR IEPA#7932 

#2178 Drinking Water Chloramine Chemistry 101 WEBINAR IEPA #8896

 #2134 Blended Phosphate Technical Presentation Power Hour WEBINAR IEPA#7908

#2110: Water Main Rehabilitation Using Cured-in-Place-Pipe WEBINAR IEPA#6837

#2210 Inflow and Infiltration On Private Property Webinar IEPA#10712

#2226 MACP (Manhole Assessment & Certification Program WEBINAR IEPA#11209 

#2230 02/08/17 Smoke Testing Webinar IEPA#11449


Need Assistance?

866-521-3595 ext. 3

Illinois Section American Water Works Association
545 S. Randall Road
St. Charles, IL  60174
Phone:  866-521-3595
Fax:  866-521-3591

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Bala Cynwyd Man Sentenced to Prison for Hacking Computers of Public UtilitiesOpen in a New Window

Bala Cynwyd Man Sentenced to Prison for Hacking Computers of Public Utilities

Adam Flanagan, 42, of Bala Cynwyd, PA was sentenced yesterday by the Hon. Paul Diamond to 12 months, 1 day in prison, based upon his plea of guilty to two counts of unauthorized access to a protected computer and thereby recklessly causing damage, announced Acting United States Attorney Louis D. Lappen. Flanagan was indicted on November 22, 2016, arrested without incident on November 23, 2016, and plead guilty on March 7, 2017.

Flanagan had worked as a radio frequency engineer for a company that made remote meter readers for utility systems. These readers would receive radio signals from individual meters and then process the data for billing. In these instances, the remote readers were installed to read water meters in municipalities spread throughout the eastern United States. After the company terminated Flanagan, he used his knowledge of how these readers operate to gain access to them through the Internet and to disable them. The result was that the municipal water authorities had to send people out to read the individual meters because the billing data was inaccurate. In addition, Flanagan’s former employer had to expend a large amount of time to conduct forensic examinations of the readers to determine what had happened and how to fix the problems.

The advisory Sentencing Guidelines provide for enhanced sentences for attacks on computers involved with critical infrastructure, such as water systems. In this case, Judge Diamond applied the enhancement for interfering with computers used to maintain or operate a critical infrastructure. (The Guidelines also provide a more serious enhancement for computer attacks that cause a substantial disruption of a critical infrastructure.)

The case was investigated by the FBI offices in Raleigh, NC and Philadelphia PA. The investigation was initially handled by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of North Carolina and then transferred to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, when the defendant was identified as the intruder. Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael L. Levy handled the case.

Link to article 


New Jobs Added This MonthOpen 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 - Sewer Supervisor
Heyworth, Illinois
Village of Heyworth

View Job

Director of Utility Operations
Freeport, Illinois
City of Freeport

View Job

Mundelein, Illinois
Village of Mundelein

View Job

Assistant Public Works Director-Utilities
Oswego, Illinois
Village of Oswego

View Job

WPC Treatment Operations Crew Leader
Moline, Illinois
City of Moline

View Job

Building Maintenance Technician
Oak Brook, Illinois
Village of Oak Brook

View Job



View All Jobs




Free webinar on water conservation (no ceus)Open in a New Window

Water can make or break lawns. Too much can spread turfgrass disease like wildfire. Too little limits root growth and plant health allowing that next soccer game to tear through fields. In this free webinar, Julius Duncan from EPA Watersense and Dr. Cale Bigelow from Purdue University College of Agriculture explore the watering needs of the outdoor landscaping sector and how to conserve this precious resource while maintaining aesthetically pleasing, functional, and resilient grass. The Midwest Grows Green Lawn & Land Forum is a collaboration between MPAC and the Illinois Sports Turf Managers Association and funded by the North Central IPM Center to document, summarize, and improve the state of Integrated Pest Management and Natural Lawn Care policies and practices locally, regionally, and nationally. All summaries, findings, and resources developed from this forum will remain open source to turf managers, policymakers, and individuals interested in applying IPM policies and programs to their work.

Use this LINK to register for the free webinar


Free webinar topics for anyoneOpen in a New Window

If you have staff or know someone who is not an ISAWWA member please pass along this email 


Free Archived Webinars

Did you know?

Illinois Section AWWA has a library of many free webinars that have CEU credits attached to them.  You do not have to be an ISAWWA member to watch these Archived Webinars for FREE!  

However,  we have nearly 200 more webinars you could watch for the nominal fee of $30 each or, better yet,  for FREE if you become an ISAWWA member!  You can use this link to become a member right now!

Once you have registered you may view them as many times as you would like. You will be awarded the same CEU credit for the archived webinar as the live webinar.  

The Archived Webinars are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, you can start and stop them whenever you  like. 

Some of our  FREE Archived Webinars  

#2243 Lead Mitgation In Schools:CPS Flushing Program & Protocols IEPA#11764

#2242 Lead in Schools Mitigation Webinar IEPA#11758

#2235 SB-550 – New Lead Regulations for Illinois Water Utilities (and Schools)

#2219 ILWARN: Overview, How to Activate & Respond Webinar IEPA# 11415

#2209 A Sticky Situation—Novel Mgmt Techniques for the Zebra Mussel IEPA#10803

#2207 Water Utility Council (WUC) Update on Amendments to SB550 Webinar

#2198 Benchmarking Residential Rates for Small Water Systems Webinar IEPA#10079

#2175 Mentoring Student Groups on International Projects WEBINAR IEPA # 9527

#2172 US Army Corp of Eng Emergency Power Facility Assmnt Tool Webinar IEPA#8902


Need Assistance?

866-521-3595 ext. 3

Illinois Section American Water Works Association
545 S. Randall Road
St. Charles, IL  60174
Phone:  866-521-3595
Fax:  866-521-3591

If you wish to stop receiving email from us, you can simply remove yourself by visiting: @@unsubscribe_url@@


Looking for Student Chapter CoordinatorOpen in a New Window

University of Illinois Student Coordinator


ISAWWA is looking for a coordinator for the University of Illinois student chapter.  This person will work directly with the student chapter to assist them with finding speakers for monthly meetings, planning special events, recruiting new members, and communicating with the ISAWWA Young Professional section.  This person should be patient and encouraging.  The role was created to guide the student chapter and generate new ideas for making the chapter successful.  This person is not responsible for running day to day operations of the student chapter, just to serve as a mentor and assist with operations as needed.  No previous experience with the University of Illinois AWWA student chapter is necessary.



  • Meet with the student chapter once per month to discuss upcoming events and any assistance needed
  • Attend monthly student chapter meetings if possible
  • Keep communication lines between ISAWWA YP group and student chapter open.  Updated YP group on recent student chapter developments, events, etc.  Keep student chapter informed of any concerns the YP group has with upcoming events, or relay ideas for improvement of events
  • Assist students with event planning by providing examples from previous successful events
  • Utilize your own personal connections within the water/wastewater industry to find speakers for meetings or events as needed



Brittany N. Sterling, PE

Clark Dietz, Inc.



New Jobs This MonthOpen 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 »


Utility Locator/Maintenance Worker
Geneva, Illinois
City of Geneva

View Job

Pumping Station Operator
Oak Park, Illinois
Village of Oak Park, Illinois

View Job

Director of Utility Operations
Freeport, Illinois
City of Freeport

View Job

Mundelein, Illinois
Village of Mundelein

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.




RCAP Releases Statement on Administration's Budget CutsOpen in a New Window

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Earlier this week, the Trump Administration released its full budget proposal to Congress. The proposal includes deep cuts to programs that will fundamentally hinder the ability for rural communities to thrive. In response to Administration’s budget, the Rural Community Assistance Partnership (RCAP) Inc.’s Executive Director Nathan Ohle released the following statement:


“This budget will severely hurt rural communities that have already been left behind. Now more than ever we need to be helping rural communities create opportunities to create good paying jobs, provide safe and affordable drinking water and adequately treated wastewater, and to develop infrastructure that will lead to economic growth.”


“There is a universal need for the federal government to support capacity building, technical assistance, and infrastructure funding in every community across America. The majority of small and rural communities that RCAP serves continue to struggle with capacity, expertise and adequate funding resources. They rely not only upon on RCAP’s technical assistance and training, but also loan and grant funding provided by the EPA’s State Revolving Funds and USDA Rural Development programs.”


“Cuts for safe drinking water and wastewater programs, the elimination of programs like USDA’s Water/Wastewater Grant and Loan Program, HHS’s Rural Community Facilities Program, HUD’s Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program, the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA), and HUD’s Home Investment Partnership (HOME) Program are unacceptable. These programs were designed to help communities, particularly small rural communities, to invest in infrastructure, public health and economic development in some of the nation’s hardest hit areas.”


“Rural communities are the lifeblood of this country, and we stand ready to work in partnership with the federal government to improve programs that create healthy, vibrant and economically sustainable regions. RCAP is committed to working with the White House and Congress to show how this budget as proposed would adversely affect rural communities, and welcome the opportunity to engage in productive conversations that will lead to opportunity for every community across the country.”


The Rural Community Assistance Partnership (RCAP) is a national network of six regional RCAPs working to ensure that rural and small communities through the United States have access to safe drinking water and sanitary wastewater disposal. The Partnership provides a variety of programs to accomplish this goal, such as direct training and technical assistance. For more information, visit or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.


CONTACT Bianca Poll, Director of Communications, 202-470-2808


Welcome Megan FoxOpen in a New Window

Welcome to Megan Fox -  ISAWWA Intern

Megan is a Junior studying Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Illinois in Urbana Champaign. There she is the Vice President of the University of Illinois joint section of WEF-AWWA. She is also the Outreach Director for the UIUC Section of the Society of Women Engineers. In her free time she enjoys swimming and hiking and is excited to be working with the Illinois Section AWWA.


Illinois OSHA - Commonly overlooked safety and health requirementsOpen in a New Window

In the interest of public safety and health, Illinois OSHA has put together the linked fact sheet on commonly overlooked safety and health requirements specific to public works related jobs.


For more information or to request an on-site consultation, call 800-972-4216 or visit 


RFP - City of Rockford - Water Main Capacity Hydrant Flow TestingOpen in a New Window

City of Rockford is accepting proposals for an RFP for Water Main Capacity Fire Hydrant Flow testing.  Link to RFP 


State of the Water Loss Industry ReportOpen in a New Window

As Chair of the ISAWWA Water Efficiency Committee and a member of AWWA’s national Water Loss Control Committee, I wanted to bring a new resource released by AWWA to your attention! 

The State of Water Loss Control in Drinking Water Utilities: A White paper from the American Water Works Association: LINK TO DOCUMENT


This short, snazzy piece outlines the latest information, practices, regulatory trends and case studies on non-revenue water. This paper provides water utilities with background, facts and resources to help you understand and communicate the occurrence of water and revenue losses in utility operations and the means to cost-effectively control them. Check it out! 

Best Regards,

Danielle Gallet
Manager | Metropolitan Planning Council
140 S. Dearborn St. | Suite 1400 | Chicago, IL. 60603
312.863.6016 |


Illinois American wins Wendall LaDue AwardOpen in a New Window

We are delighted to let you know that Illinois American Water – Cairo District is the 2017 Class I Wendell R. LaDue Utility Safety Award recipient.

In recognition of this honor, an award will be presented to them during the AWWA Annual Conference & Exposition scheduled for June 11-14, 2017 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The presentation is scheduled for Tuesday, June 13, 4:30-5:30 pm, during the AWWA Awards & Section Recognition Celebration in the Exhibit Hall at the Celebration Stage.


Congratulations to Illinois American - great job!


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



Water Quality - Dead End MainsOpen in a New Window

We are working with a client that is getting periodic water quality complaints. It is a complicated problem related to dead end mains and very low water use but one area of concern at one home is the fire suppression system that was install when the home was build. The water service to the home is 1 ½ inch. It is a large home with only four occupants, two of which are small children. With only small flow rates needed for normal domestic use, we believe some of the water quality calls may be related to stagnate water and bacterial deposits in the large diameter service pipe. In light of recent events regarding the State Fire Marshal calling for all private homes to have fire suppression systems, we have a question for our membership.

For those members that have fire suppression systems (wet sprinkler systems) install in homes, have there been any water quality issues within the home that could be linked to the large diameter water service which is required to feed the suppression system?

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