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State of Illinois- Israel Water Trade Mission- WATECOpen in a New Window

The Illinois Office of Trade and Investment invites you to exhibit at the State of Illinois’
Trade Mission pavilion at WATEC 2017 in Tel Aviv, Israel from September 12-14, 2017.
Illinois companies who qualify for this trade mission will receive the following:

• Complimentary exhibit space
• 50%-75% partial reimbursement of travel costs for hotel and airfare in
accordance with SBA guidelines
• Briefing materials
• Pre-show promotion
• Assistance with travel logistics

WATEC 2017 presents the perfect opportunity to hear from and meet a range of
growing water, energy & environment companies seeking a combination of partners,
investment and professional services to develop their companies. This year’s conference will emphasize the technologies that can serve as the key to a much more efficient exploitation of natural resources (Water, Soil, Energy, and Materials). Bringing together Israeli & international business executives, political decisions makers and leading researchers, WATEC 2017 will be a showcase for the most advanced technologies and solutions from around the world.

Industry Sectors include: Water Management, Solutions, and Technology
For more information contact:
Sam Ntum, Senior International Trade Specialist


Want to have an impact on building a strong future for the water industry?Open in a New Window


Consider joining the new ISAWWA Mentoring committee.  It was determined at the 2017 ISAWWA strategic planning session that building a sustainable and thriving mentoring program is one of the ISAWWA’s top priorities over the next few years.  The EPA estimates that over the next 10 years, 37% of water utility workers and 31% of wastewater utility workers will retire.  As an industry, we have much work to do in recruiting, retaining, and building the workforce that will replace these retirees.   Mentoring is a great tool for passing knowledge from seasoned professionals to those newer to the industry, and that is exactly why we are seeking to build a mentoring program as one tool that we can use from our tool box for building a sustainable industry future.  We are currently looking for ISAWWA members interested in getting their hands dirty to help build the foundation and structure of our new mentoring program.  Committee members will plan the mentoring program details and activities and take on program projects necessary to launching, administering, and maintaining the program.  Please email Brianna Huber at if you are interested in joining the committee.    


In a few short months, we will be looking for program mentors and mentees, so please keep an eye out for future emails if you are interested in having a mentor or being a mentor!  You can also let us know if you are interested by  updating your ISAWWA member profile on the ISAWWA website indicating that you are interested in being mentored or being a mentor.  


Virus Alert - Please ReadOpen in a New Window

Dear ISAWWA members and colleagues:

We would like you to be aware of an international ransomware campaign, referred to as "WannaCry 2.0 or Petya" in the media that has affected critical infrastructure sectors including healthcare and public sector assets in the US, as well as the transportation sector.

Known impacts include the following:

  • A Danish shipping company has temporarily limited container shipping into and out of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey as well as the Port of Los Angeles which could disrupt supply chains;
  • A provider of transcription services for Electronic Health Records (EHRs) is impacted resulting in some healthcare organizations using downtime procedures to update health records;
  • A pharmaceutical company was affected resulting in some internal computer networks being inaccessible or locked; and
  • A limited number of healthcare institutions were infected.

Please review the HHS notice below, for additional information and resources about this threat.

Kind Regards,

If you are the victim of a ransomware attack

If your organization is the victim of a ransomware attack, HHS recommends the following steps:

1.       Please contact your FBI Field Office Cyber Task Force ( or US Secret Service Electronic Crimes Task Force ( immediately to report a ransomware event and request assistance. These professionals work with state and local law enforcement and other federal and international partners to pursue cyber criminals globally and to assist victims of cyber-crime.

2.      Report cyber incidents to the US-CERT ( and FBI's Internet Crime Complaint Center (

3.      If your facility experiences a suspected cyberattack affecting medical devices, you may contact FDA's 24/7 emergency line at 1-866-300-4374. Reports of impact on multiple devices should be aggregated on a system/facility level.

4.      For further analysis and healthcare-specific indicator sharing, please also share these indicators with HHS' Healthcare Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center (HCCIC) at

5.      Report the incident to your state health department.

Mitigating against this threat

  • The National Health – Information Sharing and Analysis Center (NH-ISAC) has tested a "vaccine" that has been reported as potentially helpful for systems that have not been impacted.  While the use of this "vaccine" should not preclude proper patching, consider the business impact of creating a file C:/Windows/perfc.exe or editing the existing file to make them READ ONLY. As with any patch/update, this modification should be evaluated before implementation by appropriate system security personnel. For further information on this vaccine please visit                
  • Educate users on common Phishing tactics to entice users to open malicious attachments or to click links to malicious sites.
  • Patch vulnerable systems with the latest Microsoft security patches:
  • Verify perimeter tools are blocking Tor .Onion sites 
  • Use a reputable anti-virus (AV) product whose definitions are up-to-date to scan all devices in your environment in order to determine if any of them have malware on them that has not yet been identified. Many AV products will automatically clean up infections or potential infections when they are identified.
  • Monitor US-CERT for the latest updates from the U.S. government. 

US-CERT Resources

Sector ISAO and ISAC resources

  • National Health Information-Sharing and Analysis Center has shared the followingTLP-White Message and will continue to share information at
  • HITRUST has shared the following Threat Bulletin for distribution.






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. 


New Free Archived WebinarOpen in a New Window


Last week's Source Water Award Winner's Webinar was great!   It is now available as free archived webinar with CEU credit!

  Check it out!!

#2245 Source Water Committee Award Winners Webinar IEPA#11947



Welcome to our new members - June, 2017Open in a New Window



Meet our new members who joined in June, 2017.  If you see them at any upcoming area activities, please welcome them!!


Brian Baldwin American Water SAFB
Michael Dolinar Village Of Gurnee
Tom Ellis American Water SAFB
Timothy Forbes City of Aurora
Greg Hansen Abbott Park, IL
Carlos Hevia Carus Corporation
Dave Hogie Carus Corporation
Sam Ihli Carus Corporation
Don Kowalczyk TEST Inc
Troy Lizer Carus Corporation
Shannon Lynch Heyl Brothers North America L.P.
Nick Lynch Village of Wilmette
Sean McIntire City of East Moline
Matthew Murray Village of LaGrange
Mujeeb Osman Lindenhurst, IL
Nicholas Rademacher C2 Engineers, LLP
Jason Robotham Village of Pingree Grove
John Sanders Carus Corporation
Bob Schoenke Highland Hills Sanitary District
Ronald Schrack Schrack Environmental Consulting
Amanda Withers Crawford, Murphy & Tilly
Amy Wrigley City Of Naperville-SWRC
Junjie Zhu Illinois Institute of Technology
City of Casey Casey, IL


New Jobs in JuneOpen in a New Window

July 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 Plant Operator
Moline, Illinois
City of Moline, IL

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

Maintenance Mechanic I
Decatur, Illinois
City of Decatur

View Job

Water Operator
Richton Park, Illinois
Village of Richton Park

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.


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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



Setting the Right Rates for Your Water SystemOpen in a New Window


This intermediate level workshop will help ensure the
financial stability of your water system while providing
safe, quality drinking water at fair rates. We will focus
on how systems can select rate setting objectives and
match those with appropriate rate structures.
You will learn how to:

1. Develop rate setting objectives
2. Determine the cost of providing water service
3. Anticipate changes in revenues year to year by
changes in demand
4. Measure the affordability of rates for all of
your customers
5. Create rate structures that promote water
conservation or promote water use

This workshop is appropriate for any community water
system that charges customers for water consumption.
It is designed for drinking water system managers,
clerks, treasurers, board members, and others who
budget and/or set rates.


for more information:


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


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


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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