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Congrats to our Contest Winners at WATERCONOpen in a New Window





If you missed any of the competitions at WATERCON2018, you missed a lot!  Here are our Winners...

Top Ops

City of Elgin - Aquitards 
Bourgerie, Huerta & Ramos

Continued on their 10+ year run of first places.

Meter Madness Winner: 
Brian Burton, City of Des Plaines
 with a time of 46.84 seconds!
Hydrant Hysteria

Women's Division:  Village of Westmont - 2:36:04
Jill Zeigler & Shannon Sullivan
Men's Division: City of Des Plaines - 1:32:65
Brian Burton & Tony LoVerde

Pipe Tapping

Women's Division: Cranky Bits - 2:54:94
Karr, Putz, Schwab & Trevino

Men's Division - Village of Arlington Hts - 1:30:28
Holthouse, Ignoffo, Nordin & Preucil

Water Tower Building Winner: 
Team Naperthrill
Richard Flaar, Amy Wrigley & Lisa McNames
 Who built a water tank measuring 12.5" - holding 8 oz of water for over 30 seconds!
Water Taste Test Winner: 
City of Moline
Best tasting water in Illinois!

We also had some competitions in the All Committee Booth.


Nerf Shoot: 
Monday: Jeff Gattuso, Village of Niles

Tuesday: Frank McKay, LOCIS

Wednesday: Alex Stanko, City of Moline 

Big Winner:  Brian Rittenhouse, City of Washington

No Water, No Hockey Puck Shoot:

First Place: Jeremy Chervinko, City of Decatur - 99 pucks in 44.5 seconds!

Second Place: Steve Dennison, EEI

Third Place: Bob Rick, Village of Naplate

Fourth Place: Kyle Saunders, City of Rockford

MAC Committee Daily Drawing:

Monday:  Greg Beckwith, City of Christopher (Greg is a lucky guy - he also won the Wednesday Grand Prize!)

Tuesday:  Branson Keehner, Agri BioSystems &

Tim Gray, City of Evanston


New research regarding microbial growthOpen in a New Window


ISAWWA members who are interested in new research regarding microbial growth in plumbing systems should read this article linked below. This research was performed by the Department of Engineering at the University of Illinois and was published in Nature's ISME Journal: Multidisciplinary Journal of Microbial Ecology.



Congratulations!Open in a New Window

Kudos to our 2018 Awardees!   CLICK HERE to see the complete list 


Lead Service Line Replacement CollaborativeOpen in a New Window

The Lead Service Line Replacement Collaborative has just announced a series of webinars for 2018 to cover topics crucial to building and implementing successful lead service line replacement programs.  The first webinar is April 25 and provides information about the Collaboratives’ Web Toolkit.  See more details and registration information below:

Collaborating to Replace lead Service Lines: What You Need to Know from the Web Toolkit


Date: April 25, 2018

Time: 3PM EDT – 4PM EDT

Webinar Description:

Lead service line (LSL) replacement is not a simple task. The LSL Replacement Collaborative has developed an online toolkit to help communities across the United States develop and implement replacement programs.

This webinar – the first in a series of 6 webinars hosted by the LSL Replacement Collaborative – will provide an overview of the tools, examples, and types of information available on the Collaborative website. Whether you are a community leader, a public health professional, a drinking water professional, an elected leader, or a concerned consumer, this website has the answers – or can point you to the answers. “What You Need to Know from the Web Toolkit” will provide a deep dive into the online toolkit with the goal of motivating participants to make the most of these resources in their efforts to develop and implement LSL replacement initiatives.


  • Lynn Thorp, National Campaigns Director, Clean Water Action
  • Stephanie Schlea, Manager of Regulatory and Scientific Affairs, Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies
  • Sam Lovell, Health Project Specialist, Environmental Defense Fund

This webinar and future events sponsored or supported by ASDWA are also available on ASDWA’s Events web page.  For additional resources on lead service line replacement visit the LSLR Collaborative webpage.


RFP request for SCADAOpen in a New Window

The Village of Oak Park is seeking proposals from qualified companies to design and implement upgrades to the SCADA/HMI computer system. The RFP can be found on the Village of Oak Park website…….


Ill. Junior Science FairOpen in a New Window

Are you interested in promoting the water industry through youth outreach and learning about new innovative ideas in the water industry? 


Join ISAWWA, Outreach Committee, for the Illinois Junior Academy of Science state science fair in Peoria on April 28.  Every year ISAWWA members help encourage the future of water as special award judges at this event.  We recognize high school and middle school students with outstanding projects in the field of water and wastewater by awarding them a cash prize and a chance to speak at WATERCON.  This 4 hour time commitment goes a long way to promoting the water and wastewater industries as a viable career path to science students in Illinois.  Please go to the ISAWWA website to register and you will be include on the mailing list for the 2018 science fair judges.


If you would like to help with the sub-committee but will not be able to attend the judging, please contact Elizabeth Doellman at to be added to the sub-committee list.



Lego League Games for Sale At WATERCONOpen in a New Window

WATERCON professionals: 
Looking for a fun way to educate people about water? 

Learn as the water goes!


Then have we got a game for you! 

Did you know that less than one percent of the Earth’s water is potable?  This year the GFA Gamma Rays FLL Robotics team developed a board game called HydroGo! for our FLL® Hydro DynamicsSM season project.  Since many Americans overuse or pollute our limited water sources we wanted to find a way to help people learn to conserve and care for potable water.  Many students and faculty test-played the game.  We revised it and had it professionally produced.  The team would like to sell as many sets as possible to reach educate people about what we learned this season. 

While you play HydroGo!, you will also learn how water gets from its source to most of our homes and businesses.  You will also learn a water fact on each turn.  We hope that you have fun playing our game, know more about how we get water when you’re finished, and decide to take care of our water resources, too.   

The square game board comes professionally packaged in a box with a set of game cards, playing pieces, and instructions.  Due to the cost of production, we are unable to charge as little as we would like, but have set the price at a minimum.  The team would like to sell as many sets as possible to reach educate people about what we learned this season.  We will donate a portion of the proceeds to the Thirst Project organization to help them build wells in Africa.  For more details about our project and the resulting game, visit 

call the school at 618-233-7542 and ask to speak with Susan Muszinski to order your copy of the game.   Orders placed prior to WATERCON may be picked up at the convention. 
Additional games may be available on site, but on-site orders will require additional funds for postage if we run out.


School Presentation Was Big HitOpen in a New Window



School presentation was a big hit. I performed two presentations for about 25-5th graders (at each presentation) for a local elementary school. Please see the attached pictures provided by the Village of Oak Park Media Production Manager.


Topics included…..


How much water does planet earth have

How much is fresh water is suitable for drinking

How much is consumed on a daily basis by the residents of Oak Park

Practical ways that 11 year olds can start to practice water conservation i.e. rain barrels, brushing your teeth, showering instead of taking a bath, outside water use—lawn and garden tips


I passed out brochures on rain barrels, a Water (conservation) Wheel, how to check toilets for leaks and a booklet on the History of Water.



Fred Biring

Senior Pumping Station Operator

Village of Oak Park, Illinois

708-358-5747 Office

708-724-3561 Mobile


2018 Summer Internship ProgramOpen in a New Window

2018 Summer Internship Program


Opportunities are available in aquaculture product development, Great Lakes revitalization, Lake Michigan fisheries genomics, pollution prevention and sustainable communities. Full position descriptions and application requirements are available at .


For questions about the application or program, please contact Angela Archer at 765-496-3722 or  


Application deadline is March 26, 2018. 


ISAWWA Mentoring Program now accepting applications for mentors and mentees!Open in a New Window

Are you interested in being mentored by one of the IL water industry's finest or serving as a mentor to build the future of our industry? The ISAWWA Mentoring Program is launching at WATERCON and we are now taking applications for those interested in being a mentor and/or mentee.  All ISAWWA members are welcome to participate! Please visit our webpage at to learn more about the program and apply.


Legislative Alert - We need you to file opposition slipsOpen in a New Window


A new bill has been introduced in Springfield and there will be a hearing TOMORROW (2-27-18).  SB3080.  It will require that within one year of its passage every community water system create a plan to replace all known lead service lines "both public and privately owned, within 10 years" this plan will include an engineering study, estimated costs, a financing plan, feasibility and affordability plan, plan to prioritize high risk areas, a proposed schedule with benchmarks and measures to encourage diversity in the workforce implementing the plan.

The Illinois Section AWWA Water Utility Council is urging everyone to go to the following link and file an OPPOSITION to this bill.  They do listen.  We want to be part of the solution and not have this mandated in its current form.  Click the link, fill in your name address, utility name, title, phone number. Put your utility name in the box for REPRESENTATION. Click the dot by OPPONENT.  Click "record of appearance only".  Click on "agree to the terms of the ILGA". Then submit.

Here is a 
link to the full text of the bill:

Kyla Jacobsen
Water Utility Council Chair


Early Sewer CleaningOpen in a New Window

Early Sewer Cleaning


In the 1920’s and 30’s sewer and water was brought into the Chicago suburbs. One town finally outlawed outhouses and cesspools in 1936. Houses at the time only had wash basins and toilets with showers and dishwashers in the distant future with grey water being dumped outside. With minimal flows the upstream terminal legs of sewers had solid deposition problems. To clear the deposition towns would periodically dump a wagon tank of water in the line or [Don’t tell the EPA] have a water service trickling into a counter weighted dump trough to keep the sewer flushed. [About 20 years ago while replacing a sewer in the Northwest suburbs an inspector reported tearing out a device which sounded like a flush box.] When flushing didn’t work and before power flushers and vactors, the sewer would be manually cleaned.


A manual rodding device consisting of 1.5”x1.5”x2’ (Approx. 50 pcs.) wood rods joined with knuckle couplings [At WATERCON several years ago a Foreman told of using this device] with a spike/shovel head is shown on the attached photos. This antique device is looking for a home to preserve it and use it for exhibition/education. Contact Joe at


Water For People Golf OutingOpen in a New Window

Join us for our Annual Benefit Golf Outing on May 24th, 2018 benefiting Water For People. The outing will be a 18 Hole Four Person Scramble, with numerous game and contest holes.  Your fee will include Driving Range Balls & Lunch at the Turn. Space is limited so sign up today.  Here is the link to sign up today.



Fall Protection at OSHA Top 10 ListOpen in a New Window

Fall protection – General Requirement violation remains at the top of OSHA’s top 10 list of violations for 2017 with Fall protection Training Requirements breaking in at number 9.  Check out the National Safety Council’s Safety + Health Magazine article here for more information.  You can also view the Safety and Emergency Planning Committee’s webinar “Fall Protection” for information on the new revisions to the standard.
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