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USEPA Public Health WorkshopOpen in a New Window

Water and Healthcare/Public Health Workshop to be held Tuesday, April 11, 2017 @ Greater Cincinnati Water Works, Richard Miller Treatment Plant.  Details are included in the flyer linked below, including the registration link.   Please feel free to distribute to drinking water and wastewater operators in Illinois – contact hours for IL operators is offered for this workshop.


Jodie Opie

NPDES Programs Branch and Water Sector Security

Water Division - WN-15J

EPA Region 5

77 W. Jackson Blvd.

Chicago, IL 60604



Congratulations to our 2017 Scholarship WinnersOpen in a New Window

Consistent with ISAWWA Outreach Committee’s mission is to educate the general public on the essential functions and importance of the water industry, the water cycle and water treatment,and career paths in the water industry, the Outreach Committee promoted and administered the following two (2) scholarships:

1. One AWWA Operator Scholarship
2. Safe Water Scholarship

One AWWA Scholarship
The One AWWA Scholarship addresses the present and future workforce need for operators by providing training and educational funding. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, an additional 7,000 water and wastewater operators will be needed over the next decade. As technology becomes even more complicated, so will the demands on operators.
AWWA’s The Water Equation and the Illinois Section have partnered to award the One AWWA Operator Scholarship up to the amount of $2,000 for Water Operating training and education annually with $1000.00 from ISAWWA and a match of $1000.00 from AWWA National. This $2,000 can be divided among multiple applicants as determined by the scholarship award selection team.
Scholarship awards can be used for certification/licensure, two-year related associate degree, technical school program, professional training program, books and manuals, and operator related conferences focused on water, wastewater, and/or stormwater.


Safe Water Scholarship
To promote the importance of the water industry, the water cycle and water treatment, and career paths in the water industry, ISAWWA’s Outreach Committee also administers the Safe Water Scholarship. To be eligible for this scholarship, the applicant must be enrolled or accepted into a water-related secondary, continuing-education, or enrichment program for the academic year.
Secondary education includes water system operator training programs, water-related technical school, community college, four-year college, Masters and Doctoral programs.


For more information on this year's winners, CLICK HERE.


New question from a memberOpen in a New Window

Login to the new FORUM to answer this question from a member:


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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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 -


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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