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Question for the Members - Who uses data loggers?


I am looking into the use of data loggers in an attempt to find leaks that are not surfacing or are very small and thereby reduce non-revenue water.


I am wondering if anyone uses data loggers, has any experience with data loggers or could recommend a brand name data logger.


Any assistance would be appreciated.  Please contact me at the information below. 


Thank you, Fred


Fred Biring

Senior Pumping Station Operator

Village of Oak Park, Illinois

708-358-5747 Office

708-724-3561 Mobile<>


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


Missed the Regulatory Update? Get some of those CEU hours by watching the presentations onlineOpen in a New Window



Just Follow these links!



Archived 10/19/17 Annual Regulatory Update Part 1 Opening Remarks & IEPA Reg Updates exp 10/19/27


Archived 10/19/17 Annual Regulatory Update Part 2-Lake Michigan Water Allocation Update exp 10/19/27


Archived 10/19/17 Annual Regulatory Update Part 3 IDPH Updates exp 10/19/2027





District 1 Water Taste TestOpen in a New Window

On Friday January 26th, Willet, Hoffman & Associates, Inc. hosted the Fifth Annual Water Taste Contest for ISAWWA – District 1 at the City of Rockford Water Division’s office.  Congratulations to the City of Moline who placed 1st and will be representing District 1 at the 2018 WATERCON conference!  Thank you to all the water utilities who participated and made this event one of the most competitive to date!  The water utilities that participated included the Village of Cherry Valley, City of DeKalb, City of Freeport, City of Moline, North Park Public Water District, City of Ottawa, City of Rockford, and the City of Rock Island.  In addition, ISAWWA would like to thank Willet, Hoffman & Associates, Inc. for their continued support of the contest and making each year a success!      

 Click here for the photos


WATERCON inviting FLL TeamsOpen in a New Window

Dear Utilities that have worked with the Illinois FLL teams,
Please pass this along to them. 


The Illinois water industry has been very impressed with the projects that you have developed for the FLL competitions throughout Illinois!!  We are particularly fascinated with your hard work, ingenuity, and gracious professionalism.  In fact, we are so impressed that we would like to invite you to share your project at our annual WATERCON conference coming up in March of this year!


The focus of WATERCON is to create a learning culture and strategic networking opportunities.  It addresses the “total water” cycle: storm water management, wastewater treatment, potable water treatment and water reuse.  Professionals will come to share best practices with their peers and discuss challenges with the water industry.  WATERCON is the place to be for water professionals. 


We invite all Illinois students that participated in any level FLL competition to share their projects with water industry professionals and attend our WATERCON conference in Springfield, IL on Monday March 19th, 2018 to share your projects and learn more about the water industry. 


Students are welcome to set up their project presentations in our designated FLL: Lego Land area!  Conference attendees will visit your project stations and you will have the opportunity to explain your project to them!  Project set up will be from 9:00 am – 10:00 am, and presentations will take place from 10:00 am -noon. Please note, water hookups are NOT available for project presentations.  If your presentation requires electricity you will need to provide your own long extension cord/power strip. 


All FLL students, team coaches, and guardians will be provided FREE conference admission.  In addition, FLL students will receive a participation prize.  Teams may also apply for financial assistance of up to $50.00 to help pay transportation expenses for getting your team to the event at

After presentations, FLL participants with be paired with a young water professional who will show you around our exhibit hall and museum areas, and you are free to attend any conference presentations that you are interested in. 


To ensure that we set aside ample space for all of your presentations, we do ask that you register your team for this event.  Registration is super easy and will only take a few minutes.  Please register by Feb. 10th, 2018 at:  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Laurie Dougherty, ISAWWA Executive Director, at 866-521-3595 Ext. 1.

We hope to see you there!

Brianna Huber
Outreach Committee Chair

Laurie Dougherty
Executive Director
Illinois Section AWWA
phone:  866-521-3595 ext. 1


WIW - Looking for help to work on displayOpen in a New Window

Looking for volunteers to develop a WIW committee display:


We will develop display panels to be used in conjunction with the ISAWWA display backer.  The full display board can be taken to outreach events, conventions, conferences, presentations, etc.  Please email if you are interested. 


WIW - Seeking VolunteerOpen in a New Window

Looking for volunteers to develop a Careers in the Water industry toolkit:


The toolkit will target middle-school aged children.  The idea is that women can use this toolkit to provide outreach to young girls about careers in the water industry.  Please email if you are interested.  


WATERCON: We Need You!Open in a New Window


The Illinois Section AWWA is an organization driven by it's volunteers.  It relies on them to help provide the Oomph behind everything we do.  WATERCON is the biggest thing we do all year.  It takes a LOT of volunteers to put on the amazing program that we do every year.


Here is your chance to be a part of that!  If you will be attending WATERCON, please consider volunteering for an hour, a session or a day.  You will enrich your own life, and help to make WATERCON a smashing success.


To volunteer to moderate a technical track - CLICK HERE.


To volunteer to help out to greet attendees, work in a Committee Booth, docent the WaterWorks Museum, or help Water for People - CLICK HERE


If you have any questions, please contact the Section Offices at 866-521-3595.





WIW - Seeking Help in ChicagoOpen in a New Window

Looking for women to participate in a one-time outreach activity in Chicago area:


This will be at Polished Pebbles on a Saturday in May from 10am-noon in the Chicago area.  Women will be speaking with girls aged 7-17 about careers in the water industry.  Please email Dawn Thompson at if you are interested. 


WIW Looking for PresentersOpen in a New Window

Looking for presenters:


Are you good at some skill or behavior?  Do you have a wealth of knowledge and/or experience in some aspect of the water industry, human resources, or management?  WIW is looking for presenters!  There is no specific topic that we are looking for, but a few topic examples include networking, negotiating, overcoming gender roadblocks, leading change, using social media to build your career, dealing with difficult people, communication skills for women, stress management, etc.  Presentations can be in-person or via webinar.


Please contact Brianna Huber at if you are interested in presenting. 


WIW - April HikeOpen in a New Window


WIW Adventure Activity: Hiking at Matthiessen State Park

Stretch those legs and strap on those hiking boots!!  Spring is here, time to get moving!  Join Brianna Huber and Kyla Jacobsen for hiking at Matthiessen State Park.  We will meet at 10:00 am and go for a ~ 2 hour hike, then have lunch (bring your own sack lunch), and if you are really feeling motivated we will do another hike after lunch!  This is a great way to meet and get to know other women in the water industry!  Hope to see you there!

When:  April 28th, 2018 10:00 am

                      Backup date May 5th


Address:  2500 Illinois Route 178, Oglesby, IL 61348.  Once you enter the Matthiessen Dells area you should see a parking lot – this is where we will meet. 


Park Phone: 815-667-4868 (just in case)


Free event.  Register at


WATERCON MuseumOpen in a New Window

 WaterWorks Museum at WATERCON

This year we salute our Military folks and Women in Water. 


Do you have  any related  old photos, memorabilia, equipment, or  stories?  If so please bring them in, we would love to share them. We can honor these folks and enrich ourselves with their history. 


Also looking for volunteers to help docent the museum. No prior experience is needed. Just like the service!


What if I have nothing to volunteer this year?  That’s OK!   Please stop by the museum and check out Kitty Hach and other famous women in Water.

You're not able to join the WACs but  come to the WaterWorks Museum and find out all about them.


For more information, contact Bob Bohannon -



Employment Opportunity - IDPHOpen in a New Window

Environmental Engineer I


Springfield Central Office/Division of Environmental Health

The Illinois Department of Public Health, Office of Health Protection, has an opening for an Environmental Engineer I in the Springfield Central Office.  This individual independently performs elementary professional environmental engineering investigations, plan reviews, complaint investigations, and provides detailed technical reports for supervisory review and approval.  Additional duties include assisting in the enforcement of laws and regulations to provide safe and sanitary conditions in accordance with applicable standards for General and Environmental Engineering Programs within the Division. 


The successful candidate will demonstrate knowledge, skill and mental development equivalent to completion of four years college with a bachelor’s degree in engineering and coursework in sanitary, public health or environmental engineering, preferably from an ABET accredited university.  Prefer civil, environmental, mechanical or other applicable field of engineering.   


Successful candidates require elementary knowledge of the basic principles, practices, and subject matter of environmental engineering including the design, construction, and operation of environmental systems and devices.  The ability to interpret regulations, requirements, and policies of the program is also required as well as the ability to travel and possession of a valid Illinois driver’s license.  Excellent computer skills and work experience in Microsoft software products including, Word, Excel, Power-point, etc. is highly desirable. 


The current salary range for this position is $3,792 - $5,601 per month


  • 1) Download the Central Management Services (CMS) Employment Application (CMS-100) @;
  • 2) Complete the employment application indicating Environmental Engineer I as the position title, and;
  • 3) Mail directly to:

Tracy Chrans, HR Specialist
Illinois Department of Public Health - HR Department
535 W. Jefferson Street, 4th Floor
Springfield, IL  62761


(217) 785-2031,
If you have questions please contact our Human Resources Department


New Exhibitor Prospan ShoringOpen in a New Window


Welcome to one of our new exhibitors,  Prospan Shoring.  We provide first responders and others, dependable, easy-to-use equipment. Whether for trench wall support or structural and vehicular stabilizations, we’re here to support you…literally.  Learn more at

Visit Prospan at booth 61, second floor lobby. 


WFP - Shopping SiteOpen in a New Window

Welcome to the "shop for you" Water For People
silent auction page. 

Simply click on the link below to see the items available - choose one - and use your credit card at check out.  The item will magically show up in your booth at watercon so that you can participate in the 2018 wfp silent auction!  Combine several items and create a "themed" basket!


If you are not an exhibitor, you can still participate in the silent auction by purchasing an item.  Those items will be displayed in the center of the exhibit hall with a card showing who donated the item.


Don't want to participate in the silent auction - but still want to help water for people?  Just choose a donation amount from the page and we will forward your donation to water for people.

Questions?  Call us at 866-521-3595 x3




Meet our KeynoteOpen in a New Window

The word hero gets kicked around a lot today. Movie stars, celebrities, sports figures
– famous, beautiful, talented people whose names are easy to recognize. Veterans,
police officers, and teachers get called heroes a lot too... But are they really heroes?
Join retired Navy Captain and all-around BattleAxe Karen Baetzel as we take another look at what has happened to the word “hero” and hear her take on the very nature of heroism through four true stories, which might make you think of your own story in the water industry.

Karen Baetzel has a unique background of military, non-profit, and corporate leadership and has dedicated her efforts to sharing the lessons of servant leadership and inspired living, both to pay it back and pay it forward.

Capt. Baetzel retired after 30 years of commissioned service in the United States Navy,
as one of the Navy’s most senior female Naval Aviators. She is also one of the few Naval Aviators of either gender to qualify as an Aircraft Commander in fly helicopters, propeller and jet aircraft, amassing more than 2,000 military flight hours in six aircraft types and serving aboard seven ships.

After her Commanding Officer tour, she served on the elite Navy Leadership Training
Team for senior officers, and specialized in defense emergency preparedness and disaster response. Karen also specialized in defense emergency preparedness and disaster response, serving at the state level and in the Offices of the Secretary of Defense in the Pentagon. She was a military responder to numerous national emergencies, including the 9/11 attacks and Hurricane Katrina.

She is a former newspaper columnist, certified international mediator, and co-author
of three books. She has co-authored or contributed to books including World’s Best
Kept Public Speaking Secrets with Peter Fogel in 2009, Stepping Stones to Success,
coauthored with Deepak Chopra, Jack Canfield, and Dr. Denis Waitley, published in 2010, and Military Fly Moms, published in 2012. Karen holds undergraduate degrees in Business Management and Economics and a Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies from the prestigious Naval War College.

After successful engagements in the corporate world, Karen went on to found her own
business, BattleAxe Consulting Services in 2007. She now serves an international client base in leadership training and development, and homeland security and defense consulting.

Register to attend WATERCON 


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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