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Needs For Puerto Rico AWWAOpen in a New Window

There is still a need for clean drinking water and supplies in Puerto Rico following the devastating Hurricane Maria. Many parts of the island still lack access to reliable power and water service. The Puerto Rico Section of AWWA has established a relief organization to help restore water service and provide essential supplies while awaiting completion of permanent repairs to their water systems. Please consider joining this effort by donating at This is a donation drive I created with support from my employer to raise funds for needed supplies. Supplies will be shipped directly to the relief organizers through Puerto Rico AWWA. 


Small Systems Looking for AuthorsOpen in a New Window

The AWWA Small Systems Committee Chair would like you to know...

Lindsey Geiger is the chair of the AWWA sub-committee M74 manual of practice, Managing Water Projects in Small or Rural Communities. She is canvassing to see if anyone would like to participate in the development of M74, which is targeted for publication in the next couple of years. 

In particular, we are looking for volunteers who can serve as authors for any of the chapters listed in the attached detailed outline. We are also very much in need for lead authors for Chapter 5: Regulatory Overview; and Chapter 7: Project Case Studies.

If you are interested in helping with M74, please me, and I'll get you the forms you need to complete to volunteer. My email is


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.


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. 


New Members: December, 2017Open in a New Window



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

First Name Last Name or Org Name Company Name
Timothy Alston UIUC
Brent Anderson City of Belvidere
Kim Armstrong Urbana & Champaign Sanitary District
Dennis Askew Rahco Rubber
Jessi Baker Urbana & Champaign Sanitary District
Jean Baptiste USABlueBook
Katrina Blank USABlueBook
Dana Blassingame USABlueBook
Denise Buckley Pollardwater
Maria Cagigas Trade Commission of Spain
Jim Campbell Village of Roselle
Criste Collins USABlueBook
Dan Coulter Village of Villa Park
Richard Devroeg Village of Deerfield
John Fawcett North Shore Water Reclamation District
Igor Filipovich North Shore Water Reclamation District
Sergio Godinez Village of Lincolnwood
Leah Goldman Mundelein, IL
Kristina Guevara Bloomingdale, IL
Joe Heberlein Clayton Camp Point Water Comm.
Nikole Karanikolas USABlueBook
Nick Kim Urana & Champaign Sanitary District
Adam Kirby ComEd
Jennifer Kirchner USABlueBook
David Koller USABlueBook
Christopher Larsen Village of Deerfield Public Works
Luke Markko Wauconda, IL
Edgar Mendoza RRWRD
Dwana Miller Urbana & Champaign Sanitary District
Jim Mrugacz Village of Roselle
Jason Neighbors Village of Plainfield
Bobby Norman USABlueBook
Guillermo Nunez North Shore Water Reclamation District
Evinn Palmer City of Lewistown
John Pruden City of Salem
Mike Reid Urana & Champaign Sanitary District
Mark Roscoe City of Prospect Heights
Stephanie Schramm University of Illinois Urbana Champaign
AJ Schumacher Urbana & Champaign Sanitary District
Scott Stevenson Hardy Pro-Air
Mike Szmergalski Village of Roselle
Dave Troxell City of Petersburg-Water Plant
Jonathan Tuomey Village of Roselle
Jordan Venatta Urana & Champaign Sanitary District
Dan Wade USABlueBook
Amy Wagner Village of Brookfield
Scott Wal Monoxivent
City of Canton Canton, IL
City of Petersburg Petersburg, IL
City of Salem Salem, IL
City of Warrenville Warrenville, IL
Jersey Rural Water Co. Jerseyville, IL
Robinson-Palestine Water Commission Robinson, IL


Aurora Best Tasting Water in Kane CountyOpen in a New Window



Aurora aldermen celebrate Aurora's 2016 Best Tasting Water in Kane County Award


Aurora has once again earned the title of Best Water in Kane County!

At the 2017 Kane County Water Association's Water Taste Test Contest held yesterday, a panel of judges tasted water from municipalities throughout Kane County and scored the water samples on taste, odor and color. Aurora proved to have the best water among the 9 municipalities in the contest.

This year marks the seventh time that the City of Aurora has earned the top accolades in the contest. The previous wins were in 1998, 2000, 2006, 2008, 2013 and 2016.

"None of this is possible without the daily effort of each member of our team," said Water Production Superintendent David Schumacher. "Whether it is maintaining equipment, operating systems, general upkeep of our sites, processing samples and performing analyses, budgeting for our required supplies, or any of the other necessary tasks to keep the Water Production Division going strong."

Aurora's drinking water has also earned state and national recognition both for its great taste and its safety.

The City won the best-tasting water in the State of Illinois in 1999, 2000, 2007, 2008 and 2009. 

In 2015, the Partnership for Safe Water, a national initiative to improve the quality of drinking water across the country, recognized Aurora's Water Production team with its President's Award.

This 2017 win in Kane County advances Aurora to the state water tasting competition next spring where cities will vie for the title of Best Water in Illinois.


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.

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