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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.



Opportunity to help Puerto RicoOpen in a New Window

With Thanksgiving upon us and Christmas not too far off, in the spirit of giving, I would like to make a plea on behalf of some friends, colleagues and fellow Americans in Puerto Rico.


Just over two months ago, Hurricane Maria made landfall in Puerto Rico devastating most of the Island. Today, much of the island is still without power and more than 1 million Americans are without safe water to drink.


I was in Denver recently where my friend and Puerto Rican, Warner Palermo shared his heart breaking story of Maria, describing how the devastation has and still is affecting his friends and family.


His story touched me to the point where I wanted to take some action. So when I returned home, I reached out to Warner and others in Puerto Rico to see what we could do. I was told there is a group of Puerto Rican volunteers who are trying to make a difference by traveling to rural towns and villages in an effort to repair water & wastewater systems. Although, their goals are daunting, they are confident they can be successful.


What they lack is resources and that’s where you come in. I have developed a website: where you can learn more about their story and donate needed supplies. These supplies will go DIRECTLY to the volunteers making a difference and will circumvent the bureaucracy that often gets in the way of progress.  


Please visit the site: and if you’re so inclined provide whatever assistance you can afford. This is being done in conjunction with the American Water Works Association who is managing tax deductible cash contributions and the AWWA Washington DC office who is attempting to leverage national resources from Federal agencies and manufacturers.


Please consider helping these Americans who are now forced to live in what can best be described as third world conditions.


Scholarship OpportunitiesOpen in a New Window

Financial Assistance for ISAWWA Members Pursuing Continuing Education

Think ISAWWA’s Scholarships are just for full-time college students?  Think again!  ISAWWA members who are pursuing continuing education are eligible too, and we want to help you advance your career in the water industry.  

Safe Water Scholarship

If you are going back to school for a bachelor’s or graduate degree related to your career path, or taking classes to obtain a higher operator certification, you are a candidate for the scholarships.  For example, one of our earliest scholarship winners was a utility employee who worked her way up from meter reading to working in the utility’s accounting division.  She went back to school to get a degree in accounting to enable her to continue advancing in that area of the utility’s operations.


One AWWA Operator Scholarship
The One AWWA Operator Scholarship addresses the present and future workforce need for operators by providing training and educational funding. 

The One AWWA Operator Scholarship is funded through a matching fund from AWWA’s The Water Equation Campaign and participating Sections .  ISAWWA will award up to the amount of $2,000 for Water Operating training and education annually.

IPSI Scholarship
The Illinois Section of the American Water Works Association (ISAWWA) will award a $500 scholarship towards tuition for each year, a total of $1500 of the three year IPSI program.

Applications are due by January 1, 2018 for the Safe Water & Operator Scholarships, and by January 15, 2018 for the IPSI Scholarship. 


For more information and to apply - go to



Fuller Award Nominations OpenOpen in a New Window

REQUEST FOR NOMINATIONS - Annually, each section of the American Water Works Association is requested to select a member of that section to receive the prestigious George Warren Fuller Award. This is one of the highest honors that can be bestowed on a water industry professional.  While the deadline for nominations isn’t until the end of December,  it isn’t too early to start thinking about who you would like to see receive this honor at the annual Section conference next March in Springfield. The nomination form can be accessed and submitted on line below.

QUALIFICATIONS - To qualify for the Fuller Award, the recipient must be a member of the Illinois Section AWWA. The award is intended to honor an individual for their distinguished service to the water supply industry in commemoration of the sound engineering skills, diplomatic talent and constructive leadership which characterized the life of George Warren Fuller.

Past Fuller Awardees Include:
2017: Greg Swanson, Moline, IL
2016: Terry McGhee, DuPage Water Commission
2015: John VanArsdel, ME Simpson Company
2014: Dennis Ross, Otter Lake Water Commission

Do you know someone of this calibre ?  You can nominate them for the Fuller Award today by using this link.



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.


WATERCON Keynote AnnouncedOpen in a New Window

Show Me a Hero...Monday March 19th, 2018

The word hero gets kicked around a lot today. Movie stars, Celebrities, Sports figures - famous, beautiful talented people who’s names that are easy to recognize. Veterans, police officers, 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..No pat answers here, but a lot of compelling questions.


Become an AWWA Utility MemberOpen in a New Window

December 8, 2017



 ....for nonutility members 

$100 Discount for New Small Utilities

Have you wanted to become an ISAWWA Utility member, but thought the cost was prohibitive???  AWWA has a promotion going on right now for small utilities (that's less than 5000 service connections).  Join now, and they will take $100.00 off your utility registration.   


With Utility membership, all of your employees will enjoy these benefits:


FREE live and archived webinars (worth RTCs for your Operator personnel license renewal)
Discounts to all events – seminars, mini-conferences and even WATERCON

Monthly legislative update
SPLASH magazine & AWWA Journal and Optflow (for the Named Representative at your Utility)

Free career listings with national exposure

Access to dozens of committee networking opportunities and projects

Upcoming 2018 members only events
Qualify to apply for scholarships – see the One AWWA Operator Scholarship, Outreach Scholarships & IPSI information.

Qualify to participate in WATERCON contests that get you free registration to the conference and hotel reimbursement.


JOIN NOW - Use this application to get the discount.


Not a Small Utility?  Okay - we will let you have $100.00 off too!  Fill out this Utility membership and send it to Matt Hemmendinger - - telling him in your email that you want the discount.


Don't delay - this offer goes away at the end of 2017!





Opportunity to Advertise in ISAWWA Training ManualOpen in a New Window


For the very first time, ISAWWA is selling an opportunity to advertise in their yearly Training Catalog.  The Catalog is mailed in early January to over 25,000 people and posted online and seen by thousands more


Showcase your company by purchasing a 1/2 page ad in the catalog - only 8 will be sold.  For more information - CLICK HERE or call Sandi at 866-521-3595 x3.


The deadline for purchase has been extended, but not for long - so make sure to get yours today!


New Members: November, 2017Open in a New Window



Meet our new members who joined in November, 2017.  A special welcome to all our new wastewater MWRD members and students!  If you see them at any upcoming area activities, please welcome them!!

First Name Last Name Company Name
Kenny Austin Fox Metro WRD
Junli Bai MWRD
John Beintema Ameren Illinois
Jaisheel Bommala Peoria, IL
Carl Camacho MWRD
Richard Campbell MWRD
Gary Cane Efficient HVAC
Joe Carlston Chemtrade Logistics
David Chasse Rockwell Automation
Greg Cherry Kishwaukee WRD
Jamie Cochrane Kishwaukee WRD
John Collins Nalco Company
Jeffrey Conte City of Quincy
Bryan Cook Environmental Leverage
Donna Coolidge MWRD
Ashley Dickey Illinois American Water
Lucas Djehdiam Champaign, IL
Meghan Drew Morton, IL
Matt Entile Fox Metro WRD
Peter Espinosa Kunsham Elite Instruments
Tracy Finnegan Environmental Leverage
Kevin Fitzpatrick MWRD
Jeffrey Fullone Fox Metro WRD
Kyle Georgopoulos Village of North Riverside
Adam Gerstner City of O'Fallon
GES Biotek Batavia, IL
Moe Giglio Calumet City Plumbing
Sanjay Goel MWRD
Tim Grgec CWLP
Udit Gupta University of Illinois At UC
Brett Hake Fox Metro WRD
Ryan Hamerlinck Village of Coal Valley
Megan Hanelt Marengo, IL
Allisa Hastie Urbana, IL
Suzanne Heck Kayak Consulting
Guillian Hernandez Dezurik APCO
Mike Horton Fox Metro WRD
Ben Humm Fox Metro WRD
Mark Ilker MWRD
Samarjeet Kadam University of Illinois At UC
Rasagnya Kaza Peoria, IL
Yong Kim MWRD
Andrew Klotz Fox Metro WRD
Ahmad Laban MWRD
Panu Lansiri MWRD
Ela Lodzinski Addison, IL
John Ludwig MWRD
Angela Magnuson Palos Park, IL
Terence Maiellaro MWRD
Gage Martinez Evanston, IL
Jeremy Mathre Fox Metro WRD
Steve McCance GES Biotek
Joe McFadden 4RF USA
Alisa Mingmongkol MWRD
Lindsay Muth Aurora, IL
Karuna Namburi Peoria, IL
Scott Nelson Hinsdale, IL
Ms. Nikita Peoria, IL
Jennifer Oakes Environmental Leverage
Nick Oconnor MWRD
Lucille Oduocha MWRD
Jonathan Olszewslo MWRD
Tim Oravec MWRD
Andrew Orosco Fox Metro Water Reclamation District
Suad Paratusic MWRD
Kirit Patel Cicero, IL
Bipinbhai Patel MWRD
Vrunda Patel University of Illinois At UC
Allen Peng Urbana, IL
Cassie Reimbold MSOE
Dev Rijal Metropolitan Water Reclamation District
Rick Russo Village of Addison
Claire Samojedny Aurora, IL
Alfred Saucedo MWRD
Ashok Shah Lakeside Equipment Corporation
Navneet Sharma University of Illinois
Brent Shraiberg MWRD
Jamyn Simonik Environmental Leverage
Joseph Snyder Peoria, IL
Nolan Sovcik Western Springs, IL
Kurt Spaletto Metropolitan Wtr. Reclamation Dist.
Nagasabitha Sripathi Peoria, IL
Cole Strickland Hydra-Stop
Carter Strien Champaign, IL
Venkata Talluri Peoria, IL
Juhi Tilak Champaign, IL
James Urek Batavia, IL
Leo Valdez Metropolitan Wtr. Reclamtion Dist
Carl Vavouleas Village of Manhattan
Joel Vega MWRD
Scott Walker GES Biotek
Eric Wallace Meredith Culligan Water
Steven Whitehead MWRD


New AWWA Manuals available for purchase”Open in a New Window

“New AWWA Manuals available for purchase”


ISAWWA members are advised that AWWA has recently made available two (2) new manuals for drinking water professionals. Both manuals are related to water quality topics of current interest to Illinois Water Utilities and provide useful information to help operators and managers make better decisions related to water quality in distribution systems.


M58 Internal Corrosion Control in Water Distribution Systems, Second Edition


ISBN: 9781625762023

Publisher: AWWA

AWWA catalog no: 30058-2E


Number of pages: 207


M58 provides an explanation of the factors that influence corrosion, assesses corrosion-related impacts, and discusses the development of a strategy to implement and maintain effective corrosion control in the water distribution system.

M68 Water Quality in Distribution Systems


ISBN: 9781613004234

Publisher: AWWA

AWWA catalog no: 30068-PDF

Number of pages: 434


M68 will help drinking water utilities and professionals understand the factors that affect water quality, ways to address them and best practices for optimizing distribution system water quality.


HELP ISAWWA - WIN AN ATV??Open in a New Window



Student? Join AWWA Now for FREE!Open in a New Window

Are you a student?  The Illinois Section AWWA wants YOU!  Why become a student member of AWWA?

1.      Find a Job– AWWA’s Career Center has hundreds of listings for positions with utilities, manufacturers and consulting engineering companies.

2.      Connect with Water Professionals– Make connections and meet the right people. AWWA members have many opportunities to network with water professionals and participate in workshops, volunteer events, and webinars. Build important skill sets while making friends and important professional connections.

3.      Pay for Classes– AWWA awards scholarships worth over $100,000 to undergraduate and graduate students for their work studying water issues.

4.      Stay Informed–Student members get access to peer-reviewed Journal - AWWA, the premier water industry magazine, as well as a full resource community covering a wide variety of water-related topics.

5.      Make a difference– Have a direct impact on water issues affecting your community and help ensure a better world through better water.

6.      And, FREE - Now through December 31, 2017, AWWA is offering free membership to all new student members who join! Use promo code GIFT at checkout.


Take advantage of this great offer!  Use this link to join today!

Questions?  Give us a call at 866-521-3595 x3 or email

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