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Chris Walton earns PEOpen in a New Window





               Engineering Enterprises, Inc. (EEI) is proud to announce that Christopher Walton whose hometown is Buffalo Grove, Illinois has passed the Professional Engineer (P.E.) exam and has earned the title of Professional Engineer in the State of Illinois. 

Walton is a 2011 graduate from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a BS in Civil and Environmental Engineering. Since joining EEI in 2013, Chris has become an important member of our Environmental Group working on various water and wastewater projects. He is an active member of the Illinois Section American Water Works Association Young Professionals Committee.

With his P.E. licensure, Walton joins 19 other licensed professional engineers at EEI. In addition, he has also been promoted to Senior Project Engineer I status within the organization.

               The P.E. license is the engineering profession’s highest standard of competence, regulated by the State in the interest of supporting integrity within the profession and public safety. It is a symbol of achievement and assurance of quality.

Engineering Enterprises, Inc., founded in 1974, is a progressive, award winning consulting engineering firm which provides planning, design and construction services for water, wastewater, transportation, stormwater and GIS to municipalities, counties, and state agencies throughout northern Illinois.  For additional information, visit


Outreach Meetings - USEPAOpen in a New Window

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of the Army (the agencies) will hold ten teleconferences to hear from stakeholders their recommendations to revise the definition of “Waters of the United States” under the Clean Water Act (CWA). Nine of the teleconferences will be tailored to a specific sector, i.e., agriculture (row crop, livestock, silviculture); conservation (hunters and anglers); small entities (small businesses, small organizations, small jurisdictions); construction and transportation; environment and public advocacy (including health and environmental justice); mining; industry (energy, chemical, oil/gas); scientific organizations and academia; and stormwater, wastewater management, and drinking water agencies. One of the teleconferences will be open to the general public at large.

The teleconferences will run throughout the fall on Tuesdays from 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm Eastern Time, beginning on September 19, 2017. In addition, the agencies will hold an in-person meeting with small entities on October 23, 2017 from 9:00 am – 11:00 am Eastern Time.

Here is a link for more information. 


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.


USEPA WebinarOpen in a New Window

Drinking Water State Revolving Fund and Capacity Building in Action: Water Loss Management

Thursday, September 28th, 2017, 1:00-2:30 pm ET

Water auditing and loss control programs provide effective ways for a utility to conserve water, save operating expenses, and increase revenues. DWSRF set-asides can be used to fund water loss management activities in order to build the capacity of systems. This webinar will showcase results from states that have adopted programs under the American Water Works Association M36 Methodology, including Georgia, California, Utah, and Hawaii. The webinar will also include an overview of water loss regulatory developments, research on water loss data and widespread challenges faced by systems.


Registration Link:



Susanna Bains

Office of Ground Water and Drinking Water

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency




Welcome New Members!Open in a New Window



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

First Name Last Name Organization
Brian Amsler St Louis, MO
Matt Banach Village of Palatine Public Works
Joe Brand Village of Palatine Public Works
Tom Buffington Val-Matic Valve & Mfg. Corp.
Matt Carls Midwest Meter, Inc.
Erik Fiscus Village of Palatine Public Works
Heather Galan Lake County Public Works
Judd Giffin Giffin Engineering, Inc.
Jay Kernan Village of Palatine Public Works
Marcy Leach Cherry Valley, IL
Tim Malcolm Village of Palantine
Ben Morman Midwest Meter Inc.
Mike Mullarkey Mullarkey Associates, Inc.
Devon Principe USABlueBook
Drew Scranton Sensus
Thomas Shirley Arlington Heights, IL
Jim Sullivan Greeley and Hansen
Tyler Tucker Sensus
Marty Zamecnik Village of Carol Stream
Village of Lindenhurst Lindenhurst, IL


Request for Input - Adm Code 380Open in a New Window

Proposed Amendments to 35 Ill. Adm. Code 380
The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency is working on amendments to its rules governing wastewater treatment works operators found at 35 Ill. Adm. Code 380. Prior to the finalization of these amendments, the Agency is soliciting feedback on the draft rules.

Below are a letter requesting comments and a draft of proposed amendments.

Bureau of Water Letter
Proposed Amendments to 35 Ill. Adm. Code 380

Please submit comments regarding the draft amendments via email to Rex Gradeles at by September 29, 2017


CWS Design, Operations and Maintenance RegulationsOpen in a New Window

CWS Design, Operations and Maintenance Regulations


Dear Stakeholder:


The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency wishes to thank you for your value added input and assistance in getting the proposed rules governing the design, operation and maintenance of community water supplies filed with the Illinois Pollution Control Board.  You may recall, the regulatory proposal contains revisions to Subtitle F of the Board’s rules for community water supplies.  The proposed rules are the culmination of five years of work from an Illinois EPA workgroup.   The newly proposed Part 604 consolidates current community water supply operation, design and maintenance rules into a single, cohesive part.  It covers source development, source water protection, aeration, clarification, filtration, disinfection, softening, stabilization, anion exchange, iron and manganese control, taste and odor control, powdered activated carbon, chemical application, pumping facilities, storage, distribution and cross-connections. The regulatory proposal also includes Operating Permits by Rule for water main extensions and construction projects not requiring disinfection. 


In response to the Agency’s filing, the Illinois Pollution Control Board will hold two public hearings and accept comments before the rules are filed with the Secretary of State for First Notice publication in the Illinois Register.  If you are interested in participating in this rulemaking, you can contact the Illinois Pollution Control Board and asked to be included on the notice list. 


The proposed rules and supporting documentation prepared by the Agency can be viewed on the Clerk’s Office On-Line at .



Joanne M. Olson
Deputy General Counsel
Illinois Environmental Protection Agency
1021 North Grand Avenue East, P.O. Box 19276
Springfield, Il 62794-9276
Phone:  217-782-5544 / Fax:  217-782-9807


Women In Water - Sign Up For UpdatesOpen in a New Window

Calling all Women Who Work In Water

Did you know that you do not have to be a Women in Water (WIW) committee member to connect with others who support women in the industry and reap the benefits of the WIW committee’s efforts?  Please visit the WIW public webpage at and click on “request membership” in the upper right hand corner of the page.  Requesting membership does not sign you up for the WIW committee, but it does add you to the group so that you will automatically receive WIW event information, stay up to date with WIW news, and be able to search for and connect with other women and supportive men in the industry with whom you can start creating your tribe.  Don’t wait for the next WIW event to get to know the women in this industry, start connecting now by joining!


North American Water Loss ConferenceOpen in a New Window

North American Water Loss Conference

Make plans to attend the North American Water Loss Conference taking place December 3-5, 2017 at the Paradise Point Resort in San Diego, California! 

Discussions will take place over two days on developing water loss policies, auditing your system, reducing apparent losses, controlling leakage, managing pressures, and documenting your progress, both for you and for your regulators. 

Registration is now open and Early Bird Pricing ends September 1, 2017. The registration rate includes admission to all of the technical sessions, the exhibit hall, the Sunday reception, Monday and Tuesday lunch and Monday evening dinner. 

You can find additional information about this conference, including registration, schedule, and hotel details here:


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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