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Village of Norridge - Seeking Proposals for Leak DetectionOpen in a New Window

Request for Proposal for Leak Detection The Village of Norridge, located in Cook County Illinois, hereby gives notice that the Public Works Department is soliciting proposals for the Leak Detection Program. The proposal shall supply three (3) price quotes bases on a 1 year contract, 2 year contract and 3 year contract.


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Jobs This Month in the Water IndustryOpen in a New Window

April Jobs E-Newsletter
    American Water Work Association - Illinois Section

Employers, Include Your Open Positions on the next Jobs E-Newsletter!
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Below are some of the hundreds of exciting professional opportunities available on AWWA Illinois Section Career Center.


Woodridge, Illinois
DuPage County

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Chief Wastewater Facilities Operator
Woodridge, Illinois
DuPage County

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Water Plant Operator
Girard, Illinois
Otter Lake Water Commission

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Water Operations Technician
Darien, Illinois
DuPage County

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Water/Wastewater Process Engineer
Bloomington, Illinois
Farnsworth Group, Inc.

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Water/Wastewater Operator
Midwest Contract Operations

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AWWA (American Water Works Association) Illinois Section, 545 S. Randall Road, St. Charles, IL 60174



Rory L. "Big R" Maltrotto - 60Open in a New Window

Rory L. "Big R" Maltrotto - 60

7/18/1956 - 4/7/2017 
Rory L. “Big R” Maltrotto, age 60, resident of Marseilles, Il passed away April 7th. A longtime Thornton resident and graduate of Thornwood High School. Husband for 40 years of Cathy nee Larmon. “Dad” of Nanette (Lou) Mezydlo. Devoted “grandpa” of Nicholle Mezydlo whom he affectionately called “Boo”. Brother of Sherry (Dan) Blondeel, Rondi (Jocelyn Rot) Maltrotto, Lisa (Joe) Giuffre and Roger E. Maltrotto. Son of the late Carlotta nee Carrara and Roger R. Maltrotto. Awesome uncle of Braden McClements and Mei Giuffre and dear friend of many. Rory had a successful 35-year career in Public Works for the Villages of East Hazel Crest and Glenwood. Past Director of East Hazel Crest Public Works, Past President of South Suburban Water Works Assoc., and Past Officer of the South Suburban Public Works Assoc. His love producing and watching a good fireworks show, the Blackhawks, Top Fuel Drag Racing and trips on his Harley were only exceeded by the love for his beloved family and the people and municipalities he served. Rory’s was a life well lived, he will be greatly missed. A celebration of Rory’s life will be held on Saturday April 29th, 4:00 PM at the Thornton American Legion Hall, 109 N. Williams Street, Thornton. For further information please contact Panozzo Bros. Funeral Home, Chicago Heights at (708) 481-9230 or


Illinois Section Holds Model Water Tower CompetitionOpen in a New Window

ILLINOIS Section Holds First Ever

Model Water Tower Building Contest


March 18, 2017
Westmont Jr High School



In the spirit of Outreach, the Illinois Section AWWA held our first student Model Water Tower Building contest.   Other AWWA Sections, including Florida, Georgia and Pennsylvania have conducted these competitons, and it is a great way to get school districts involved in the water industry.  It builds community with the municipality and the students and is a FUN way to learn about Science, Technology, Engineering & Math!


53 students from Westmont Jr High and Westview Jr High Schools competed and the winners were:


First Place: Matt Pecard & Diellya Dalipi

Second Place: Zakareeya Amra and Adrian Xhemali

Third Place: Cali Landwehr and Airzona Gasme



To view more photos of these amazing students and their Water Towers - visit



Training Opportunity from FEMAOpen in a New Window

Exercise Description:

This Virtual Tabletop Exercises (VTTX) will focus on an earthquake occurring in your community, using historical events and Hazus simulations.

The VTTX involves key personnel discussing simulated scenarios in an informal setting, and can be used to assess plans, policies, training, and procedures.  This VTTX differs from other tabletop exercises in that it will be conducted using Video-Teleconference (VTC) technology (not a web‑based program), and is intended to provide an opportunity for responders across the Nation to simultaneously participate in a hazard-specific facilitated discussion.  Lead facilitation for the exercise will be coordinated by EMI, with local facilitation provided by the participating agency.  This format will allow the common delivery of exercise materials, scenarios, modules, and discussion questions among those participating in the exercise.



WFP Silent Auction ThanksOpen in a New Window


A huge THANK YOU to all those exhibitors at WATERCON217 who donated an item to this year’s silent auction.  The Illinois Section was able to donate nearly $8,000 to Water for People with your support and help. This year’s events went very well because of your donations and support. The ISAWWA Water for People Committee did a great job with the setup of the silent auction and collecting payments from our high bidders and the raffle went very well both nights. The Water Distribution and Sewer Collection Committees raised $110.00 with the extra basketball shots and CWLP recycled the pipe from the Tapping Competition, bringing in an additional $90.30.  We look forward to working with each one of you next year and raising even more money for Water for People. Together we will change someone’s life.


Dennis Ross
Water for People
Committee Chair - ISAWWA


Welcome to our Newest Members!Open in a New Window



Our new members in January, February & March, 2017.  If you see them at any upcoming area activities, please welcome them!!


City of Waverly Waverly, IL
Adam Harrington City of Mascoutah
Alan Rieckenberg City of Pickneyville
Amanda Burns Black & Veatch
Ashley Karr Village of Arlington Heights
Ben Spreen Benton and Associates
Brandon Daufenbach City of Elgin Water Department
Brian Dumstorff Southern Illinois University of Edwardsville
Brian Nott Fehr-Graham
Cari Ishida Carollo Engineers
Carl Whitmire Skybitz Tank Monitoring
Charles McCarrey Illinois American Water
Chenxr Jiang Champaign, IL
Chetan Kale Kaletech, Inc
Chris Onwiler Village of Oak Lawn
Colin Richards Chicago, IL
Dago Hela Chicago, IL
Dan Brill Springfield City Water, Light & Power
Dave Montes Teklab, Inc.
Dave Montgomery US Ecology
David Landshof Lake County Public Works
David Slivinski The Horton Group
Don Coats PDC Labs
Ed Pansa Village of Steger
Edwin Stoelinga Edwin Hancock Engrg Co
Erick Xicotencatl Aurora, IL
Flavio Ribeiro PQ Corporation
Gary Scott City of Ottawa
Grace Wright Illinois American Water
Hanting Wang Greeley & Hansen
Harry Mason III Kenny Construction Company
Hugh Miranzadeh Chicago, IL
James Canning University of Illinois At Urbana-Champaign
Jennifer Loconsole Black & Veatch
Jennifer Loconsole Black & Veatch
Jewel Brant IPEA
Jim Lapaczonek Pumping Solutions
John Buschman Village of Westmont
John Greaney Gasvoda & Associates Inc
John Jagielo City of Elmhurst
John Kelly City of Elmhurst
John Lambert Siemens
John Varner Lake Forest Water Department
Jonah Coleman Park City, IL
Kelly Borman Downers Grove, IL
Kelly Miles City of Rock Island
Ken Enda Village of Bolingbrook
Kevin Zhu Champaign, IL
Kimberly Hart City of Decatur
Kurt Linn IDEXX Laboratories
Lakshmi Sahithi Panchagnula University of Illinois
Larry Lohmar Village of Elwood
Larry Rigler City of West Chicago
Mark Toennies Southern Illinois University of Edwardsville
Michael English Pentair Valves & Controls
Miguel Romo Incendio Fire Protection
Mike Grinnell Lake County Public Works
Mike Ignoffo Village of Arlington Heights
Nick Cataldo United Rentals Trench Safety
Reynold Eller Village of Ramsey
Richard Hansen Southern Illinois University of Edwardsville
Robert Gilbert Jacob and Hefner Associates
Ruth Marfil-Vega American Water
Ryan Doyle Village Of New Lenox
Sean Davenport Carus Corporation
Sean Kelly Chicago, IL
Shawn McGrath Village of Wilmette
Sophie Manley City of Chicago Water -Jardine Water Purification
Steve Edwards City of Waverly
Steve Frank Springfield City Water, Light & Power
Steve Moore Fox River Water Reclamation District
Steve Randolph Horner & Shifrin
Steven Lappe City of Carlyle
Thomas Buchheit Bric Partnership, LLC
Tianjiao Pu Champaign, IL
Todd Ray Crystal Lake, IL
Tricia Anklan West Monroe Partners
Varenya Mehta Urbana, IL
Vaughn Voelker City of Altamont
Veronica Hall Robinson Engineering, Ltd.
Wayne Mitchell Morrisonville, IL
Wyatt Mach CCRA Professional Services




WATERCON2017 - Competition WinnersOpen in a New Window

DIDN'T MAKE IT TO WATERCON2017!  Here's the winning competitors you MISSED!


Hydrant Hysteria

First Place
Town of Cortland
/Village of Sugar Grove
Joel Summerhill
Jeff Lemke
Second Place
 Village of Lake in the Hills Kevin Rivera
Mike Statt
Third Place  City of Des Plaines Brian Burton
Tony LoVerde


Top Ops

First Place City of Elgin
Mike Bourgerie
Brad Huerta
Eddie Ramos
41 points
Second Place City of Highland Park
Insane in the Membranes

Marianne Evangelista
Chris Cizek

Gale Young

 24 points
Third Place City of Lake Forest
Membrane Masters
Mike Tiegs
Jose Diaz
Steve Hill
9 points


Meter Madness

First Place Village of Franklin Park Pete Cajigas 1:02:67
Second Place Stone Dental Ed Cheng 1:03:25


Pipe Tapping

Men's Division    
First Place Village of Arlington Heights

Ryan Holthouse
Dave Nordin

John Preucil
Mike Ignoffo

Second Place City of Elmhurst Mike Grossi
Korey Epert
Bill Murray
Chris Dufort
Women's Division    
First Place Land of Lincoln Ladies Tappers Vee Trevino
Briget Schwab
Andrea Putz


Finally, the "overall" Championship was won by the City of Chicago - with 11 points


Congratulations to all our winners - and good luck in Philadelphia!!


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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