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Groundwater grant proposal timeOpen in a New Window

Hello IGA Members and Friends,
It is that time of year again when we are seeking proposals from college students for grant assistance for their research in groundwater-related topics!  The deadline is fast approaching, November 11, 2016.
If you know a student that might be interested in applying for a $1,000 grant, please send them to this website for details:

Feel free to invite a college or university in Illinois that has a Geology/Hydrology/Environmental program to encourage their students to apply.
We also invite middle school and high school applicants too!
Amy M Gahala
Illinois Groundwater Association



You still have a chance to purchase a ticket to win your choice of one of the 3 motorcycles below and to help the Illinois Section at the same time!  For every ticket that someone from Illinois purchases, Ride With Purpose with rebate a portion back to the Illinois Section. 
Time is running out!  Don't delay - to purchase a ticket - go to


Looking for Judges for the Illinois Junior Science FairOpen in a New Window

Have you ever attended a Science Fair presentation at WATERCON?  Do you wonder where we get those kids from?


Each year IJAS (Illinois Junior Academy of Science) holds a state-wide science fair.  It gives a reason for students with a special interest in science to go beyond the classroom curriculum and develop their own investigation(s). It encourages students in their progress towards a career in science.  


Of course, we are particularly interested in those projects that relate to the water industry. Help us find those projects - sign up to be a Science Fair Judge! 


The competition for 2017 is being held at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Illinois on Saturday, May 6th..  It is not necessary to have an engineering or water operator background to judge, just a desire to be part of ISAWWA Outreach and have some fun!


To register to become a judge at this event - go to


Guidance for Designing Communications Systems for Water Quality Surveillance and Response SystemsOpen in a New Window

PA’s Water Security Division has just released a new product as part of the Water Quality Surveillance and Response System.  The Guidance for Designing Communications Systems for Water Quality Surveillance and Response Systems can be downloaded at

Online water quality and enhanced security monitoring components of a Water Quality Surveillance and Response System (SRS) require that data be transmitted from remote monitoring locations to a control center using a wired or wireless data communications system. This new guidance document describes the overall process for identifying available communications technologies, establishing evaluation criteria, comparing alternatives, and selecting a technology (or technologies).




Jobs added this monthOpen in a New Window


September Jobs E-Newsletter


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Employers, Include Your Open Positions on the next Jobs E-Newsletter!
Learn More »


Below are some of the hundreds of exciting professional opportunities available on AWWA Illinois Section Career Center.


Superintendent of Utility Services
Des Plaines, Illinois
City of Des Plaines

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Assistant Water Superintendent
Dawson, Illinois
Village of Dawson, IL

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Water Treatment Plant Foreman
Rock Island, Illinois
Rock Island Integrated Services

View Job

Utilities Technician I
Gilberts, Illinois
Village of Gilberts

View Job

Utilities Technician III/ Deputy Utilities Superintendent
Gilberts, Illinois
Village of Gilberts

View Job

Water Treatment Plant Maintenance Mechanic II
Lake Bluff, Illinois
Central Lake County Joint Action Water Agency

View Job

Assistant Superintendent of Utilities Division Production & Treatment
Elmhurst, Illinois
The City of Elmhurst

View Job

Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator
Elmhurst, Illinois
The City of Elmhurst

View Job

Utility Plumber
Moline, Illinois
City of Moline

View Job

Water Distribution Mechanic
Moline, Illinois
City of Moline

View Job


View All Jobs


Be sure to update your resume on AWWA Illinois Section Career Center, so employers can contact you privately about job opportunities.




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





Welcome New Members: August, 2016Open in a New Window



Our new members in August, 2016.  If you see them at any upcoming area activities, please welcome them!!


First Name Last Name Organization
Gerry Bakker US EPA Region 5
Kimberly Blech Ingredion Incorporated
Anthony Bouchard CDM Smith
Dominic Brose MWRDGC
Alberto Bruno Village of Bloomingdale
Mike Collignon Green Builder Coalition
Luci Cozzi City of Chicago Dept of Water Management
Billy Czapla Pumping Solutions
Mark Dalla Costa Val-Matic Valves & Mfg. Corp.
Dan Dorsey Val-Matic Valves & Mfg Corp
John Eggers Princeton Water Department
Daniel Foster Village of Palos Park
Austin Freiburger Baxter & Woodman Inc.
Timothy Gualandri Greeley and Hansen
Matt Johnson Xylem Water Solutions
Zak Lasemi University of Illinois
Richard Ledgerwood Bloomington, IL
Katrina Leight Industrial Network Systems
Dominique Lellek Heyl Brothers North America L.P.
Sara Locke Apex Companies, LLC
Olga Lyandres Alliance For the Great Lakes
William McCoy Phigenics, LLC
James Meece IL Assoc. of Community Action Agencies/ILRCAP
Michael Montana City of Rockford
Catherine Morley RJN Group
Steve Nelson Clevest
Helen Nguyen University of Illinois
Michael Pedone Water Resources, Inc
Bev Potts Illinois Plumbing Heating Cooling Contractors Asso
Tim Randall City of Washington Water Dept.
John Robak Greeley and Hansen
Steve Robison American Foundry Society
Bryan Rusch Downers Grove, IL
Tyler Russell Progress Environmental
Debra Shore Metropolitan Water Reclamation District
David St. Pierre Metropolitan Water Reclamation District
Katherine Stephens Stanley Consultants
Chris Walton Engineering Enterprises
Jennifer Wilson Illinois Water Resources Center
University of Illinois At Urbana-Champaign
Lisa Wojnarowski CGLG
Tim Woods Ford Meter Box Company
Kaitlin Wright Baxter & Woodman
James Ylisela Ragan Communications


Otter Lake Water Taking Bids On GeneratorOpen in a New Window

Otter Lake Water Commission is accepting sealed bids on a 500 KW diesel generator. This ran our entire water plant.

The Otter Lake Water Commission recently upgraded its water treatment plant which required a larger generator. We are currently accepting sealed bids for our low hour 500kw  Caterpillar diesel generator. The form for submitting a bid is linked below in this article. 

Dennis Ross

General Manager


Otter Lake Water Commission

6475 W Montgomery Road, PO Box 468

Virden  IL 62690


(217) 965-1566 phone

(217) 965-1530 fax


AWWA Award Nominations DueOpen in a New Window

Abel Wolman Award of Excellence

This award recognizes those whose careers in the water works industry exemplify vision, creativity, and excellent professional performance characteristic of Abel Wolman's long and productive career. 

2016 Recipient:  Dr. Michael McGuire, California/Nevada Section


Award of Merit

This award is to recognize those outside the water industry who have demonstrated outstanding service in support of the principles of AWWA in providing better water for people.

2016 Recipient:  Senator Barbara Boxer, California/Nevada Section

                               and Congressman Bob Gibbs, Ohio Section


Distinguished Public Service Award

This award is presented in recognition of distinguished public service outside the line of duty by an AWWA member. 

2016 Recipient:  Steve Dennis, California/Nevada Section


Diversity Award

This award is presented to recognize the individual or organization that has created, promoted, and maintained diversity within an organization by establishing an environment that recognizes, encourages, and effectively utilizes each individual’s talents. 

2016 Recipients:  Minneapolis Water Treatment & Distribution Services Division, Minnesota Section


Dr. John L. Leal Award

The Dr. John L. Leal Award is presented annually for distinguished service to the water profession in commemoration of the sound medical/public health expertise and the courageous leadership advancing public health that characterized the life of Dr. John L. Leal.

2016 Recipient:  City of Grand Rapids Water System, Michigan Section






Honorary Member Award

This award is presented each year to individuals whose knowledge and accomplishments in the field of water supply entitle them to special recognition. 

2016 Recipients:  Dr. Bruce A. Macler, California/Nevada Section

                                   Richard Talley, Texas Section


Outstanding Service to AWWA Award

This award recognizes and honors a member of AWWA who has demonstrated outstanding service to the Association through leadership and active participation in AWWA programs.

2016 Recipient:  Kathryn L. (Katie) McCain, Texas Section


Water Industry Hall of Fame Award

This award recognizes those living and deceased who have made the most significant contributions to the field of public water supply. 

2016 Recipients:  George Harrison Fenkell, Michigan Section

                                  Robert T. Sasman, Illinois Section


Jack W. Hoffbuhr Award

This award was established in 2008 to honor the legacy of Jack Hoffbuhr (retired Executive Director, AWWA) by recognizing outstanding performance and accomplishments by a Section staff member of AWWA.

2016 Recipient:  Dr. Timothy C. Worley, California/Nevada Section


John Lechner Award of Excellence

This award was established to recognize an AWWA Section Manufacturers/Associates Council member who has demonstrated exemplary service to the drinking water community and to AWWA's mission and goals.

2016 Recipient:    Cliff Shrive, Ohio Section



Award criteria and submission forms for each award can be found on the AWWA website:


Welcome John DillonOpen in a New Window

We are pleased to announce that John Dillon is our new Education Manager.  In addition to the Education and other committees, he will be working very closely with Stacey and Angela to develop the training events.  


John is retired at the end of July from the City of Batavia.   He was the Water/Sewer Division Superintendent with a class A water license in Batavia.  John has been involved in many of the water operator groups and is very knowledgeable of people in the water / wastewater industry. 


John has been an ISAWWA member since 1988.  He has water and wastewater experience and is a joy to work with. Please feel free to reach out to John for anything training related.  


Splash Summer Issue 2016Open in a New Window

Summer Issue Splash - 2016


Illinois Section JobsOpen in a New Window

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

Employers, Include Your Open Positions on the next Jobs E-Newsletter!
Learn More »

Below are some of the hundreds of exciting professional opportunities available on AWWA Illinois Section Career Center.


Water and Sewer Superintendent
Batavia, Illinois
City of Batavia

View Job

Lab Operator
Benton, Illinois
Rend Lake Intercity Water

View Job

Water Quality Supervisor
Woodridge, Illinois
Illinois American Water Company

View Job


View All Jobs


Be sure to update your resume on AWWA Illinois Section Career Center, so employers can contact you privately about job opportunities.

Your email address has not been given to any third parties.
You are receiving this email because you are a member of AWWA Illinois Section Career Center.

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


Early Bird ends Feb 15th for WATERCONOpen in a New Window

Early Bird registration for WATERCON ends February 15th.   All registrations completed before February 15th will be mailed to the participants.  Registrations after Feb 15th need to be picked up at WATERCON.


Register today to save time and  money.  See the list of over 600 people who have already pre-registered.


New Question From A Member - Use of Vehicles for Emergency StandbyOpen in a New Window

New Benchmark survey available on Use of Utility Vehicles for Emergency Standby.  Complete the survey and the last page of the survey will share the results to date.


Question from a member - Leak DetectionOpen in a New Window

A member is initiating a leak detection program on a system with the following parameters: oldest piping is 1940s; serves 30,000 population; 108 miles of mains; pipe material is asbestos cement, cast iron, ductile iron & pvc.


Complete the survey....


Project Management Workshop - 4 Week Night ClassOpen in a New Window

NEW Training!!  Project Management Workshop (Buffalo Grove)  IEPA #9101
4 Week Night Class

This course is designed to provide managers with additional training and skills in project management. Over the past several decades, Project Management has emerged as a distinct profession and is found within many organizations in different industries. In this multi-session course, we'll learn and practice the skills and techniques required to execute projects effectively and efficiently. Topics will include each of the PMBOK Project Management Processes; Initiating, Planning, Executing, Monitoring (and Controlling) and Closing.  We'll also discuss what it takes to qualify for and take the Project Management Institute's PMP Exam.  Homework is required.


To Register:


Mitch Berg - In MemoriamOpen in a New Window

Mitchell W. Berg, 59 of Machesney Park passed away Wednesday, August 12, 2015, at his home, surrounded by loved ones. Born November 19, 1955, in Soudan, Minnesota to Russell and Theresa (Pavlich) Berg. Married Nancy Foor on July 8, 1978, in Rockford, IL. Mitch lived a life that was rich and full. He blessed so many with his wisdom, humor and love and the blessings were returned tenfold. Mitch was a devoted family man, proud and supportive of his wife and children. He loved to spend Saturdays with his granddaughter, Anna. A man of integrity, quiet wisdom and endless good humor, he always put the needs of others above his own. He was an avid golfer, enjoyed fishing and treasured time spent at Eagle's Nest Lake 3 with family and friends. Mitch was a loyal fan of the Chicago Cubs and Minnesota Vikings and tolerated the associated disappointments with customary grace. Mitch's lifelong work was in the water treatment industry and he was a mentor to many colleagues and customers. He was an independent business owner of Smith Ecological Systems for most of his career and also President of Woodlawn Utilities. He was a former officer of Elks Lodge 64. Survived by wife, Nancy; parents, Russell and Theresa (Pavlich) Berg; son, Benjamin (Rachel) Berg; daughter, Samantha Berg; sister, Michele (Berg) Cascarano; brother, Daniel (Catherine) Berg; granddaughter, Anna Marie; brothers-in-law, Stephen Foor and David (Kimberly) Foor; and sisters-in-law, Janis Foor and Susan (Patrick) Kelly; numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews and great-niece and nephews and dear friends. Predeceased by beloved mother-in-law and father-in-law, Lois and Bill Foor. A special thank you to hospice and the caring and skilled doctors and nurses at SwedishAmerican Hospital, especially nurse Nancy, who holds a special place in our hearts. Memorial Service 11 a.m. Tuesday, August 18, 2015, at Fitzgerald Funeral Home & Crematory, Riverside Chapel, 3910 N. Rockton Ave., Rockford, IL 61103. Visitation 5 to 8 p.m. Monday, August 17, 2015, at Fitzgerald Funeral Home. Visitation also from 10 to 10:45 a.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the family for an establishment to be named at a later date. Express online condolences at
Published in Rockford Register Star from Aug. 15 to Aug. 16, 2015 - For more details on Visitation and Services.


Green Codes and Grey Water SurveyOpen in a New Window

The Water Efficiency Committee has created a survey to gather examples of water reuse building codes that have been adopted by municipalities around Illinois and elsewhere and create an online repository of implementation success stories. Projects of particular interest include use of grey water for either outdoor watering or indoor reuse such as grey water used for irrigation or shower water for toilet flushing.  Share your green codes and success stories for implementing water reuse designs and practices into new or existing building projects by participating in this survey.


Splash Online - Summer IssueOpen in a New Window

Splash - Summer Issue 2015
Click here to view the enhanced online edition

Click here to download a low resolution pdf

If you would prefer to ONLY receive this electronic version and NOT the printed version,

Simply login to the website

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  • Under Member Communication Preferences - "Check" Splash Electronic Only


Small Systems On-line Learning - Maintaining and Achieving RTCR Compliance for Small SystemsOpen in a New Window

This free eLearning course focuses on 4 major areas needed by small systems to maintain and achieve compliance with the Revised Total Coliform Rule; including when and how to conduct the RTCR assessment, evaluation of sampling procedures, source water treatment assessments and evaluation of distribution system operations and maintenance practices on coliform occurrence.

Click HERE to register

This eLearning course is made possible through a USEPA grant for small systems training in conjunction with AWWA’s training partner, the Rural Community Assistance Partnership.  Registration for this course is through AWWA, not ISAWWA.


New Question from a Member SurveyOpen in a New Window

The Village of Virden would like to change their water billing schedule. They currently bill 2 months behind and would like to move up to current billing. Current schedule: March bill is for January consumption. New schedule: March bill would be for February consumption. How have other utilities addressed the transition bill which would be a much higher cost since it would be for two months consumption? Do they put customers on a payment plan? Delay shut off? Other?

Complete this survey to provide your feedback.


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


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