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RFP - City of Rockford - Water Main Capacity Hydrant Flow TestingOpen in a New Window

City of Rockford is accepting proposals for an RFP for Water Main Capacity Fire Hydrant Flow testing.  Link to RFP 

 

Call to Action - Illinois Senate Bill that Needs Your HelpOpen in a New Window

Senate Bill 1451 was introduced in February of 2017.  The topic just came to the attention of the Water Utility Council.  This bill creates the Small Wireless Facilities Deployment Act.  It will prohibit a municipality from regulating or charging for the collocation of small wireless facilities (antennae) on water towers.  This will open up all water towers to free use by cell companies for the location of their antennae.

 

The Water Utility Council requests that all municipalities contact their legislators and object to this bill.  The WUC will continue monitoring the progress of the bill and keep our members informed.

 

Kyla Jacobsen

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Utilities Director
City of Elgin - Water Dept.
Mailing: 150 Dexter Ct.,  Elgin, IL 60120

 

http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/100/SB/PDF/10000SB1451lv.pdf

 

 

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.

 
  

Electrician
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
Illinois
Midwest Contract Operations

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New Members, April, 2017Open in a New Window

 

 

Our new members in April, 2017.  If you see them at any upcoming area activities, please welcome them!!

 

First Name Last Name Organization
William Carlson Cathodic Protection Management
Robert Christlieb Chicago Public Schools
Dale Detmer City of Breese
Jason Fowler Mill Creek Water Reclamation District
Kalel Kahl City of Bunker Hill
Eric Kelly City of Canton
George Lacefield Mueller Company
Shawn Lindner Village of Romeoville-Public Works Dept
Brenna Mannion Current
Martina McNulty Midwest Water Group Inc.
Matthew Moorman North Park Public Water District
Jerry Peterson Morris, Illinois
Chad Pieper HR Green, Inc.
Susan Ruta CH2M
Bethany Steevens St Louis, MO
John Sweeney CST Storage
Jose Torres City of Crest Hill
Village of Lombard Lombard, Illinois
Mill Creek Water Reclamation District Geneva, Illinois

 

ISAWWA: May Job OpportunitiesOpen in a New Window

May 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.

 
  

Electrician
Woodridge, Illinois
DuPage County

View Job

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

View Job

Water/Wastewater Operator
Illinois
Midwest Contract Operations

View Job

Chemist/Pre-Treatment Coordinator
East Moline, Illinois
City of East Moline

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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

 
 

 

State of the Water Loss Industry ReportOpen in a New Window

As Chair of the ISAWWA Water Efficiency Committee and a member of AWWA’s national Water Loss Control Committee, I wanted to bring a new resource released by AWWA to your attention! 


The State of Water Loss Control in Drinking Water Utilities: A White paper from the American Water Works Association: LINK TO DOCUMENT

 

This short, snazzy piece outlines the latest information, practices, regulatory trends and case studies on non-revenue water. This paper provides water utilities with background, facts and resources to help you understand and communicate the occurrence of water and revenue losses in utility operations and the means to cost-effectively control them. Check it out! 


Best Regards,


Danielle Gallet
Manager | Metropolitan Planning Council
140 S. Dearborn St. | Suite 1400 | Chicago, IL. 60603
312.863.6016 | dgallet@metroplanning.org

 

Public Works Safety Committee Survey RequestOpen in a New Window

For many years the City of St. Charles Public Works Department has taken the safety of its employees very seriously.  In the last few years, it has developed a variety of programs and committees to continue its quest in improving the organization’s safety record. 

 

In an effort to continue to improve the effectiveness of safety committees, the members of this committee made a decision to survey the safety programs of other local municipalities and organizations.  What is working for you? What has been the most effective? How often do you meet? What efforts are you taking to keep your employees safe? How do you conduct your safety committees? What is discussed, etc.?

 

We would appreciate you participating in this survey. Your comments on your organization’s safety committee will be valuable to all who are interested in keeping our employees safe. The survey consists of 22 multiple choice questions and should take only minutes to fill out. There are comment fields in which you could be more specific with your answers, if you choose to do so.  Remember, the more information we receive the more valuable the information will be to all.

 

Please click on the following link:

 

Public Works Safety Committee Survey

 

Once results are tabulated and analyzed, the results of this survey will be shared with all those who participated.

 

If you have any further questions feel free to contact Isabel Soderlind at City of St. Charles,   isoderlind@stcharlesil.gov

 

 

 

 

Illinois American wins Wendall LaDue AwardOpen in a New Window

We are delighted to let you know that Illinois American Water – Cairo District is the 2017 Class I Wendell R. LaDue Utility Safety Award recipient.


In recognition of this honor, an award will be presented to them during the AWWA Annual Conference & Exposition scheduled for June 11-14, 2017 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The presentation is scheduled for Tuesday, June 13, 4:30-5:30 pm, during the AWWA Awards & Section Recognition Celebration in the Exhibit Hall at the Celebration Stage.

 

Congratulations to Illinois American - great job!

 

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

Rory L. "Big R" Maltrotto - 60

7/18/1956 - 4/7/2017 
Thornton
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 panozzobros.com.

 

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 www.lewisfuneralhomes.com.

Jims Obituary can be viewed at : http://muscatinejournal.com/news/local/obituaries/james-l-meltzer/article_6e533529-dced-569b-aafd-3fa3e4cfe706.html.

 

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” http://youandmeandwater.wordpress.com/ . 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
309-524-2300-main

309-524-2301-direct
309-524-2314-fax
www.moline.il.us

 

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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