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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:


Welcome New Members!Open in a New Window



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


Dennis Barron, Jr Pekin, IL
Aric Bednar ISCO Industries
Corinne Benton Chicago, IL
Don Berry Sherwin Williams
Jim Bruce Village of Plainfield
Joshua Cantone Chicago, IL
Tony Cecchini Victaulic
Scott Coker City of Macomb Water Department
Brad Feldhausen Village of Streamwood Water Department
Steve Fletcher Washington County Water Company
Mike Lane Evanston, IL
Todd Larsen Lee Jensen Sales Co., Inc.
Marie Marcenac Carus Corporation
Usman Narmawala Aira 4matic Valve Automation
Mahesh Patel ZVA Solutions
Tom Salzmann Village of Streamwood
Lauren Schlemmer Schneider Electric
Brent Sevcik Greeley and Hansen
Thomas Shirley Arlington Heights, IL
Vince Smith Village of Westchester
James Suero Village of Westchester




New Jobs Added this monthOpen in a New Window

New Jobs Added This Month to the Career Center

Water - Sewer Supervisor Heyworth, Illinois
Richton Park, Illinois Village of Richton Park
Water & Sewer Worker Oak Park, Illinois Village of Oak Park


View All Jobs

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


New Free Archived WebinarOpen in a New Window


Last week's Source Water Award Winner's Webinar was great!   It is now available as free archived webinar with CEU credit!

  Check it out!!

#2245 Source Water Committee Award Winners Webinar IEPA#11947



Want to have an impact on building a strong future for the water industry?Open in a New Window


Consider joining the new ISAWWA Mentoring committee.  It was determined at the 2017 ISAWWA strategic planning session that building a sustainable and thriving mentoring program is one of the ISAWWA’s top priorities over the next few years.  The EPA estimates that over the next 10 years, 37% of water utility workers and 31% of wastewater utility workers will retire.  As an industry, we have much work to do in recruiting, retaining, and building the workforce that will replace these retirees.   Mentoring is a great tool for passing knowledge from seasoned professionals to those newer to the industry, and that is exactly why we are seeking to build a mentoring program as one tool that we can use from our tool box for building a sustainable industry future.  We are currently looking for ISAWWA members interested in getting their hands dirty to help build the foundation and structure of our new mentoring program.  Committee members will plan the mentoring program details and activities and take on program projects necessary to launching, administering, and maintaining the program.  Please email Brianna Huber at if you are interested in joining the committee.    


In a few short months, we will be looking for program mentors and mentees, so please keep an eye out for future emails if you are interested in having a mentor or being a mentor!  You can also let us know if you are interested by  updating your ISAWWA member profile on the ISAWWA website indicating that you are interested in being mentored or being a mentor.  


Virus Alert - Please ReadOpen in a New Window

Dear ISAWWA members and colleagues:

We would like you to be aware of an international ransomware campaign, referred to as "WannaCry 2.0 or Petya" in the media that has affected critical infrastructure sectors including healthcare and public sector assets in the US, as well as the transportation sector.

Known impacts include the following:

  • A Danish shipping company has temporarily limited container shipping into and out of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey as well as the Port of Los Angeles which could disrupt supply chains;
  • A provider of transcription services for Electronic Health Records (EHRs) is impacted resulting in some healthcare organizations using downtime procedures to update health records;
  • A pharmaceutical company was affected resulting in some internal computer networks being inaccessible or locked; and
  • A limited number of healthcare institutions were infected.

Please review the HHS notice below, for additional information and resources about this threat.

Kind Regards,

If you are the victim of a ransomware attack

If your organization is the victim of a ransomware attack, HHS recommends the following steps:

1.       Please contact your FBI Field Office Cyber Task Force ( or US Secret Service Electronic Crimes Task Force ( immediately to report a ransomware event and request assistance. These professionals work with state and local law enforcement and other federal and international partners to pursue cyber criminals globally and to assist victims of cyber-crime.

2.      Report cyber incidents to the US-CERT ( and FBI's Internet Crime Complaint Center (

3.      If your facility experiences a suspected cyberattack affecting medical devices, you may contact FDA's 24/7 emergency line at 1-866-300-4374. Reports of impact on multiple devices should be aggregated on a system/facility level.

4.      For further analysis and healthcare-specific indicator sharing, please also share these indicators with HHS' Healthcare Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center (HCCIC) at

5.      Report the incident to your state health department.

Mitigating against this threat

  • The National Health – Information Sharing and Analysis Center (NH-ISAC) has tested a "vaccine" that has been reported as potentially helpful for systems that have not been impacted.  While the use of this "vaccine" should not preclude proper patching, consider the business impact of creating a file C:/Windows/perfc.exe or editing the existing file to make them READ ONLY. As with any patch/update, this modification should be evaluated before implementation by appropriate system security personnel. For further information on this vaccine please visit                
  • Educate users on common Phishing tactics to entice users to open malicious attachments or to click links to malicious sites.
  • Patch vulnerable systems with the latest Microsoft security patches:
  • Verify perimeter tools are blocking Tor .Onion sites 
  • Use a reputable anti-virus (AV) product whose definitions are up-to-date to scan all devices in your environment in order to determine if any of them have malware on them that has not yet been identified. Many AV products will automatically clean up infections or potential infections when they are identified.
  • Monitor US-CERT for the latest updates from the U.S. government. 

US-CERT Resources

Sector ISAO and ISAC resources

  • National Health Information-Sharing and Analysis Center has shared the followingTLP-White Message and will continue to share information at
  • HITRUST has shared the following Threat Bulletin for distribution.


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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