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You save lives everyday.........

Posted By Laurie Dougherty, Friday, November 16, 2012
As a water professional, when people ask you, "what do you do?", your answer should be......" I save lives." What you do everyday saves lives. The fact that you care that the water you produce is safe, sufficient, clean and tastes good, is a job that we could not live without. If we didn't have you, we would not be able to survive and thrive.

A young professional recently took a plant tour and here were his observations....

"You know, I had never considered the prospect of working as an operator at a water treatment plant, because I had always assumed it would be a boring and easy job, but after actually visiting a plant and talking with you about all the issues to consider and optimizing them, I get the feeling that it is very dynamic, challenging, and enjoyable. The fact that you are doing a service that directly impacts people's daily lives is awesome. Also, it is very community focused, and I really like that. I am the kind of person that needs a job where I can really connect to people, so I am now highly intrigued with working at a WTP. I have always been really interested in applying water treatment to development work, because I know I would connect with the people that I work for, and I am passionate about serving the poor."

Sometimes people looking at what you do gives you a fresh look at your own job. Do you realize that is how your job is viewed? Have you shared the details of your job with the upcoming generations in your family and friends circle? Being a water professional is one of the most important jobs there is. You should take great pride in what you do and the next time someone asks you what do you do? Tell them, "I save lives everyday." Thank you for what you do.

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4 Letter Words...........

Posted By Laurie Dougherty, Wednesday, October 31, 2012

4 Letter Words............Makes all the difference in the world.
(link to youtube video)

Laurie Dougherty
Illinois Section Executive Director

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How can we help tell your story?

Posted By Laurie Dougherty, Thursday, September 20, 2012
Yesterday I had the opportunity to network with association professionals from throughout the Midwest, not related to water. I am always amazed when I speak to people outside of our water industry, how little people really know about their drinking water. They have no idea where it comes from, and what is done to it prior to coming out of the tap.

It would seem to me that if consumers understood what was involved in delivering water, they would respond with a new appreciation. They would understand that it is tested over and over again against quality standards that insure that the product they receive at the tap is safe, clean and sufficient.

How do you communicate that message to your customers? What can we do as an Association, to help you with that message? In a perfect world, consumers would be offering to pay more for tap water in order to insure that a utility has sufficient funding for infrastructure improvements, operator education and sustainability. If they knew what was involved, that would be an easier conversation for all.

We are here to help. What can we do for you?

Tags:  AWWA  consurmers  H20  ISAWWA  outreach  potable water 

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