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When: 04/30/2015
11:30 AM
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Dial in number: 530-881-1212
Participant Code: 868-782-442

Illinois Section AWWA

Water Efficiency Committee Meeting Minutes

In-person: Wednesday March 25th, 2015

10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.


Bob Rick, Danielle Gallet, Cary McElhinney, Terry McGhee, Lynn Goetz, John Dillon, Ermin Arslanagic, Michele Piotrowski and Anna Wolf (guest from Alliance for the Great Lakes)

All meeting minutes are in italics.

1. Welcome

2. Water Saver Award:

City of Chicago was the winner of the 2015 Water Saver Award for it meter save program. The award was presented on Wednesday afternoon at 3:30pm at WATERCON. Margaret will also be providing one pagers on last year’s applicants and they have hired a graphic artists to work on them and they can add this years by May 29th.A big thank you to the sub-committee judges this year for their time!!!

3. WaterCon 2015:

The committee was encouraged to attend the Water Efficiency track on Wednesday at WaterCon from 2:30-4:00pm, which featured three members of our committee: Cary talked about the WaterSense Program, Carolyn presented on work she doing with the Brookfield Zoo on their water efficiency efforts and Terry presented the Water Saver Award. Great job by all!

4. Programming Ideas for WaterCon 2016:

The group discussed ideas for ramping up water efficiency topics at WaterCon for next year. We want to have more programming and might think about bringing in folks from out of state. Some ideas included:

· Water rates

o As they relate to water loss control and infrastructure reinvestment

o Dealing with the issue of demand management vs revenue desires

o Rates studies that incorporate all aspects of revenue requirements, demand management and infrastructure reinvestment

o Have Franklin Park present its rate increase story that engaged citizens in the decision

o Idea was to have utilities present case studies about tackling these issues

· IEPA water loss training initiative

o Do follow-up and case studies on utilities that did the training

o Possibly have a panel next year of utilities who went through the training

5. July issue of Splash

The July issue of Splash will be all about Water Efficiency. Our committee will need to provide content for this issue - Ermin and Margaret have agreed to lead this initiative and compile content together. The group had a good discussion about what we could include:

· Formatted versions of the WaterSaver Award applicants (Margaret Schneemann)

· A write-up about the IEPA training experience (John Dillon)

· CWLP’s story about water efficiency outreach to youth (Lin Goetz)

· Piece/Ad about WaterSense - could include who in IL is currently a member (Cary McElhinney)

· Tips for communicating about water loss with your elected officials (Danielle Gallet)

· Piece about resources and assistance the Alliance for the Great Lakes can provide utilities (Anna Wolf)

· We are open to other suggestions from committee members!

6. Any other news from committee members; activities the committee could be promoting?

Anna Wolf from the Alliance for the Great Lakes mentioned that they are currently developing a toolbox for water efficiency for IL communities and will keep us in the loop on their progress and how this might assist ISAWWA members.

To Do

· Ermin and Margaret to get organized with Splash content compilation

· Laurie to update the fact sheet template

· All - be thinking about what you can submit for the July Splash Issue

Next Call: Thursday, April 30th 11:30-12:00 noon

Conference Call Dial-In Information:

Dial in number: (530) 881-1212

Participant Code: 868-782-442


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