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Illinois Section AWWA - E-Splash -  January 2013

Exciting Opportunities in 2013!
Lisa Hoffhines, Education Coordinator

Illinois Section AWWA is starting the new year off with fun, exciting and informative events so don’t miss out!

Webinar series for Illinois Section AWWA Website Users
The Illinois Section AWWA member resource website,, is quite impressive; and, as a website user, we want to make sure you use it to its full capacity to get the information you want and need! The website offers a variety of tools to enhance your communications with Section staff and other water professionals; even more so if you are an Illinois Section AWWA member!

To assist our website users, Illinois Section AWWA staff is offering a variety of "Website User” training webinars to help walk you through the website’s features, one step at a time. Sign up for an upcoming webinar FREE, and if you miss the live webinar event, you can watch the recordings which will be available on the "Website Help” tab of the Illinois Section AWWA home page. To access the recordings on the Website Help page, just go to > Home > Website Help – or - visit, for tips as you navigate through the new website.


02/27/13, 1:00 – 2:00pm: ISAWWA Website Training for Users: My Profile
03/28/13, 1:00 – 2:00pm: ISAWWA Website Training for Users: Career Center
04/25/13, 1:00 – 2:00pm: ISAWWA Website Training for Users: Register for an Event
05/30/13, 1:00 – 2:00pm: ISAWWA Website Training for Users: Certifications

The Water Distribution Committee Presents: Tank Photo Calendar Contest
The Illinois Section AWWA Water Distribution Committee is proud to announce this new event for the Annual Water Distribution Conference to be held on Tuesday, April 23, 2013 in Countryside, Illinois. The Water Distribution Committee is collecting submissions of your water tower photos which will be voted on and featured in a calendar to be distributed at the 2013 Water Distribution Conference. It will also be included in the summer issue of SPLASH magazine which is mailed to over 2,000 ISAWWA members. If you are proud of your tower’s paint job, or if you have a unique logo/lettering design that you would like to share with the membership, we want your tower picture! All photo submissions are due February 15, 2013 and can be submitted online at:

Missed the photo submission deadline? You can still participate by voting on your favorite tank at WATERCON2013!

All of the tower photo submissions will be displayed at the Water Distribution Committee booth at WATERCON2013, which will be located on the first floor lobby, and will be voted on by conference attendees. In order to cast your vote, you must have a tank photo contest voting ticket. Tickets will be included in the WATERCON2013 conference badge packet and mailed to those conference attendees who register before February 15. Look for your conference badge packet with voting ticket at the end of February!

After the votes have been tallied, the top 13 tower photos will be featured in a printed calendar which will be handed out at the Water Distribution Conference in April, and also included in the summer issue of SPLASH magazine. The most popular tank photo will be featured on the calendar cover! Tank contest finalists will also be displayed by a looping PowerPoint presentation at the 2013 Water Distribution Conference in Countryside, Illinois on Tuesday, April 23. To register for this conference, visit:

Become a sponsor of the tank calendar!
Gold and Silver scholarship opportunities are available! Gold sponsorship includes your company logo featured for 4 months of exposure in the 2013-2014 tank calendar for a cost of $200 (limited gold sponsorships available). The Silver sponsorship includes your company logo featured once in the calendar for a cost of $50.

For more information on sponsorships, tank photo submission, or conference details and registration, visit or call Lisa at 866-521-3595 ext. 2.

Illinois Section AWWA Training – We Need Your Help!

The January through June 2013 training schedule is now complete and registration is open online at Believe it or not, the Education Committee is already planning the July through August trainings schedule and we need your help!

Make a Request for a Particular Topic to be Added to the ISAWWA Training Calendar

Let us know what type of training topics you want to see added to the training calendar. You can even make special requests to have the Education Committee find speakers to come and give a presentation on YOUR requested topic at YOUR plant or meeting room! To request a topic, visit,

Host Training for In-Person Seminars
Illinois Section AWWA is looking for utilities to host in-person seminars. All you need is some space, tables, chairs and a projector screen or white wall. As a host, you may send up to 4 people free to earn hours towards their operator license! To make a request to host training at your meeting space, visit

Give a Presentation for Illinois Section AWWA
Give a Presentation as an in-person seminar:
Illinois Section AWWA offers over 80 in-person, potable water related seminars annually, all over the State of Illinois. Illinois Section AWWA staff handles booking a location, registration, promotion for the event and much more! Illinois Section AWWA does not pay for speaker or travel fees; presentations must focus on education, not sales of a proprietary item or service.

Give a webinar Presentation: Webinars are a great way to deliver training! What is easier than giving a presentation from your OWN computer?! ISAWWA makes it simple for all presenters, whether you are familiar with webinars or brand new! Webinar presentation must focus on education, not sales of a proprietary item or service.

Give an "Engineering Power-Hour" webinar Presentation: These webinars will be product and service specific, with learning objectives included. Presenters must be Illinois Section AWWA members. Illinois Section AWWA members can register to view the webinars for free as a member benefit. Nonmembers can register for a small fee to view the webinar. Nonmembers will NOT be offered the opportunity to give a presentation, but will be presented the opportunity to join and, subsequently, to submit an abstract for consideration.

To submit a training abstract for consideration for an in-person seminar, webinar or engineering power-hour please visit

Meter Symposium – Call for Abstracts
The Illinois Section AWWA Education Committee is currently seeking abstract submissions for an upcoming mini-conference, "Meter Symposium". This one-day conference will be held on Thursday, August 1, 2013 in Countryside, Illinois (limited exhibit table tops available).

The committee is seeking papers on a variety of meter-related topics including, but not limited to:

· Automated Meter Reading

· Meter Calibration and Bench Testing

· Meter Maintenance

· Selecting the Right Meter Style and Size

· New Metering Technologies

To submit an abstract for consideration, visit:

To learn more about the Meter Symposium or register as an attendee and/or exhibitor visit:

For more information, please contact Lisa Hoffhines, Illinois Section AWWA Education Coordinator by phone or email
Phone: 866-521-3595 ext. 2


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