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E-Splash June 2013 - Water Distribution
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Illinois Section AWWA - E-Splash - June 2013

Water Distribution Committee
Owen Keenan, Chair

Our Water Distribution Committee members continue to be active, involved and imaginative for the Illinois Section. I am very fortunate to be the Chair of a great group of dedicated water professionals who also like to have fun.

2013 WATERCON Conference

Many of our Committee members attended, presented, competed and volunteered their time at the WATERCON conference. Like last year, the "Bozo” game was at the Water Distribution Committee booth. There were prizes for the contestant who could put a bean bag or two into the pipes. After all, everyone likes to play bean bags. I want to thank all the Committee members who donated their time to man the booth as well as all the vendors who donated prizes.

There was something new at our booth this year. As described in the previous SPLASH issue, our Committee sponsored a Water Tower Photo Contest and the top twelve vote getters earned a place on the first Water Distribution Committee calendar. All WATERCON attendees were given a ballot with their registration package, and they casted their vote among 46 photo entries submitted by water utilities throughout the Illinois Section that were displayed at our booth.

The Village of Carpentersville was the top vote getter, and the other eleven utilities that earned their place on our calendar were:

  • City of Highland Park
  • Village of Rosemont
  • Calumet City
  • Village of Lake Villa
  • City of Metropolis
  • Village of Romeoville
  • Village of Oak Lawn
  • City of Darien
  • City of Batavia
  • City of Wood River
  • City of Blue Island

TANKS to all the utilities that submitted a photo.

Also, I would like to acknowledge the gold and silver sponsors that helped reduce the cost of our calendar:

  • Tnemec – Multiple Gold Sponsor
  • Advanced Valve Technologies, Inc. - Gold
  • Associated Technical Services Ltd. - Gold
  • CP Solutions, Inc. – Gold
  • Dixon Engineering, Inc. – Gold
  • Kamp/Synergy LLC – Gold
  • ME Simpson Company, Inc. – Gold
  • Rempe-Sharpe & Associates, Inc. – Gold
  • Tank Industry Consultants – Gold
  • Benton & Associates, Inc. – Silver
  • DN Tanks – Silver
  • Robinson Engineering – Silver
  • SEH Design/Build, Inc. - Silver

6th Annual Water Distribution Conference

Our Conference was held in Countryside, IL on April 23rd. I have big news! This popular conference broke an attendance record! WE HAD TWO HUNDRED AND TWENTY THREE ATTENDEES!   UNBELIEVABLE! (Good thing Lisa ordered extra food.) All attendees received a copy of our calendar, as well as valuable CEU credit hours.

The presentations were excellent, and I would like to acknowledge the following presenters for making our technical program so successful:

  • Paul Hanson, Ductile Iron Pipe Research Association
  • Firat Sever, Benton and Associates
  • Cindy Nettrour, American Water Works Service Company
  • Andrea Putz, Chicago Department of Water Management
  • Aaron Gilson, AY McDonald Manufacturing Company
  • Randy Moore, Utility Service Company
  • Shaun McKaigue, FER-PAL Construction LLC
  • Mike Hively, Tideflex Technologies
  • Dave Van Wy, JULIE, Inc.

Also, I would like to acknowledge all the exhibitors who contributed to the conference’s success:

  • American Flow Control
  • Associated Technical Services Ltd.
  • AY McDonald Manufacturing Company
  • Dixon Engineering
  • Dorner Company
  • EJ
  • FER-PAL Construction LLC
  • Fischer Harris & Associates
  • Heil 20
  • Illinois Section AWWA Membership Committee
  • Lee Jensen Sales Company, Inc.
  • M.E. Simpson Company, Inc.
  • Midwest Water Group
  • Pure Technologies US, Inc.
  • RJN Group, Inc.
  • RMS Utility Services
  • Sensus USA
  • Tideflex Technologies
  • Utility Service Company, Inc.
  • Ziebell Water Products

I am very appreciative of all the time and effort that our Committee members give to our various Committee activities throughout the year. TANKS to all!

I am also very appreciative for all the help from my Vice-Chair Scott Bernholdt. TANKS Scott!

Last but not least, I am very appreciative and very fortunate to have the help of Lisa Hoffhines. She is so organized that she makes everything look easy, and she is the big reason why we broke the attendance record this year.  I’m sure that I speak for everyone on our Committee by wishing Lisa and her husband Casey best wishes and prayers for a happy and healthy baby along with some advice … get your rest now. TANKS Lisa!

Best wishes to all ISAWWA members and their families for a happy and safe summer.


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