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Illinois Section AWWA - E-Splash -  November 2013


Lori Stenzel
District 4 Trustee

WOW…where did the summer go? It seems like we just set our clocks ahead an hour and pretty soon we will be setting them back an hour! It is strange how time flies as you get older!

ISAWWA Visitation Day was held October 10 & 11, 2013 at Litchfield Water Treatment Plant! I was excited to have Visitation Day in my District. Litchfield is a 4 MGD surface water treatment facility that delivers water to the city and four satellite supplies and is operated by Superintendent Ray Weller. The plant has a unique split filtration system which uses GAC/sand filters and microfiltration membrane filters. The new plant and dam project was completed within budget. It is very impressive to see!

In September the Illinois Potable Water Supply Operators Association (IPWSOA) & IEPA held their 82nd Annual Conference in Springfield with 800 in attendance.

This year’s Operators of the Year were:

  • Surface Water - Alan Stark, City of Chicago Department of Water Management
  • Groundwater - Christopher Lemke, Village of Sugar Grove
  • Distribution - Gary Hallaert, Village of Algonquin

Runners up included:

  • Surface Water – Jason Weber, City of Salem & Don Jensen, City of Highland Park
  • Groundwater – Joel Summerhill, Town of Cortland & Dan Swanson, City of Batavia
  • Distribution – Curt Mezo, Murdale Public Water District & Joe Spain, Village of Norridge

Congratulations to all the above nominees as well as all operators for their outstanding work in consistently supplying safe drinking water on a daily basis to consumers, as well as their contributions to the industry! Without all of your hard work and dedication, Illinois wouldn’t have the best water!

Water is one of our most precious resources, but is usually taken for granted by most users! This is why it is important to educate our youth, who in turn educate their parents. The United States Geological Survey estimates that we lose 1.7 trillion gallons of treated water every year from breaks and leaks in water systems. Reliable water infrastructure is critical for us, as well as for future generations! Even though we are in the business of selling water, we are also promoters of using water wisely. Educating our customers by giving examples of how to conserve water is key to our future. Some examples may include planting native plants, grasses, and trees, using rain barrels for watering your plants, checking for household leaks, disposing of unused medicines properly so they don’t get back into our water supply, and using low flow devices all encourage us to do our part.

Upcoming Southern Meetings:

Southern Illinois Water Operators Association will be holding their 26th Annual Fall Conference at the Giant City Lodge in Makanda on Wednesday evening Oct 23 and Thursday Oct 24, 2013. Topics include IEPA Regulatory, Electronic CCRs, Operator Certification, Economics of Fracking, CPR, Renewed Oil Development, Chlorine Dioxide, Operator Math, Algae Blooms, Water Quality & Businesses, Ultrasonic Metering, and Solar SCADA. If interested, contact Roger Noe at Visit their website:!

Southwestern Central Water Plant Operators Association will be holding their October Meeting at the Wood River Moose Lodge on Thursday, October 17, 2013. Topics include Chlorine Safety, Well Failure and Pump Repair, and Electric Savings. If interested, contact Patti Schaake at

Visit our website at to check out the Latest News and Calendar to keep up to date on available training classes, seminars, webinars, and what is happening in the water world!

Until next time…


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