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E-Splash November 2013 - Young Professionals
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Illinois Section AWWA - E-Splash - November 2013

Young Professionals Committee
Brian Kooistra, Young Professionals

The last few weeks have been a wild ride for the YP Committee. We broke ground on Lunch with the Boss, a ‘concept’ event designed to be forward-looking, aspirational, and career-focused. And not looking to get away from what we know, we have a big tour and a multi-organization happy hour in the forecast.

First things first, Lunch with the Boss went off without a hitch. Our inaugural boss was John Spatz (former Commissioner of Chicago’s Department of Water Management, and the current General Manager of DuPage Water Commission). The event turned out better than I had hoped. Spatz managed to pull off a water department version of ‘Behind the Actors Studio’. I definitely picked up some insights about how to get ahead through John’s unique perspective of working with large municipalities. The Lunch with the Boss idea strives to take leaders in the Section and transfer some proven knowledge and experience to members that may be facing certain issues for the very first time. Thanks again, John Spatz, for giving us something to aspire to and to consider.

Chicago’s Jardine Water Purification Plant is the largest, and we toured Jardine last year…so, really, we could only go down. Still, a capacity of 720 MGD is nothing to sneeze about. The YP Committee’s next big event is a tour of the Chicago's South Water Purification Plant (SWPP). SWPP has been in service since 1947 and is the second largest conventional water treatment plant in the world. As with most major plant tours, registration closes several days before the event for security purposes, so be sure to sign-up by October 25th or get left on the wrong side of the fence.

Be sure to check the Young Professional’s group on for details on the events we already have set up as well as breaking news. Check in with us for the ISAWWA/IWEA/CSWEA happy hour collaboration and the grand plans for WATERCON 2014, which will be here before you know it.


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