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E-Splash May 2012 - DSS in Missouri
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Illinois Section AWWA - E-Splash -  May 2012

DSS and Water Security and Emergency Preparedness Conferences
to be co-located in Missouri

For more information

AWWA's premier conferences covering distribution and security and emergency preparedness is coming to the MO Section. DSS and WSEPC will be held in St. Louis, MO from Sept 9-12, 2012 at the Hilton St. Louis at the Ballpark.

DSS has a four track technical program filled with distribution topics geared toward both engineers and operators. Topics include hydraulic modeling, water loss control, distribution O&M, asset management, cross connection & backflow prevention, and much more. The WSEPC has a three track technical program covering a wide variety of security concerns utilities face everyday. These focused conferences assist utilities in establishing and updating response plans before its water system is at risk to contamination. Utilities will learn how to take the necessary steps to securing its water system from vandals and terrorists, training employees on emergency response procedures, and making it a priority to address and take action. Topics include risk and resilience assessment, cyber and process control systems security, and utility response and security case studies, plus more.

For operators and engineers, CEUs and PDHs are available for all technical sessions so coming to DSS/WSEPC can help keep your license current.

In addition to the great technical knowledge exchange at these joint conferences, ample networking opportunities exist in the expo hall, between sessions and in committee meetings. Vendors within the distribution and utility security industry will be in one location for the attendees' convenience.

Other exciting events at DSS include our opening general session where the winners of AWWA's Gimmicks & Gadget contest are announced and awarded. These ideas are submitted by your peers and reviewed internally by AWWA staff. A 1st, 2nd and 3rd place prize is awarded including funds to help make more of the winning products and ideas. Last year's 1st place winner is pictured in this article. Other awards given out at DSS/WSEPC are "the Best of Opflow” Paper award and the Distribution and Plant Operation Division's "Peak Performance Award” for excellent volunteer service to the division.

Looking for a volunteer opportunity? AWWA is always looking for volunteer room monitors for our conferences. If interested, please contact the MO Local DSS Host Chair, John Schillings at SchillingJR@BV.COM. Want to volunteer to help out on an AWWA committee related to distribution and plant operations or security? Many of our committees are filled with industry experts so volunteering is both a learning and networking opportunity! Feel free to come to the meeting the day of the conference. All AWWA committee meetings are open to members and non members alike. If interested, contact Ari Copeland, Staff Advisor - DSS, at or Kevin Morley, Staff Advisor – WSEPC, for more information at

The MO Section and AWWA hopes to see you there!


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