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E-Splash August 2012 - Vice-Chair
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Illinois Section AWWA - E-Splash -  May 2012

Theresa O'Grady
Vice Chair

First of all, I want to thank Illinois American for being a great host for the 2012 ISAWWA Visitation Day held in Champaign on July 26 and 27. Ron Smith and his staff at Illinois American did a great job planning the event and even ordered great weather. After watching the weather reports Thursday morning, I thought we might get drenched at the golf outing. It sprinkled a little bit, which was refreshing, but the heavy rain held off until after the event was over. If you were unable to attend, hopefully you will have an opportunity to visit the Water Treatment Plant another time. I always learn something when visiting different water facilities. If you have a new facility or recently upgraded your facility, consider hosting Visitation Day in the future.

Although WATERCON 2013 is many months away, preparations are already underway. As Vice-Chair, one of my duties is Chair of Technical Program Committee for the annual conference. By the time you are reading this, the deadline for abstracts has past. So the Technical Program Committee will be meeting soon to develop the technical program for the conference. Even if you did not submit an abstract, there are many other ways to get involved. If you need ideas on how to get involved, you can contact me, ISAWWA Section staff or any of the Board members. My contact information appears below.

I recently attend an ISAWWA webinar at the comfort of my own computer. It was easy to register for the webinar. (I registered online the morning of the webinar.) And best of all, it was free because I am an AWWA member. Whether you are an operator or engineer, continuing education is required. Webinars are an easy and free way to get education credits. And there are many live webinars coming up. So check out the website,, under the Training tab on the left hand side of the screen, click on Webinars. Past webinars have been archived and are also available on the website. When you register for an archived webinar (also free if you are an AWWA member), you will get an email with a link to the webinar video and a survey. Once you watch the webinar and return the completed survey, you will get a certificate with the training hours received for that webinar. This is a great resource if you are a field person and the weather has interfered with your plans for the day. Use the free time for training!

Hopefully everyone had a great summer! Even though it has been a hot, dry summer, I will wishfully think of the hot days when the snow starts flying in a few months…



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