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Illinois Section AWWA - E-Splash -  May 2012

Water Distribution Committee
Owen Keenan, Chair

Our Committee was well represented at the AWWA ACE12 conference in Dallas this past June, and will also be well represented at the AWWA DSS conference in St. Louis in September. As Chair of the Water Distribution Committee, I would like to recognize their efforts at the national level; and, if I may, brag about them a little bit. Well, maybe more than a little bit.

Mike Ramsey

Mike was the Coach of the Westmont men’s tapping team that represented the Illinois Section at ACE12. His team members were Cranker Tony Falada, Starman Brian Beusse, and Copperman Jim Cates. Mike’s team made both taps, and finished with an official time of 1:50. This was an excellent time for a men’s team competing for the first time at ACE. What a coach!

Mike has also been very good at procuring prizes for the Committee to give away at our WATERCON booth and at our annual Water Distribution Conference raffle. Thanks for getting all the "swag”, Mike!

Last, but not least, did you know that Mike was on the cover of the AWWA Opflow May 2012 issue? If you’re near Westmont, stop by with your Opflow copy and see Mike. Maybe he’ll autograph it for you.

Michelle Hoepner

Michelle was the organizer and Starwoman for the FIRST women’s tapping team from the Illinois Section to participate at the national competition. Her team members were Coach Lisa Martini, Cranker Andrea Putz, and Copperwoman Candace Scholz. Michelle’s team made both taps, and finished with an official time of 4:16. Michelle made it happen!

The Land of Lincoln Lady Tappers had, in my opinion, the best shirts in the tapping competition. Michelle had her team’s shirts printed with a picture of an angry Abe Lincoln saying "Stick a bit in it, eh?” Great job Michelle! We can’t wait to see your team will be wearing when they compete again next year.

Ralph Gross

Front and center at the national competition giving the play by play of each competing tapping team was our Committee member Ralph Gross, aka Mr. Microphone. Ralph is a natural born announcer, and we all know that he is never at a loss for words. "Ralph, please tell us how to connect the copper service pipe to the roundway just one more time.” All kidding aside Ralph, you did a great job at ACE!

Jeff Schramuk

Please read Jeff’s article in the July, 2012 AWWA Journal "Implementing and managing a large water utility’s underground corrosion control program”. It is a very well written article. Also, for this year’s AWWA DSS conference, Jeff was selected to present on this subject for the technical program. Jeff has presented in the past at our annual Water Distribution Conference and at WATERCON in Springfield. Jeff is an excellent speaker, and I am certain that he will do very well at DSS. Way to go Jeff!

Firat Sever

Firat joined our Committee a year ago. First moved to Illinois with his family from Florida where he now works for Benton and Associates, Inc. in Jacksonville, Illinois. Firat’s abstract at DSS will be "Spray-On Linings for Water Mains – How Structural Are They?” Firat, thank you for joining our Committee, and congratulations on getting your abstract accepted for the DSS conference!

Also, I would like to thank Mike, Jeff and Firat for agreeing to staff our Committee’s booth at DSS in St. Louis.  We hope to attract more members for our Committee from central and southern Illinois, and to attract more attendees to our sixth annual Water Distribution Conference schedule for April 23, 2013 in Countryside, IL.

Alright, I’ll stop bragging now, even though I could go on and on about all the other contributions our Water Distribution Committee members have made at the local level.

If you are interested in joining our Committee, please contact Lisa Hoffhines at or myself at If you are not interested in our Committee, there are many ISAWWA committees to consider joining. Please consider joining a committee and getting involved, and I’m sure that someone with ISAWWA will start bragging about you.

Best wishes to all of our fellow ISAWWA members and their families.


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