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WATERCON 2020 Cancelled

ILLINOIS SECTION AWWA cancels WATERCON in Springfield, IL

Cancellation amid growing concerns for COVID-19

 

ST CHARLES, IL (March 13, 2020) – The governing board of the American Water Works Association’s Illinois Section on Friday, March 13, canceled the organization’s WATERCON Conference, slated for Springfield, IL March 23-26, 2020.

 

Speaking for the board, Chair Carolyn Grieves said, “The health and well being of those who had planned to attend this event, coupled with our social and ethical responsibility to minimize the spread of COVID-19 are our top priorities.

 

The State of Illinois Governor JB Pritzker and Sangamon County Public Health Department are mandating that all large-scale events exceeding 1000 individuals be cancelled for the next 30 days.  WATERCON was expected to attract over 1,500 total attendees.

 

Carolyn Grieves further stated “ We are especially proud of the work that our exhibitors, presenters, committee members, volunteers, and staff have all put into preparing for the conference. However, when we considered that our most fundamental purpose is protection of public health, the only responsible decision was to consider the greater community and put safety first and foremost.

 

Section staff are working to cancel all critical activities including the technical program, business meetings, competitions, and process refunds. The hotel will automatically process cancellations for those that reserved at the conference rate.  Information will be posted on the ISAWWA website as available at www.isawwa.org   

 

Vice-Chair Randy Lusk states, “We appreciate your cooperation and understanding in light of the extraordinary situation that the nation and state are currently facing.”  

 

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For more info contact Laurie Dougherty via email:  laurie@isawwa.org or Annie Storey at annie@isawwa.org  To reach the office call 866-521-3595.  The website is www.isawwa.org or www.watercon.info

 

Gov. Pritzker office: https://www2.illinois.gov/Pages/news-item.aspx?ReleaseID=21245

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