Friday, May 27, 2016

Iowa's Drinking Water: Could Flint Happen Here?

When: Friday, June 17, 2016, 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Where: Iowa Events Center - HyVee Hall, Des Moines, IA

This symposium will explore the current state of Iowa’s drinking water and the future challenges confronting water providers in the state to reliably deliver safe drinking water to Iowans.  Co-organized by the University of Iowa Public Policy Center and the Center for Health Effects of Environmental Contamination (CHEEC), this all day event will include panels of water experts from academia, industry, and the public sector including the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR).  In light of recent, high profile incidents of public health crises arising from drinking water contamination around the United States, a special focus will be placed on whether drinking water supplies in Iowa are susceptible to similar vulnerabilities experienced elsewhere.  This includes a presentation by members of the Flint Water Study, who will share first-hand experiences and lessons learned from the public health crisis in Flint, Michigan. Beyond Flint, panel topics will address other potential threats to the sustainability of Iowa’s drinking water supplies.


0.6 CEUs will be available for water treatment and distribution operators.


Registration will be taken up to the day of the event, but you must register by Monday, June 13 to include lunch.


Thursday, April 7, 2016

Volunteers Needed for the 20th Annual Iowa Children's Water Festival!
The 20th Annual Iowa Children's Water Festival will be held Thursday, May 12, 2016 at the Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC) Ankeny Campus. Approximately 2,000 5th grade students from around the state of Iowa have registered for the festival and over 200 volunteers are needed to make this event happen!

If you are interested in volunteering for this event, DOWNLOAD the Volunteer Registration Form.

The deadline for submitting volunteer registrations is May 5, 2016. For more information, contact:

Linda Kinman
ICWF Volunteer Coordinator
Iowa Association of Water Agencies
PO Box 42012
Urbandale, Iowa 50323
Phone: 515-669-4899

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Using Future Scenarios to Identify Risk and Test Resiliency 
April 13, 2016, 2:00PM - 3:00PM EST

Participants will be introduced to two systemic tools, PESTEL and Wind Tunnel. PESTEL is a simple strategic planning tool that allows participants to develop potential future scenarios that may impact their program with a systemic view. A wind tunnel is a tool that tests system operations (both internal and external) against various future scenarios developed through the PESTEL. 


  • By using PESTEL, participants learn how to identify and prioritize potential Political, Environmental, Social, Technological, Economic and Legal futures and stakeholders. PESTEL allows water systems to move beyond basic emergency planning to identify and prioritize futures that may positively and/or negatively impact their efforts to provide safe drinking water to their communities. 
  • The Wind Tunnel is designed to allow participants to test potential futures that may have a significant impact on their water system. The Wind Tunnel tool is designed to help water systems understand their level of resiliency, reduce future conflict and identify and prioritizes exposures.


Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Ask the Expert: Advice for Setting Your Rates

March 22, 2016, 2:00PM - 3:00PM EST


If you are looking to set appropriate rates for your water system, you probably have many questions about the process.

· Where is a good place to start?

· Are our current rates right?

· What are the different rate structure options?

You may have specific questions regarding something you’ve tried and had difficulty with. This online forum will provide individuals with a unique opportunity to ask any and all questions regarding rate setting and fiscal planning. Shadi Eskaf and Glenn Barnes from the Environmental Finance Center at The University of North Carolina will be on hand to answer your questions. Both have extensive experience helping small water systems with their rates.

For all FREE 2016 Small Systems Training opportunities, visit

Monday, February 22, 2016

For Water & Wastewater Operators AND Utility Customer Service!

Why Should I Attend?

This conference provides the perfect opportunity to obtain needed CEUs.  This is also a good way to meet new people and network with other professionals in the water/wastewater field.    NOW includes a Customer Service Track too! 

You will receive excellent presentations, have a choice of optional sessions in your area of interest and be able to turn in your DNR form at the end of the conference to obtain your needed CEUs.  

When: Monday, April 11Tuesday, April 12 2016


Des Moines Area Community College

FFA Enrichment Center

1055 SW Prairie Trail Parkway

Ankeny, IA 50023

INCLUDES the following educational tracks and continuing education credits (CEUs):
  • Water Treatment
  • Water Distribution
  • Wastewater
  • Customer Service ***NEW*** 

Up to 1 CEU available for this 2-day Conference

Friday, January 22, 2016

Attend the 2016 Project AWARE River Cleanup

Project AWARE, the annual canoe-based river cleanup organized by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, will convene in southeast Iowa this year. The cleanup has been set for July 11-15 on the Des Moines River. A group from the Iowa Section of the American Water Works Association and the Iowa Water Environment Association is being organized by Taylor Hopper. 

Group participation is planned for July 11-12, with canoeing starting in Eldon, Iowa, and continuing downstream from there. You are welcome to participate for all or part of the group outing or even stay longer if you want. For more information visit or contact Taylor at 515.233.0000 or

Caption: A canoe-maran is utilized to haul a deep freeze found in the River during Project AWARE last year. 

SAVE THE DATE - Spring Short Course
April 11-12, 2016 at the FFA Enrichment Center, DMACC Campus, Ankeny, Iowa
Registration will open early February 2016

SAVE THE DATE - Fall Short Course
September 13-14, 2016 at the FFA Enrichment Center, DMACC Campus, Ankeny, Iowa
Registration will open Summer 2016

SAVE THE DATE - Iowa AWWA Annual Conference
October 4-6, 2016 at the Prairie Meadows Hotel & Conference Center, Altoona Iowa

Monday, August 31, 2015

"The Water Buffalos" raise $100,000 for Water For People!

Ride With Purpose Association, otherwise known as “The Water Buffalos” challenged the California/Nevada Section, this year’s host for AWWA’s Annual Conference and Exposition (ACE), that they could not raise more money for Water For People than they could.  The Iowa Section was proud to again be a sponsor who supported the Water Buffalos who won the challenge by raising over $100,000 for the ride.  

The Water Buffalos are motorcycle riding enthusiasts and water and wastewater professionals from all over the United States and Canada.  Each year their ride begins from several locations across the two countries and ends at the location where ACE is being held. “THE RIDE” as it has come to be known amongst members of the group is in the spirit of raising money and awareness for non-profit organizations that provide safe drinking water, sanitation services and environmental stewardship to communities in need, both in the U.S. and abroad.  There are currently over 80 members from across the U.S. & Canada, and the ACE15 ride was a record breaker for the group.   The President of the organization is Alex Hood, an AWWA member from the Indiana Section, and he was able to offer up the following, staggering statistics:  

  • On the 2015 ACE ride there were eight different brands of motorcycles ridden.
  • There were members from 12 AWWA sections representing 13 states & 3 Canadian provinces. 
  • There were 27 total motorcycles, and 32 total participants.  
  • Amongst the riders there were 119 vacation days that were used for a total of 174 days spent on the road amongst the members getting to and from ACE.  
  • He estimated somewhere around 1,500 gallons of gasoline was consumed, riding a total of 60,430 miles.  

Many in the group are directionally challenged, and a straight line between point A & B is not the preferred route to ACE…..or anywhere for that matter.  The members of Ride With Purpose do not use any of the money that they raise to offset their, or any other riders expenses, and they travel and fundraise on their own time and dime.  

For more information about the Water Buffalos, visit

Tell your friends, sign up, make a difference in the world, and have the absolute time of your life doing it. Horns Up!

Thursday, May 15, 2014
AWWA Press Release
AWWA, WEF hail imminent passage of WIFIA infrastructure legislation.