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!

Tuesday, May 20, 2014
July 20 - 26, 2014 is Water and Wastewater Workers of Iowa Week!
On May 5, 2014, Governor Terry Branstad signed a proclamation declaring July 20 - 26, 2014 as Water and Wastewater Workers of Iowa Week to recognize water and wastewater workers for their dedication to enhancing drinking and recreational waters of Iowa and improving the quality of life, protecting public health and promoting sustainability in our way of living. Click Here to view the proclamation.

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