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Wednesday, June 8, 2016


Completing an Energy Audit – What You Need to Do Your Own

June 22, 2016, 1:30PM - 2:30PM EST

 

If you are interested in completing your own energy audit, this webinar will provide you with the information you need to be successful.  By completing an energy audit you will be able to see what the energy costs are to run each piece of equipment you use at your utility.  This information can then be used to help determine if there are potential operational changes, size changes or other changes that could be made that would save the utility operations money that could be better used elsewhere. 

 

Register: http://efcnetwork.org/events/webinar-completing-energy-audit-need/




Wednesday, June 8, 2016


Keys to Recruiting Qualified Water Utility Staff

July 21, 2016, 2:00PM – 3:00PM EST

 

What are your utility’s most valuable assets? Nope, it’s not your pumps or your lines, it’s your employees.

 

Attendees will learn to:

  • Recognize the barriers to attracting qualified water operators and other water industry employees
  • Identify the benefits to working in the water industry and utilize those “selling points” to attract qualified employees
  • Frame job descriptions, postings and other recruitment tools in a way that attracts job seekers, especially Millennials
  • Target recruitment efforts and establish plans to find future employees

 

Register: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7465059803546637316




Tuesday, June 7, 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 http://www.iowadnr.gov/aware or contact Taylor at 515.233.0000 or tah@foxeng.com.


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




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.


CLICK HERE TO REGISTER ONLINE




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 http://ridewithpurpose.org/.


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.