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Thursday, October 1, 2015

Young Professionals Bowling Outing - October 12th
The next IAWEA / AWWA  / ISU WEF activity will be a bowling outing held on Monday, October 12 at Perfect Games in Ames. Lanes are reserved at 6:00 PM, so it would be best to arrive just before 6:00. We'll plan to wrap up about 8:00. If your timing needs to be different, just let Taylor know.

Please RSVP by email to Taylor Hopper ( by noon on Thursday, October 8 if you plan to attend. Earlier responses are greatly appreciated.

If you have any questions or comments, feel free to contact Taylor by phone (515.233.000 [O] / 515.520.9702 [C]) or email.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

If you have not registered, please feel free to attend as a walk-in.  You may complete the paper copy of the registration form found on the Annual Conference page and bring with you to the registration desk, along with payment, when you arrive on the day of the event.

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!

Monday, August 24, 2015

**CANCELLED** - 39th Annual Customer Service Seminar
Due to low enrollment, the Annual Customer Service Seminar has been cancelled.

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Purchase Tickets to the 4th Annual Shrimp & Bingo Fundraiser!
The 4th Annual Shrimp & Bingo Fundraiser will be held on August 22, 2015 at the FFA Enrichment Center, DMACC Ankeny Campus. Social Hour starts at 5:30 pm. Shrimp Feast starts at 6:30 pm with Bingo and prizes following. Tickets must be purchased in advance; tickets are not sold at the door. Deadline for ticket purchase is Friday, August 14, 2015. CLICK HERE to download a ticket information form.

Sponsorship opportunities are also available. All contributions will be accepted with proceeds going to the Water Environment Technology Program Student Assistance Fund c/o the DMACC Foundation. Deadline for sponsor registration is Friday, August 14, 2015. CLICK HERE to download more information on sponsorship opportunities for this event.

Friday, July 17, 2015


Water & Wastewater Fall Short Course
Tuesday, September 15 - Wednesday, September 16, 2015
FFA Enrichment Center
1055 SW Prairie Trail Parkway, Ankeny, IA

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.

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 necessary CEU credits.

Contact the IA-AWWA Office at 515-284-7055 or email at

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Our next AWWA/IAWEA YP outing will be dinner and an Iowa Cubs game. 
The team is in Des Moines June 23 - July 3. Dinner is tentatively planned for 5:30 and the games are at 7:08 PM.

Please take the Doodle survey linked below if you are interested. Also contact Taylor if you have a suggestion or preference for dinner. Buzzard Billy's or El Bait Shop are a couple ideas. If you have any questions or comments, you can reach Taylor Hopper at 515.233.0000 or

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
AWW Press Release
AWWA, WEF hail imminent passage of WIFIA infrastructure legislation.