Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Iowa AWWA Annual Conference Registration - UPDATE

UPDATE: Online registration for the annual conference is now CLOSED. Walk-in registration on the day of the event are still welcome. Visit the Annual Conference page for more information. 

The Annual Conference will be held October 4-6, 2016 at the Prairie Meadows Hotel & Conference Center in Altoona, Iowa. 

August 24, 2016

FREE WEBINAR - Succession Planning
September 15, 2016
2:00PM - 3:00PM EST

With an aging workforce and declining interest and engagement from younger professionals entering the workforce, developing a succession plan is a vital component to managing water infrastructure. This webinar will touch on the topics of recruitment, retention and will do a detailed review of how to develop a succession plan.

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn some new techniques and avenues for recruiting new staff
  • Learn retention activities and identify ways to use them in their own utility
  • Understand what is needed to prepare a succession plan, and
  • Be given tools to use in their workforce planning activities



August 12, 2016

YP Outing Scheduled for August 25!
The  next AWWA/IAWEA YP outing will be an Iowa Cubs game on Thursday, August 25. The Iowa Cubs play Omaha at 6:38 PM.
You are welcome to meet the group for dinner prior to the game. We can set the exact time at location for dinner once we know who's coming, but would likely be 5:15 or so relatively near Principal Park.

Please contact Taylor Hopper by noon on Wednesday, August 24 if you would like to attend. The plan is to buy tickets at the gate, but earlier responses are appreciated (especially if you would like to get dinner). Be sure to let Taylor know how many tickets you need and how many plan to attend dinner. Significant others and children are welcome. Please specify if anyone is 13 or younger as they are cheaper. If you have any questions or comments, don't hesitate to call or email Taylor at tah@foxeng.com515.233.0000 (office), or 515.520.9702 (cellular).

Friday, July 8, 2016

Free Upcoming EFCN Webinars

Determining the Risk: Asset Management Risk Analysis Discussion and Available Tools
August 24, 2016
12:30PM - 1:30PM CDT

One of the five core components of Asset Management is to determine the criticality of each of your assets. This can be accomplished by completing a risk analysis. When completing the risk analysis you have to ask two questions about each asset. First, how likely is it that the asset will fail? And second, what are the consequences if the asset does fail? There are many things to consider when answering these two questions. This webinar includes a discussion about completing an asset risk analysis and will review a newly developed tool that can assist you in determining what factors to consider when evaluating probability of failure and consequence of failure by asset category. 

Upon completing this webinar, participants should have a better understanding of what factors to consider when completing a risk analysis for water system assets. The risk analysis is used to determine which water system assets are most critical. Therefore, by better understanding the risk analysis, defining critical assets becomes more fact based. 




Are your Rates too High – Looking at Affordability of Water Rates
September 13, 2016
1:00PM - 2:00PM CST

Concerns over affordability often stymie a needed rate increase. In many cases, the utility has not performed the relevant analyses to determine how extensive affordability concerns really are. This webinar will demonstrate how the “Water and Wastewater Residential Rates Affordability Assessment Tool” can be used to assess the level of affordability in the community, using parameters beyond the Median Household Income (MHI). The webinar will also include information and resources on how to design an assistance program for those customers who cannot afford their water bills. The programs highlighted will include options related to rates, as well as water efficiency. 

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn why affordability programs are relevant to drinking water systems
  • Learn about how to determine if there are affordability concerns in your specific service area
  • Find out about some of the latest trends in designing customer assistance programs to address affordability concerns


Monday, June 27, 2016

Attend the 5th Annual Shrimp & Bingo Scholarship Fundraiser!
The 5th Annual Shrimp & Bingo Scholarship Fundraiser will be held on Saturday, August 27, 2016 at the FFA Enrichment Center, DMACC Ankeny Campus.  This event provides scholarships for students in the Water Environmental Technology program at DMACC. Tickets are required to enter the venue and must be purchased by Friday, August 15, 2016. Tickets are NOT sold at the door. Download the Ticket Information form for instructions on how to purchase tickets for this event. 

Sponsorship opportunities are also available. All contributions will be accepted with proceeds going to the Water Environmental Technology Program Student Assistance Fund c/o the DMACC Foundation. To find out more about how to be a sponsor for this event, download the Sponsorship Form.  The deadline for sponsor registration is August 15, 2016.

For more information on this event, contact:
Dennis Hayworth
Phone: 515-256-4925

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. 



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



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 or contact Taylor at 515.233.0000 or

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.


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.