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Thursday, January 30, 2014

2014 Iowa Children’s Water Festival needs YOU!

The ICWF serves approximately 2000 5th grade students from rural, underprivileged and small schools. We are in the process of recruiting 150 volunteers to help us by being class guides, setting up, tearing down and handing out lunches.


The 2014 Festival is scheduled for May 15th at the DMACC Ankeny campus.


We would like to have as many volunteers from the water industry as possible involved in this event so that their knowledge may be available to the teachers and students participating.


Please pass this information along to anyone in your organization who may be interested in volunteering.


All volunteers must fill out a volunteer form, which can be found at the web address below, and returned to Jennifer Cisar at:


For more information regarding the Iowa Children’s Water Festival please visit our website:
Thursday, December 19, 2013

Water is....
The Value of Water Coalition, of which AWWA is a current member, has launched a public education campaign to raise awareness of the current state of the country's water and wastewater infrastructure. Visit for more information.
Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Senate OKs bill to exempt hydrants from lead-safety law 
Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Shrimp and Bingo Fundraising Committee presents check for over $19,000 
Members of the Shrimp and Bingo Fundraising Committee recently presented a check for $19,060.75 to the Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC) Foundation. The money will be used to fund scholarships for students in the DMACC Water Environment Technology program. 

The 2014 Shrimp and Bingo Fundraiser is scheduled for August 2014.

Pictured - Shrimp and Bingo Fundraising Committee; Front Row (L to R): Scott Wienands, Nutri-Ject Systems; Rob Denson, DMACC President; Bob Watson, Watson Brothers and Dennis Hayworth, DMACC Business Resources Project Officer. Back Row (L to R): Carla Schumacher, FOX Engineering; Kevin Moler, Clear Lake Sanitary District; Kam Reeves, City of Ottumwa; Greg Huff, Iowa Rural Water Association and Mark Simms, DMACC Program Chair and Water Environment Technology instructor. Not Pictured: Jill Soenen, Iowa Association of Municipal Utilities and Tim Wilkey, Stanley Group.
Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Water Utility Council Update - A Federal jury finds JM Eagle liable for making and selling faulty water system piping to several states and municipalities. Read more about this topic at

Thursday, October 31, 2013

New OSHA Hazard Communication Standards begin December 1, 2013
Revisions to OSHA Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) - 29 CFR 1910.1200 were published on March 26, 2012. The first compliance date for the revised code is December 1, 2013. For more information on this code revision, Read the Iowa Section AWWA Safety Committee Notice or visit the OSHA website:

Friday, October 18, 2013

Cedar Falls takes the title of Best Tasting Water in Iowa!

The Iowa Section AWWA held its annual Water Tasting Contest on October 16, 2013 at the Section’s annual conference in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. A panel of judges scored each entry based on the water's appearance, odor and taste. Twelve communities entered the competition with Cedar Falls taking this year’s title of Best Tasting Water in Iowa. Congratulations Cedar Falls!


Other communities that entered the contest included: Cedar Rapids, Marshalltown, Ames, Newton, Oskaloosa, Keokuk, Des Moines, Iowa City, West Des Moines, Otummwa and Mason City.

Phil Propes awarded the George Warren Fuller Award

Phil Propes was award the George Warren Fuller Award at this annual Iowa Section AWWA conference on October 17, 2013. The George Warren Fuller Award is presented annually by the American Water Works Association to the Section’s respective selected member for their distinguished service to the water supply field in commemoration of the sound engineering skill, the brilliant diplomatic talent, and the constructive leadership which characterized the life of George Warren Fuller.


Shelli Grapp awarded Outstanding Service to the Profession Award

Shelli Grapp, Water Quality Bureau Chief for the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, was awarded the Outstanding Service to the Profession Award at the annual Iowa Section AWWA conference on October 16, 2013. This award recognizes individuals, groups or organizations who have made significant contributions to the water supply profession.


Jon Martens awarded Outstanding Service to AWWA Award

Jon Martens, Atlantic Municipal Utilities, was awarded the Outstanding Service to AWWA award at the annual Iowa Section AWWA conference on October 16, 2013. This award honors members of the Iowa Section AWWA who have demonstrated outstanding service to the association through leadership and active participation in AWWA programs.


Monday, September 16, 2013 - UPDATED 12/19/2013

2014 State of the Water Industry Survey!
AWWA has been tracking water industry trends since it was founded in 1881 and continues this tradition by using its annual State of the Water Industry Survey to:
  • Identify and track significant challenges facing the water industry
  • Provide data and analyses to support water professionals as they develop strategies to address current issues
  • Discover potential problems or concerns on the water industry's horizon

The 2014 State of the Water Industry Survey has closed.

The results of the 2013 State of the Industry Survey are now available. Click Here for information on how to download the Executive Summary.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

July 21 - 27, 2013 is Water and Wastewater Workers of Iowa Week!
On July 18, 2013, Governor Terry Branstad signed a proclamation declaring July 21 - 27, 2013 as Water and Wastewater Workers of Iowa Week. Members of the Iowa Section American Water Works Association (IA-AWWA), Iowa Water Environment Association (IAWEA), and Iowa Association of Municipal Utilities (IAMU) were present for the signing. To view the proclamation, CLICK HERE.
Pictured Above (Left to Right): Tim Wilson (IA-AWWA), Dennis Hayworth (DMACC), Bob Watson (IAWEA), Governor Terry Branstad, John Dunn (IA-AWWA), Jill Soenen (IAMU), and Scott Wienands (IAWEA).