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February 2011

Illinois Section American Water Works Association

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Chair’s Report�������������������������������������������������������������������� 06 Looking To The New Year��������������������������������������������������� 07 AWWA Director Report������������������������������������������������������� 08 Outgoing Secretary-Treasurer & Incoming Vice Chair������ 12 District 1 Trustee Report���������������������������������������������������� 13 District 2 Trustee Report ��������������������������������������������������� 14 District 5 Trustee Report ��������������������������������������������������� 14 Backflow Committee���������������������������������������������������������� 15 Legislative Report ������������������������������������������������������������� 16 Membership Committee ��������������������������������������������������� 20 Small Systems Committee ����������������������������������������������� 21 In Memoriam: Richard A. Pavia ���������������������������������������� 21 Water Taste Test Needs Competitors�������������������������������� 22 Water Efficiency Committee ��������������������������������������������� 22 Water Museum ������������������������������������������������������������������ 23 Meter Madness������������������������������������������������������������������ 24 Water Distribution Committee ������������������������������������������ 24 MAC Committee ����������������������������������������������������������������� 25 Nominating Report ������������������������������������������������������������ 25 Young Professionals Committee �������������������������������������� 28 Water For People ��������������������������������������������������������������� 29 IMTECH Committee ����������������������������������������������������������� 30 Education Committee ������������������������������������������������������� 31 Chromium Six in The Spotlight ����������������������������������������� 32 Safety/Emergency Planning Committee��������������������������� 32 Calling All Watermain Tappers ������������������������������������������ 33 Outreach Committee: Volunteers Needed ����������������������� 36 Quarter Service Award Nomination Form ������������������������ 37 Tapping Contest Materials Benefit Haiti��������������������������� 38 Portable Drinking Water Trailer����������������������������������������� 39 Illinois Public Service Institute������������������������������������������ 40 Sign Up for ILWARN Now – Before The Crisis Hits!���������� 44 Memories from The Past��������������������������������������������������� 45 Volunteering – It’s Not Like It Used To Be������������������������ 49 WATERCON 2011 Sponsors����������������������������������������������� 50 Shower Timers & Leak Detection Tablet Order Form������� 51 WATERCON 2011 Attendee Registration Form���������������� 52 AWWA 2011 Individual Membership Application������������� 53 Meter Madness Competition Entry Form�������������������������� 54 Tapping Contest Entry Form���������������������������������������������� 55 Top Ops Contest Information��������������������������������������������� 56 Top Ops Contest Entry Form���������������������������������������������� 57 WATERCON 2011 Layout: Main Floor Exhibit Hall������������ 58 WATERCON 2011 Layout: 1st Floor Lobby����������������������� 60 WATERCON 2011 Layout: 2nd Floor Lobby���������������������� 61 WATERCON 2011 Exhibitors���������������������������������������������� 62 ISAWWA New Members List���������������������������������������������� 64 ISAWWA Board. Trustees & Committee Chairs����������������� 65 Index of Advertisers����������������������������������������������������������� 66

American Water Works Association (AWWA) is the authoritative resource on safe water, providing knowledge, information and advocacy to improve the quality and supply of water in North America and beyond. AWWA advances public health, safety and welfare by uniting the efforts of the full spectrum of the water community. The Illinois Section of the American Water Works Association (ISAWWA) has over 2100 members throughout the State of Illinois. Illinois Section AWWA is the resource for seminars, workshops, video rental library and teleconferences. The Association develops and delivers low cost and convenient educational seminars for water industry professionals. If you would like to place an ad in Splash, please fill out the form in this magazine and return electronically to or mail to the address below. Illinois Section AWWA 545 South Randall Road St. Charles, IL 60174

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Chair’s Report John A. Smith, Chair

seconds click down to the final bid. Plus I get to take home some great “stuff” every year. A lot has happened this past year. Just a few of the Section accomplishments over include: • Hosting ACE2010 in Chicago, which included coordinating the efforts of over 400 volunteers. • Planning for our third joint conference with IWEA – Watercon 2011.

Watercon 2011 will be here soon. I’m writing this in January, so it’s only about eight weeks away – March 21-24. If you don’t already know, it’s a combined ISAWWA/IWEA conference and expo again this year. Watercon will be Illinois’ largest water conference covering potable water and wastewater issues. The conference will have more than 100 technical presentations, along with poster presentations, exhibits, receptions, and banquets. Our annual conference just keeps getting better every year. I enjoy all the activities at the conference, but the Silent Auction held to benefit Water for People is one of my favorites. The money raised goes for a great cause; and it’s fun to watch as the minutes and

• Holding a very successful strategic planning session, which provided direction for the Board as well as committees. • Designing a new member-focused website. • Providing educational opportunities throughout the State, which included holding 88 seminars and 31 webinars. • Coordinating the efforts of over 300 Section members who volunteer to serve on the Board and on committees. • Developing a program to recruit unemployed workers to join the water industry. • Offering online e-learning that provides renewal training credits.

My year as Section Chair will end at the close of Watercon. I want to take this opportunity to say that it’s been a great and a rewarding experience and to thank all of you who helped to make this another successful year for ISAWWA. I will continue to encourage all of you, as members of ISAWWA, to get involved in Section leadership if you’re not already a part this group. You will not only meet a group of great (and interesting) people, but you will also get to be a part of the effort that goes into making this Section one of the most respected sections in AWWA. To those of you already involved, you make all of the success happen by your hard work and dedication, and I want to say thanks for all you do. No matter what it is you do, your efforts are critical to the success of the Section. I also want recognize our section staff. Laurie Dougherty, Lisa Jordan, and Sandi McGinnis - all work hard at keeping everything coordinated and moving forward. Laurie, Lisa, and Sandi, thanks for all you do! Join me at Watercon 2011 as I turn the gavel over to incoming Chair Dennis Ross, and join me in extending to Dennis our congratulations and our commitment to helping him continue to make the Illinois Section the success that it is.

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Looking to the New Year Dennis Ross, Chair-Elect

With snow still flying and the holidays fading into memory, now seems to be the perfect time to look ahead to 2011. With all of the challenges we each face, it can quickly become overwhelming – new regulations on the horizon and funding challenges for almost everyone are just a few things that come to mind. Maybe you are experiencing

a reduction in the workforce as employees inch ever closer to retirement. How do you do more with less? Develop new programs with little time to do the research? Where can you find the answers? I would suggest that what you are facing many of your peers in ISAWWA are also facing or have already had to address. Attending the annual conference in March is just one of many ways to make the needed connections with your peers to help you work through these challenges.

The next step is to get involved in the Section on a committee level. In the back of this issue of Splash you will find a list of committees and the contact information for the chairperson. Look for an area or topic that is of interest to you, make the phone call, and get involved. It only takes a few minutes to take that all-important step. The time commitment is what you can afford to put into it, and the rewards are directly related to the time you can share!

Without a doubt I have learned as much from networking in the Section as I have from the seminars and sessions I attend at our conference. Don’t get me wrong. There is an ever-expanding list of topical issues being addressed by the Section throughout the year in one-day seminars, webinars and the annual conference. The Illinois Section is second to none when it comes to cutting edge educational programs. But if you dig a little deeper, get involved, talk to the presenters and members of the audience, and ask a few questions, you will be amazed at what you learn.

I look forward to seeing each of you at the conference in March. There are some new things planned this year, and the technical program looks fantastic. This promises to be one of the best conferences ever – they just keep getting better. Don’t forget we will have the Water Museum on the second floor, so dig out that old water or waste water jewel you have in the back room, dust it off, and share it with your peers. If you are bringing an item, please drop me a quick line to insure we have the space to display it (

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she will represent Illinois very well. In addition, the AWWA Board elected a new President-elect (Charlie Anderson, Texas Section), four Vice-presidents (Dan Hood, Indiana Section, Dennis Kelleher, New York Section, Gene Koontz, Pennsylvania Section, and Wayne Stiver, Ontario Section and two Directors-at-Large (Alissa Lockett, Texas Section, and Rosemary Burbulis Smud, California-Nevada Section).. Congratulations to all!

“ Thoughts and Observations while waiting for the Cubs to win the World Series” I would like to congratulate all of my friends who are Packer Fans. While I was enjoying some welcome sunshine and warmth attending the AWWA Winter Board Meeting in San Antonio this past January, I was able to watch what I had hoped to be a historic victory for the Chicago Bears against the Green Bay Packers in the NFC Championship game. Unfortunately, someone didn’t tell the Bears they had a game and they forgot to show up. While neither team played championship caliber football, the Packers were able to withstand a late fourth quarter drive by the Bears third string quarterback to earn the opportunity to play in the Super bowl. In addition to the Packers and Steelers coming away from the weekend as winners, I would like to congratulate Kyla Jacobsen for being elected Incoming Director for the Illinois Section. Kyla was able to attend the Winter Board meeting with me and I have high hopes for her success on the Board. I know 8 A wwa d i r e c t o r r e p o r t S P L A S H February 2011

I have been reporting in recent issues about AWWA’s concern regarding declining membership. Membership continues to decline for a variety of reasons including employers who have ceased to pay for employee’s memberships. Recently, AWWA Executive Director, David LaFrance reorganized his staff in Denver to better align them with the strategic plan and give much needed priority to member needs. One of the more significant aspects of the reorganization included the promotion of Susan Franceschi from Manager of Section Services to Chief Membership Officer. The reorganization also included the development of four specific workgroups: 1. Organizational Stewardship - Lynn Laskey, Chief Financial Officer Bob Huff, Chief Information Officer This functional center ensures that AWWA is an effective and efficient organization. It covers financial services, information services, customer services and human resources. 2. Member Engagement & Development – Susan Franceschi, Chief Membership Officer This functional center ensures that AWWA is the association of choice. It covers Membership Services and Section Services. 3. Knowledge Creation & Exchange – Paula MacIlwaine, Deputy Executive Director

This functional center is responsible for development and delivery of AWWA’s vast treasure of authoritative resources. It covers Conference & Events, Publications, Engineering & Technical Services, and Sales and Research. 4. Leadership and Advocacy – Tom Curtis, Deputy Executive Director This functional center is responsible for identifying critical issues and advocating for public policy. It covers Government Affairs and Public Communication. The 2011 AWWA Budget was approved by the Board with projected revenue of $28.7 million and projected expenses of $27.9 million. The net income of approximately 816,000 would be earmarked to cover bond covenants, reserves and new programs based on fully developed business plans. The Board also approved a Collaboration Agreement with the Water Environment Federation (WEF) that will establish a working relationship to promote future cooperative programs, the first being a joint Washington D.C. Fly-In in April of 2011. In an effort to make AWWA truly the world’s foremost authority on safe water, the Board and staff are working with countries around the globe to help spread the AWWA message. Efforts include meeting with the leadership of the Indian Water Works Association to discuss the sharing of AWWA’s standards, the Singapore Public Utilities Board, the Korean Water and Wastewater Association where a Memorandum of Understanding has already been signed sharing web links, online education programs and exchanging publication articles. AWWA is also developing an MOU with the Caribbean Water and Wastewater Association who is interested in becoming the next AWWA Section. My

IEPA to Modify Public Water Supply Loan Program Rules Dennis L. Duffield, P.E. offer to be the liaison to this group has thus far fallen on deaf ears. We are working with the Australia Water Works Association to re-establish the now expired MOU. We are also talking with Australia about the possibility of offering cross memberships where interested members from both organizations can pay a premium and receive member benefits with both Associations. Finally we have signed an MOU with the International Water Association. The IWA has opened an office in Washington D.C. and we have worked with them to cross sell publications. I briefly mention the AWWA Fly-In earlier and in April the Illinois Section will once again be joining representatives from the other 42 Sections and WEF to bring one voice to Congress. We are still working on the message, but I am sure it will include issues including Fluoride and Infrastructure Financing. AWWA is also working on promoting Hill visits during ACE which will also be in Washington D.C. in June. You will hear more as we get closer to that event. Lastly, President Joe Mantua issued a challenge to the entire AWWA Board of Director’s to personally sponsor a student as a member of AWWA. We all know the future of AWWA is ultimately in the hands of future generations and surveys have recently shown newer generations are less likely to participate in industry associations. Towards that end, we can help ourselves by introducing the value of association membership to students with a modest $28 sponsorship. I intend to seek out a student with interest in learning more about the water industry sponsor their membership and I am encouraging you to do the same.

The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency, Bureau of Water (IEPA, BOW) has undertaken a review of the rules for obtaining a loan from the Public Water Supply Loan Program (PWSLP). It is anticipated that modifications to the existing rules will be proposed during 2011 and in place prior to the filing of pre-applications in 2012. The IEPA, BOW staff assembled a stakeholders committee to participate in a discussion of the items to be considered during the development of the modifications. Dennis L. Duffield, P.E. of Duffield Consulting Engineers, Ltd. represented the Illinois Section on the stakeholders committee. The stakeholders committee held a series of conference calls and meetings between April 2010 and December 2010 to discuss issues concerning streamlining the loan program. Geoff Andres led the discussion for IEPA, BOW. In December 2010, IEPA distributed their recommendations. Geoff Andres stated in his December communication with the stakeholders committee that “IEPA intends to use these recommendations to more closely align the PWSLP with changing federal guidelines and requirements for the State Revolving Fund (SRF) programs, and to assure that the priorities, eligibilities and processes used in current and future program operations are conducive to maximizing the future of effective public water supply operations in Illinois.” Recommendations being considered by IEPA, BOW include the following: 1. Pre-applications will be more detailed to gather information that allows preliminary development of a Project Priority list 2. Pre-applications must continue to be renewed annually. 3. Project funding will remain on a oneyear cycle, so prediction of a future funding date will continue to be difficult. 4. Pre-applications will be limited to five

per water supply to allow a better staff review of fewer projects 5. To align with the federal guidelines, projects will be placed in two classes. The first class will be compliance and reliability projects. The second class will be “green” or “sustainable” projects. Sustainable projects will focus on optimization of water system operations such as metering programs, water loss prevention programs and projects addressing the protection and conservation of surface and ground water sources. 6. Scoring for priority of projects for compliance and reliability will be based generally on the same scoring factors in the existing regulations. Scoring factors for sustainable projects are defined in federal regulations. 7. Ranking points based on household income will be modified. IEPA, BOW is looking for a source of information that provides better measure of affordability. The Stakeholders Group included membership from the groups that do not understand water supplies and impacts of the control of business operations by elected officials. Some of the members sought to develop a scoring system that penalized systems with the greatest need for this source of funding. These members thought that high leakage and compliance issues are the result of bad operations in the past and that funding these systems would be a bad use of federal funds. A points system that rewarded systems with low leakage, no compliance issues and low energy usage was thought to be the best use of loan funds. The conclusion of the Stakeholders Group meetings is just the beginning of this issue. Members are encouraged to monitor this issue during 2011 to assure that the rules implemented continue to allow water supplies access to funding for needed projects. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me. Dennis L. Duffield, P.E., President Duffield Consulting Engineers, Ltd. 815-693-9871

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Greetings from the Outgoing Secretary-Treasurer and Incoming Vice Chair John H. Van Arsdel

volunteer, you are committed to giving the time to make things happen, but you get so much more in return.

It seems only yesterday (actually, last winter) that I composed an article for Splash where I stated “more of the white stuff is falling from the sky…” Well, here we are - a year later - with similar stuff falling out of the sky. That crystalline form of the precious resource we base our work on is a reminder of the constant changes and challenges facing the water industry. It is time for changes, and I’m happy to say that I am a part of the change process in ISAWWA. My term as your Secretary-Treasurer is about to end, as my new role as Vice Chair begins. I would like to express my sincere gratitude for the support of those in ISAWWA for allowing me to serve. This does not mean I can retire my “spell check” and “grammar check”, as I will need those tools later as I work on the other areas of responsibility for the next office. The water industry faces serious challenges on a number of fronts, and our organization has stepped up to face these challenges head on. Those who have stepped up and volunteered to provide leadership and direction to our State’s leading authority on drinking water will tell you that, once you

There are many areas of concern for AWWA; however, two areas really stand out: membership and leadership. I recall reading some blurbs from John Donahue’s last Splash article where he states that, on a national level, AWWA is losing membership at an alarming rate. It is not just our organization that is seeing this trend; other professional groups have seen similar drops. Reasons for the drops can be attributed to the economy, changes in technology, but it can also be attributed to the perceived value of an individual’s membership. We all joined AWWA for specific reasons. We need to revisit those reasons to be able to reach our audience and potential new members and to provide them with the value that will give them reasons to become and stay involved. That brings the second item into focus, leadership. Leadership is a key element of volunteer organizations. Once a member has joined, we need to provide opportunities for activation of that new member. A great way is by simply asking for their involvement, whether is on a committee, educational seminars, or other activities such as the Visitation Day, golf outings, Young Professional events, and much more. Just ask someone you know to get involved. Most folks become involved because they get asked by their peers. I started my involvement with the Education Committee several years ago . . . not quite when dinosaurs roamed, as some of you may believe. It was this springboard of involvement in the educational area that allowed me to see the many opportunities available to me through involvement in the Section. I received lots of encouragement from fellow committee members, board members, and some

prodding from Laurie. Since my initial experience, I have become involved in additional committee activities, not just with ISAWWA, but also on the national level. I admit that a little prodding can really take you a long way. While a lot of the reasons for involvement became self evident, I cannot over stress the need to ask someone to be involved. The physical laws of nature apply. Things that sit still have a tendency to stay still, while things in motion have a tendency to stay in motion. To get something in motion requires energy and effort. That is where we come in as an organization. We can provide the leverage to set things in motion, but it takes leadership and energy to make it happen. I know that, after working with ISAWWA, the energy and leadership are just there. Just ask someone to get involved. As I look at the activities of the previous Vice Chairs that have served before me, I can see there is a lot to do. I will be asking those former occupants of the office for input and commentary as to what needs to be done, what they did, how they did it, and what they wish they had done. I hope to be able to provide at least the same or better service that my predecessors provided. If you have suggestions for ISAWWA please, by all means, let us know. The officers of the Section are here to serve the best interests of our membership; and we are dedicated to caring for our most precious resource, water. I hope everyone has a great spring, and I also hope to see you at our annual conference March 21-24 in Springfield – Watercon 2011. And I appreciate the opportunity to serve the Section as Vice Chair. Best Regards John H. Van Arsdel

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District 1 Trustee Report: Why I Value AWWA Membership Greg Swanson, District 1 Trustee

included coordination of District #1 water supply civil defense planning during WWII. He was awarded the ISAWWA Fuller Award in 1946. Moline’s subsequent utility leadership was also active in the Illinois Section when I came on board, and our water plant library contained AWWA Journals dating back to before 1920. I entered an environment of professionalism that was fueled by knowledge and dedication and that was nourished by AWWA resources and involvement.

In recent months, I have had the opportunity to discuss the value of AWWA membership with a number of individuals in District #1. These discussions revealed a general shared appreciation of the value of membership. However, I found that a few individuals had elected to end their memberships as a cost saving measure. These responses caused me to seriously reflect on the value of AWWA membership, as I had recently authorized payment of Moline’s annual AWWA utility membership for 2011. This reflection led me to realize how strongly I value AWWA membership and all that it provides to me and to our water utility. I share my reflections below. I was fortunate to join a water utility with a long history of AWWA membership when I began my water career in 1977. Our founding superintendent, A.E. Anderson, led our water supply from its infancy during the dark days of typhoid epidemics in early 1900’s to becoming a modern proactive operation, using his own tenacity and AWWA resources to achieve success. Mr. Anderson’s involvement in water supply matters was prolific and

Although I did not really understand what AWWA or the Illinois Section were at the time, my superiors sent me to various Illinois Section training events where I learned about disinfection, safety, and a wide variety of topics. I also began to meet folks from other water utilities at these training events, and these interactions complimented the training greatly. This newfound knowledge and awareness fueled my desire to learn and grow, and supported my ongoing professional growth. As time passed, I also found myself returning time after time to our library to find and to read pertinent Journal articles, as I dealt with operational challenges. Still later, I found that it had become my responsibility to perpetuate AWWA involvement and to share some of our utility’s experiences by presenting at various ISAWWA functions. As I look back, and then turn to look to the future anew, I see that AWWA membership has been and remains to be a vital resource to the ongoing success of our water utility and my own career. I would like to highlight a few of the specific benefits that Moline’s AWWA membership and ISAWWA involvement provide: High-Quality Low-Cost Training ISAWWA training opportunities are exceptional bargains that allow our

team members to keep current, improve our efficiencies, and obtain operator certification renewal training credit hours. Networking - ISAWWA provides our team members with diverse opportunities to meet and to interact with other water professionals, including utility, regulatory, consultant and vendor personnel. Professional Development - ISAWWA provides our team members with excellent opportunities to enhance their teamwork, leadership and communication skills. Public Affairs Advisories - AWWA advisories provide us with valuable insight, background information and talking points regarding current and emerging drinking water concerns, such as detection of pharmaceuticals in water and changes in national fluoridation recommendations. The Water Library – AWWA’s website provides us with instant access to an extensive library of articles which illuminate nearly all aspects of our operation and help us contend with the many changes and challenges facing us. Of course, AWWA provides many benefits other than those listed above, ranging from advocacy on the state and federal level to maintaining detailed Standards for water utility supplies, materials and operations. I hope my reflections have enhanced your appreciation of the benefits of AWWA membership. Please feel free to contact me or any other board member if you would like to explore the value of AWWA membership in greater detail. We would welcome the opportunity to converse with you. In closing, I extend my sincere regards to each of you for a healthy and happy 2011!

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District 2 TRUSTEE Report Chad Laucamp, Trustee

enhance your professional development, it’s also a terrific way to enrich your personal life. There a number of benefits that the Illinois Section provides its members on a daily basis, which include the following: •Continuing education opportunities at annual conference, training seminars, webinars and workshops. •Networking opportunities at ISAWWA events to increase understanding of the water industry, develop social relationships, and acquire business contacts. •Development of leadership skills by being actively involved on a committee that can provide you a unique perspective to the Association Hopefully everyone had an enjoyable holiday season and are greeting the new year with renewed enthusiasm While some of the usual New Year’s resolutions include activities such as losing weight, spending more time with family, or quitting smoking, I’d like to suggest another approach to the new year. How about increasing your involvement in the ISAWWA? Not only will this do wonders to

I would be happy to assist members in identifying events, committees and opportunities that best meet their preferences and needs. One upcoming event that provides an ideal means to earn operator renewal training credits and professional development hours is WATERCON 2011 This is a joint conference and expo being held by ISAWWA and IWEA in Springfield, and

it will take place on March 21-24, 2011. This is Illinois’ largest water conference covering both potable water and wastewater issues, with more than 100 technical presentations, poster presentations and exhibits. I hope to see you there! Theresa O’Grady and I continue to serve the District 2 area of the Illinois Section and we would like to receive feedback from our members on how your AWWA membership is benefitting you as well as areas that we need to improve to bring enhanced service and value to our members. I would welcome hearing from you, so please feel free to call or email either me or Theresa. Our contact information is as follows: Chad Laucamp 312-373-6759 Theresa O’Grady 630-820-1022

District 5 trustee Report Tim Kite, Trustee

Spring is rapidly approaching, and this issue of Splash should arrive just in time for WATERCON, the joint ISAWWA/ IWEA conference and expo. This year is packed with vendors and topics that should address the interests of all attendees, from young to old. As with all great conferences, there is always time for networking – and none better than at the annual Tapping and Meter Madness contests. These events draw a great crowd, so come to cheer on your favorite team, and take the opportunity to network with your industry colleagues. Mark your conference schedule for Wednesday, March 23 at 5pm. The winners of each contest will move on to the competitions 14 D i s t r ic t 2 t r u s t e e r e p o r t • di s t r ic t 5 t r u s t e e r e p o r t S P L A S H February 2011

at AWWA ACE in Washington, D.C. for the finals in June. To all the volunteers who have helped in the past and would like to help with the Tapping contest, the pre-meeting and set up will be at 2:00 p.m. on the 23rd in the Exhibit Hall. We are always looking for donations from vendors to help sponsor this event. If you’re interested and can help with your time or donation, please let us know. It’s been a long cold winter and, like everyone else, I am ready for spring. I am sure to see a lot of familiar faces at the conference. I’m looking forward to seeing some young professionals at the conference, so I can them what they call us “middle aged” professionals. I’ll report back with my results.

Backflow Committee Dave Antonacci, Chair

utilities are required by IEPA to conduct a backflow program; and considering that it is important in the prevention of contamination of our water system; and considering most of us do not know what we need to know about backflow; it is obviously a topic that we all need to better understand.

The joint ISAWWA/IWEA conference is coming up in March. Most of you should have gotten a pre-conference program by now. If you’re like me and like to preview the program before the conference, you’ll notice that the Backflow Committee has a time slot to discuss backflow, the history of backflow, and committee activities. I have not often seen backflow topics at the annual conference before, but that is why we have a Backflow Committee. Considering that all water

The topic at this year’s conference is entitled “Backflow Programs-The First 25 Years.” Many of you may not be aware that the Illinois EPA backflow program requirements were not written until the 1970’s, and many of the backflow requirements in the Illinois Plumbing Code were not implemented until the 1980’s. So we often see buildings that do not meet the backflow requirements in the current Illinois Plumbing Code, since it is not a requirement for a building to be completely re-plumbed when new changes are made to the Illinois Plumbing Code. The exceptions are those requirements which are life safety issues and those requirements that are absolutely needed to prevent contamination. Backflow is one of those exceptions. If there is no backflow protection as required by the Illinois Plumbing Code, then it is our responsibility to require

the building owner to install backflow protection. I have seen old buildings where backflow protection needs to be added, and I am sure many of you also have seen those situations. If you have done a complete backflow survey of your system, then you probably have a good idea of those building owners who have a problem. Those are both difficult to find and to correct. These are just some of the issues our Committee wants to address. I think you will find the presentation at the annual conference interesting. Since the first meeting of the Backflow Committee on May 5, 2009, a lot has been accomplished. The Committee consists of 26 members who are utilities water operators, plumbers and related business suppliers. This year we are conducting 6 backflow educational sessions throughout the State. The sessions we have conducted to date have been very well received by our members and we want to continue them. We hope to see you at the March conference, and we hope to give you a better understanding of our efforts to provide backflow education to water utilities.

Do YOU have questions about

Backflow? Visit the ISAWWA Backflow Committee BLOG to ask a question and get a response from the Backflow Committee!

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Legislative report

Terry Steczo and Maureen Mulhall will eat up funding in other areas where the State usually spends, so cuts will be necessary over the next four years to get the State budget under control. The 97th General Assembly began at noon on January 12. Bill introductions have begun, and the session will begin in earnest on February 1. During the last two weeks the leaders in both chambers will assign members to committees and start the process of assigning and hearing bills.

A Frenzied Finale Playing a game of “beat the clock,” the 96th session of the General Assembly ended in a flurry, considering major legislation into the early morning hours of January 12, just ahead of the new General Assembly being sworn in. On January 1 the vote requirement necessary to have a bill become effective immediately dropped to a simple majority. So what may have been improbable, or even impossible, during the veto session or on December 31, became doable one day later. And the Legislature took full advantage.

there might have been major gaming expansion, worker’s compensation reforms, and maybe a cigarette tax increase, as well. But those issues got stalled and fell off the table. Worker’s compensation reform may be back in the new session. Gaming expansion is forever being discussed in Springfield, but it is usually all bark and no bite. The 2010-11version, once again, sunk under its own weight as the proposals for five new casinos, expanded places for current licensees, and slots machines at race tracks were too much for the Legislature to sign off on.

Post-election sessions are generally non-productive and boring. This one was one for the books. A 2% jump in the income tax, approving the $3.7 billion in borrowing for the State’s pension payment held over from last May, the continuation of the Governor’s emergency budget powers, wide ranging Medicaid reform, death penalty abolition, restrictions on the free rides for seniors program, and a substantial nursing home provider tax were the major bills that passed and were sent to the Governor, all but Medicaid reform in the final hours. Had the General Assembly had a day or two more,

Cigarette or other taxes are off the table, probably for a long while, as the State looks both to pay down debt with the new income tax proceeds and looks to try to cut as much as possible. Critics of the income tax proposal dismissed the strict spending caps that were included in the income tax increase legislation, arguing that the proposal actually allowed spending to increase 1.3% per year. What wasn’t said was that the 1.3% yearly increase includes the billions of dollars in future pension payments that the State is legally required to make but has tended to skip. Those pension payment dollars

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Income Tax Increase One of the final actions of the 96th General Assembly was an increase in the State income tax to 5% for individuals and to 7% for corporations. Much of the tax will be temporary and is set to expire at the end of 2014. On January 1, 2015 the rate will drop to 3.75% for individuals and 5.25 % for corporations; and on January 1, 2025 the rate will change to 3.25% and 4.8%, respectively. The Governor signed the bill on January 13. Suburban Democratic legislators succeeded in having strict spending limits included in the legislation. If, according to the bill, the Auditor General determines that the spending limits have been violated, then the entire tax increase can be declared void and levels reduced to previous levels. Additionally, both chambers have changed their rules to mandate that, if any legislation is advanced to amend the spending limits, a three-fifths majority in each chamber is required to approve such an increase. In order for that to happen, Republicans would have to go along, so it’s unlikely that we will see spending limits increased. Legislators and Governor Quinn are attempting to extricate the State from its fiscal shambles, start paying vendors, and right the fiscal ship and not spend on new initiatives. People don’t believe that taxes are ever temporary, yet it

actually did happen in the early 1980s when, in a bad economy, the Legislature raised the income tax temporarily and let it expire. It will be up to them to prove that lightening can strike twice.

revenue stream until 2025 from the income tax to pay for the bonds, it is likely that it will pass in the near future. Otherwise, add “something blue” to the categories.

The Legislature also extended the Emergency Budget Act until the end of the current fiscal year. This Act gives the Governor extraordinary powers to make spending decisions, allows the Governor to initiate emergency rules, allows the Governor to modify or terminate State contracts, and provides for interfund borrowing with interest.

Medicaid Reform Medicaid Reform has been one of those areas where legislators on both sides of the aisle argue for the need but finding solutions has been as elusive as finding the proverbial needle in a haystack. To the surprise of many observers, the Legislature was able to fashion a compromise reform bill that sailed to the Governor’s desk which is estimated to save over $800 million in five years. The reforms are geared at making the program operationally efficient, providing cost savings for a program that has been greatly expanding, and keeping people healthy by redesigning the service delivery system.

Bonds A good part of the old adage, “Something old, something new, something borrowed …” also pertains directly to the Legislature’s plan to help ease the State’s fiscal plight by selective borrowing. The “something old” and “something borrowed” would be the $3.7 billion borrowing plan to provide the State’s FY2011 pension payment. It passed the House last May, but couldn’t muster enough votes in the Senate. (All borrowing must be approved by a three-fifth majority in all cases.) After the income tax bill was approved, the Senate took another shot at trying to pass the bill. It was approved with eight votes to spare. “Something new” was the Governor’s original plan to borrow $15 billion to pay State vendors. This plan was based on using part of the proceeds of the income tax to pay off the bonds and pay off vendors, some of whom haven’t been paid in nine months or longer. Vendors would finally receive their money, and the State payment cycle would be reduced to 30 days for new invoices. During negotiations in the closing days of the 96th General Assembly, the amount of the borrowing sought was reduced to $8.75 billion. This legislation failed by three votes in the House. However, there is every indication that there will be an effort early in the session to resurrect it. Because there will be a dedicated

Spring 2011 Session What issues will be the “hot buttons” for the 97th General Assembly? Further deficit reduction? Worker’s compensation reform? Education reform? All of these issues could take up more than the 6 months of the scheduled spring session, but they will all be on the back burner to the primary focus of legislators this spring: REAPPORTIONMENT. Every ten years the General Assembly goes through the process of “remapping” the legislative districts to respond to population shifts based on census data. Reapportionment is an extremely political process with a “take no prisoners” approach. The end game is to thoroughly subdue the losers, leaving them powerless. Due to a loss in State population, Illinois will also lose one congressional seat in this process, making it an even higher stakes game. By the end of March the Federal government is required to provide the 2010 census date to all states. Once that data is received, the “fun” begins

for the cartographers who will create the shape of the Illinois General Assembly for the next 10 years. The Illinois Constitution requires the General Assembly to approve a new map by June 30, but with the legislative session adjournment date of May 31, that is the real target for map approval. And for the first time in the reapportionment process, one party holds all of the cards, thus making meeting the May 31 deadline far more likely. Failing to meet that deadline will allow the Republicans into the process and that simply isn’t going to happen. Even with the Democrat controlling process at every step, one can expect that the final map will be contested in Court by the losing side. Again, our Constitution comes into play by giving the Illinois Supreme Court “original and exclusive” jurisdiction over remap court fights. With that in mind, it is easy to understand why the retention of Democrat Supreme Court Justice Tom Kilbride was one of the most contested races in the State. Had he lost, the balance of power on the Illinois Supreme Court would have flipped to the Republicans. With his victory, the Democrats are nearly assured of preserving the map they will draw. So, can we expect to see a totally Democratic General Assembly when all is said and done? Of course not. The cartographers will create enough “safe” seats to insure a Democrat majority but the census demographics will simply require some Republican districts. In the 2012 primary (which is barely a year away) you may see incumbent Republicans facing each other in the primary because the new boundaries have put two members in the same district. In years past, incumbent legislators have seen new boundaries that put their home out of the district, requiring them to move if they wanted to retain their seat. Tactics such as that can be expected in this blood sport. Stay tuned as this story unfolds. Le g i s l a t i v e Re p o r t 17

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Membership Committee Randy Lusk, Chair

is 92%. The annual goal for 2010 is to have 2,197 members by December 31 of 2010, which is a 1% growth. Unfortunately we did not hit our goal. At the end of 2010, our membership number was 2,175. While we gained 200 new members during the year, we also had 215 members who did not renew. If you know someone who didn’t renew, please discuss with them the value of membership and the reasons you continue to be a member. We will try to have a 1% growth again for 2011. I feel confident that we can do it this year, and I am counting on all of you to help us achieve this goal.

Best wishes to everyone. I hope everyone’s holidays went well and you got to spend time with friends and family. The new year is upon us. It’s hard to believe it’s 2011 . . . where does the time go? While we continue to have cold temps and snow each day, it’s only 2 ½ more months until SPRING!!! One good note is that, as I write this, the Bears are in the playoffs for the first time in 3 years, and Kerry Wood is back as a Cub. When you read this, we will either being saying, “I can’t believe the Bears won the Super Bowl” OR “That was close . . . maybe next year”. And, as a Cubs fan, I am looking forward to the start of the baseball season. Hope springs eternal! Membership Numbers: When we talk about goals we have two primary goals – the annual goal, which is a hard number; and a retention goal, which is a percent for each month. Retention is that percent of members we have kept for an individual month compared to that month in the previous year. Our retention goal for each month

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Membership Appreciation: From October to December we did a membership appreciation and gave away a free webinar to members as a way to say thanks for being a member. I just wanted to report that this was well received, and many members capitalized on this promotion. So once again, I want to thank all of you for your continued support of being a member and all that you do for this organization. Different Types of Memberships: In the last few articles, I have discussed Utility membership; and I need to touch a little more on this type of membership in this issue, as well. I previously discussed how points work for Utility memberships. We sent out letters to all the Utilities who still had unused points and described ways that they could use these points. If your utility received one of these letters and has not acted, please do so soon. The points will be expiring by the end of summer. If you have a Utility membership and are not sure if you have points, please feel free to contact us and we will let you know. Just something to tease you with - the

Utility membership will be going through some changes by the end of the year, so be on the look out for this in the next few issues of Splash. Membership Committee: If you are a member and are looking for ways to get involved with ISAWWA, please do not hesitate to contact us. There are numerous active committees within the Section, and there is bound to be one that interests you. If you’re outgoing, like to interact with people, and want to get involved with membership, please give me a call, I am always looking for people to help promote membership, work our booth at conferences while they use their own experiences on why they continue to be a member of ISAWWA. We have seven different conferences we will be attending this year. So, if you have some free time and want to get involved, we would be most appreciative of some of your time. Don’t forget, Watercon in Springfield is March 21-24 2011. Stop by the booth and see what’s new for 2011; or, even better, sign up to be a member of the Membership Committee. Introduce a friend or colleague to AWWA today…. You joined AWWA for many great reasons. Now spread those reasons on and help to keep our Section growing and strong. Talk up the reasons you joined, and we’re bound to see new members each month. Our Section needs everyone to be involved in recruiting - that’s what will keep the ISAWWA strong. Write your name and membership number on top of the new member application, and you will receive credit for the new member. If you need pointers on what to say, please visit or

Small Systems Committee Jon Meyer, Chair

Control and Mitigation of Drinking Water Losses in Drinking Water Systems, November 2010 which is another useful planning tool for small systems to work smarter – not harder.

Happy New Year to all ISAWWA members and their families! YR2011 is already looking to be a challenging year with continued economic headwinds, especially in the State of Illinois. These headwinds continue to present problems for small water systems, and place additional strain on the very small systems. However, problems are always countered with solutions which result in making changes and working smarter. There are many tools, training and resources available to the small system operator, which includes our family of AWWA members here in Illinois.

There are currently no national requirements for reporting water loss from public water systems. However, this has not stopped some states from initiating their own programs. The State of Illinois does not have a formal waterloss policy statement, whereas four of our five neighboring states do. Formal regulations aside, with increasing concerns regarding shrinking budgets, some water systems have taken it upon themselves to determine how they can make their production processes more efficient, as well as generating revenue. As each of you are aware, the loss of finished water in the distribution system is a direct loss of revenue. This EPA’s guidance document was prepared for all levels of interested parties that are developing programs to reduce losses from their drinking water distribution systems. A byproduct of a water-loss program is that in this time of going green, it demonstrates a water system’s understanding of the nation’s mood: social responsibility and increased attention to conservation of our resources.

In last quarter’s issue of Splash we highlighted the EPA’s free Check Up Program for Small Systems (CUPSS) software for managing assets. This quarter we will highlight the EPA’s newly released guidance document titled

The water-loss program outlined in the guidance document is divided into three (3) customizable components as follows: 1. The water audit; 2. Intervention; and 3. Evaluation.

We will not examine the process involved with each of these components; but, instead, point out that the guidance document provides a good overview of methods for gathering system information required to perform an accurate water audit. It covers the different types of meters available, types of leak detection equipment, pipe repair rehabilitation and replacement options; and includes useful information for each, such as advantages, disadvantages, cost, and other useful information. A good overview of options for a small system. For the evaluation stage, there is a pipe rehabilitation flow chart to assist the user in evaluating the method of pipe rehabilitation based on the data that they have collected as well as social implications. In the appendices there are a few case studies where one (1) small system reduced its Real Losses (also referred to as the Operational Performance Indicator for Real Losses under the AWWA/ IWA audit methodology) per length of main per day from 645.59 gallons/mile/day to 575.49 gallons/mile/day in approximately one (1) year using the program as outlined in the guidance document. The guidance document is another useful tool available for small systems to assist them in assessing and optimizing their system and processes. Please visit our website on the ISAWWA portal for more information regarding the Small System Committee. If you have any questions, have stories to share, or would like to provide ideas as to how we can serve you, please contact me at 312-780-7754 or

IN MEMORIAM: Richard A. Pavia Richard A. Pavia, age 80, passed away on October 19, 2010, following a long illness. Mr. Pavia spent a considerable portion of his professional career in some aspect of the water industry. He served as Commissioner of the Chicago Water Department for some time.

Later in his career, Mr. Pavia joined the financial firm of Speer Financial, Inc., where he was invaluable in assisting municipalities with financial planning for capital improvements. He played a vital role in the development of both the DuPage Water Commission, as well

as the Central Lake County Joint Action Water Agency – both intergovernmental cooperatives that are now able to supply treated Lake Michigan water to their member communities. Mr. Pavia leaves behind his wife, Helene, and his sons, Richard, Jeffrey and Lawrence.

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Water Taste Contest Needs Competitors Nora Bertram, Chair

Does your utility produce the best water in the State? As you may know, the Illinois Section of the American Water Works Association holds a statewide Water Taste Contest every year at our annual conference in Springfield. The 2011 Annual Conference is just around the corner, and the Water Taste Contest Committee is looking for competitors. If you believe that your utility produces the best water in the State, we would encourage you to speak to your local or regional water operator’s association and ask them to hold their own local Water Taste Contest. The winner of the local contest will be invited to compete in Springfield for the chance to gain statewide recognition and plenty of publicity recognizing your dedication to excellence in water production. The

winner of the 2011 ISAWWA Water Taste Contest will be invited to compete in Washington D.C. at the 2011 AWWA Annual Conference and Exhibition. Organizing a local or regional competition is easy. If you or your local operator’s association needs some advice, please contact the ISAWWA Water Taste Contest Committee representatives at the contact information listed below. Once your local contest is complete and the winner is chosen, please let us know and we will send a formal invitation for the winning utility to compete in our annual ISAWWA Water Taste Contest. Hope to see you in March, and happy tasting! Contact Nora Bertram at 312-236-9147, email:, with any questions or to report a winner.

Water efficiency committee Amy Talbot, Chair

The ISAWWA Water Efficiency Committee has been busy! We are close to releasing our first project, a WaterEnergy Nexus survey for utilities. With the goal of raising awareness about the relationship between energy and water, this survey will collect utility information to calculate the basic energy intensity of a system. As a result of participating, each utility can elect to receive a personalized analysis of the data. Our goal is to gain a better understanding

of how much energy Illinois uses to produce water. The Committee will be presenting on this topic at WATERCON, the joint ISAWWA/IWEA conference, on March 23rd at 9:00 a.m. While you’re at the conference, make sure to come and test your water efficiency knowledge by spinning the wheel for prizes (leak detection tablets, shower timers, and more). Our booth is located on the ground floor, booth #2, near the conference registration area.

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Water Museum

Dennis Ross, Chair Elect This year’s joint conference with IWEA is rapidly approaching. We are hoping that you’re planning to add to the success of the conference by bringing your interesting water industry artifacts for the Water Museum. The museum will be on the second floor again this year, and we are looking for any item you think others might find interesting. It could be an old piece of water main, water meter, old photographs, fire hydrant or anything else. We will also be displaying items from the waste water industry as well. The museum is a big hit every year, but only with your help! Set up is easy. A quick write up on what the item is and where it came from is all we need. We will be setting up things on Tuesday from 10:00 until noon. Museum hours will be Tuesday noon until 5:00 and Wednesday

9:00 until noon and 2:00 until 3:00. All items need to be picked up at 3:00. We are always looking for volunteers to staff the museum as well. If you can spare an hour either day, your help would be greatly appreciated. I can’t stress enough how much we need your interesting items. They don’t need to be 100 years old, just interesting. Your item will enlighten the young and bring a smile to the face of the experienced. Give me a call or drop me an email and let us know what you will be displaying at the museum this year. Dennis Ross (217)971-9761

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Meter Madness

Craig McDonald- Committee Chair (pictured below left) and Bruce Vaickus- Co-Chair (pictured below right)

Let it snow! Let it snow! Let it snow! There is just something about the snow that makes me feel anxious to grab my bucket, wrench, and assemble like mad. Yes. another year has come and gone and Meter Madness is rapidly approaching. I am counting on all past, present, and future contestants to help make this year’s Meter Madness

competition one to remember. This year’s meter will be a Master Meter 5/8 x ¾. To request a practice meter contact Master Meter through there web site at http://www.mastermetermadness. com/madness/index.html. Anyone who is interested in competing, or knows someone who is interested,

please contact me for a contestant entry form or with any questions at 815877-1421 or, or contact Bruce Vaickus at 815-467-8320 or BVAICKUS@ Entry forms must be received no later than February 28th. Together we can make this year one to talk about!

Water distribution committee Dennis Bowe, Chair

The Water Distribution Committee is in the process of creating a publication which will be known as “Water System Asset Management for Dummies.” The Committee is in the preliminary development stage of this effort and solicits input and assistance from all ISAWWA members. If you are interested in contributing or participating in the development of this publication, or if you just want additional information, please contact Paul Schumi at Wachs Water Services (email or Dennis Bowe at Village of Arlington Heights (email

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Be sure to mark your calendar for the annual Water Distribution Conference which will be held April 12, 2011 at the Park Place Conference Center in Countryside, Illinois. Topics for the 2011 Conference will include: Water meter sizing, testing and repair Arc flash safety Preparing for an ISO evaluation Water conservation Uni-directional water main flushing Confined space safety Water quality water sampling protocols ILWARN resources and membership

MAC committee Terry Locke, Chair

already sold out. We currently have lobby booths on the first and second floor available, but they may be sold by publication time. If you wish to exhibit at this year’s conference, and you haven’t already reserved your space, you should do it right now by going on line at and select ‘Reserve a booth’.

Watercon 2011 is nearly upon us. As I’m writing this, just after the start of 2011, our booth sales are well ahead of last year. The main Exhibit Hall is

This past year, my first as the chair of the MAC Committee, has been an educational and rewarding year for me. I’ve met a number of interesting new people who have taught me a great deal about the water industry. I’ve learned that there are a whole lot of dedicated people working very hard to make sure that the water we drink is the best that it can be. To be sure, it is a comforting feeling to see first-hand the work these industry professionals do.

I have also learned this past year that volunteering is a rewarding experience. If you haven’t volunteered to be part of a committee, please give it serious consideration. The ISAWWA has a myriad of committees that are always looking for new members. Check them out and join one. I can guarantee you that you will gain a great deal from your participation. The complete list of committees and chairs is in the back of this issue of Splash. The MAC Committee is always looking for more members from every area of the industry including utilities, municipalities and service providers. If you’re interested, you can e-mail me at or stop by my booth at the conference. I look forward to seeing everyone in Springfield in March.

Nominating Committee Mike Winegard, Chair

On behalf of the members of the Nominating Committee, I would like to thank all of those members of the Section who took the time to cast their vote for the officers who will set the direction for the Section over the upcoming year. I am pleased to announce the following election results:

Continuing to serve on the Board will be John Smith, as Immediate Past Chair; Theresa O’Grady, completing her second year as Trustee for District 2; Cheryl Norton, completing her second year as Trustee for District 4; and Tim Kite, completing his second year as Trustee for District 5.

Chair: Dennis Ross Chair Elect: Kevin Lookis Vice Chair: John Van Arsdel Secretary-Treasurer: Chad Laucamp Director: Kyla Jacobsen District I Trustee: Greg Swanson District 2 Trustee: Don Jensen District 3 Trustee: Ted Meckes Trustee at Large: Dennis Bowe

The new Board will be installed at the Section Breakfast, which is held on the last day of the annual conference this March in Springfield. You should plan on attending to offer your support to these individuals who have volunteered to give their time and energy to the Section to represent you and your professional interests.

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Compliments to Amrou Atassi & Andrea Putz for their article appearing in the November 2010 Issue of Opflow entitled “Lake Michigan Utility Tackles Corrosion Control”. TUESDAY, MARCH 22, 11:00am




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Young Professionals Committee Andrea Putz, Chair

YP research project: Will people drink beer for charity? The resounding conclusion, after arduous testing, is yes! We had a fantastic showing (33 people) on January 13th at our Young Professionals-sponsored Holiday Happy Hour and Water for People Fundraiser. Many thanks to the Roundhouse in Aurora for donating 10% of all our pretax sales to Water for People. The more we sampled from the Roundhouse’s extensive brewery, the more Water for People benefited! Wednesday, March 23 is Young Professionals day at WATERCON 2011 Are you planning on attending the ISAWWA and IWEA WATERCON 2011 in Springfield? Well it couldn’t have been a better choice because you are going to the

premier event for water professionals in the State. Why not check out all the cool YP activities happening on Wednesday, March 23? •Start the day right with the Young Professionals Breakfast at 8:00 a.m.! Yeah it’s early, but other Young Professionals will be there to see your smiling face. The breakfast will be followed by a presentation by Kyla Jacobsen, Water Director for the City of Elgin and recently elected Director of Illinois Section AWWA. She has been a member of AWWA for 24 years and will talk about leadership. •After the breakfast, come see what your fellow young professionals and students have been up to at the Young Professionals and Students Paper Presentations at 10:30 a.m. Six presentations on a range of water and wastewater topics will be given by Illinois Section AWWA and IWEA students and young professionals. •At 3:00 p.m., check out the latest and greatest in drinking water and wastewater projects at the Student/ Young Professional Poster Contest! These posters share the results of students’ and young professionals’ work and research. All poster contest participants get free conference registration and lunch on March 23. The drinking water 1st place winner will compete against other section winners at ACE11 in Washington, D.C., whereas the 2nd place winner will receive a $250 cash prize. The wastewater 1st and 2nd place winners will receive cash prizes of $200 and $100, respectively. Enter the contest or stop by to cheer for your favorite poster. Email krehg@ for an entry form. •After an exciting day of YP-sponsored conference activities, come have drinks and wind down with all the fun people you’ve met at the Young Professionals Social Hour at 5:00 p.m. This is a great chance to network with other conference attendees and find out what cool projects they’re working on. •Still have energy left? Of course! Head out for more fun at the Young Professionals Bowling Event with YP Steering Committee members. Come see why a bunch of water industry professionals decide to stick to their day jobs! Bring some cash for shoes and snacks and plan to split some cabs or carpool to get there. Email Brian.Kooistra@ for more information. Young Professionals Strategic Planning We will be having our Strategic Planning Session on April 22, 2011, so keep your calendars open and your thinking caps on! The goal is to come up with ways to improve YP activities in 2011 and beyond. There are always plenty of opportunities to become involved in YP activities or the YP Steering Committee. By the way, you might be wondering what a Young Professional is. A YP is anyone who has been in the water industry for less than 10 years, or members or prospective members age 35 or younger. For more information or to be added to the YP email distribution list, please contact me at “Invest in your future…invest in your profession…invest in yourself”

LEFT: Debbie Keslin; Ralph Gross, ATS; Theresa O’Grady, CMT; Steve Luetkehans, Greeley & Hansen CENTER: Michelle Hoepner, Midwest Water Group, Inc.; Todd Schaefer, M.E. Simpson Company, Inc.; Lisa Wellman, M.E. Simpson; Richard Rusch, Village of Hanover Park; Owen Keenan, M.E. Simpson RIGHT: Kristin Rehg, Baxter & Woodman; Eduardo Reina; Bart Darfler, In-Pip Technology; Tracy Finnegan, Environmental Leverage, Inc. 28 Yo u n g P r of e s s io n a l s C o m m i t t e e S P L A S H February 2011

Water for People Edna Sugden, Vice Chair

members recently spoke to a group of 10th graders at a local school.

With WATERCON 2011 fast approaching, I’d like to share with everyone some of the recent happenings of the WFP Committee. First, Claus and I have been contacting Committee members to determine their interests, hobbies, and preferences for meetings. With this information, we hope to achieve some awareness that would help the Committee grow and to develop additional fund raising plans. One of the goals that we set last year was to create a speaker’s bureau for raising awareness. WFP does have a number of presentations available that can be presented by a Committee member at events or to clubs, religious organization, and for educational purposes. One of our Committee

Another goal that we set was to break out of the ISAWWA circle and to enhance awareness to the general public. Don’t get me wrong, we are so proud and thankful for the kindness and generosity that is exhibited by the membership of ISAWWA during our annual conference through the silent auction, and raffle ticket sales, as well as though Section golf outings and other group events. We are very grateful for your support; but, at the same time, we think it would be beneficial to increase the level of awareness on issues pertaining to providing sources of safe drinking water. One idea to help us move to a community level was to host a wine tasting event. This was scheduled in August of 2010 in Vernon Hills; however, due to a low advance sale of tickets, the event was cancelled. We are looking for more opportunities like this. One of the WFP supporters in another region is creating her own Run to end the Run. Are you an avid runner or biker? Do you have experience organizing an event? We could use your help and guidance in getting us started. Thanks go to the Young Professionals Committee for hosting a holiday Happy Hour which attracted 30 people to the Roundhouse in Aurora. Ten percent of the group’s purchases that evening were donated to the WFP. That meant that one out of every 10 beers consumed, and one order of chicken wings out of every ten, benefited WFP. We’re always

looking for more opportunities like this to raise money and awareness for Water for People. I toast you all for your willingness to make this sacrifice. I am looking forward to WATERCON 2011 with all the accompanying excitement and activities. Please keep in mind that we always have room for more Silent Auction items. We are striving for 100% participation from the exhibitors. If you arrive without an item to donate, don’t despair! A local area shopping map and a list of suggested silent auction items will be supplied to you. We look forward to having some top-of-the-line techno items donated, as well as tickets for sporting event and sports memorabilia. We are sure to have tools, fishing gear, and golfing equipment. Another more interested item being donated this year is a cultural dining experience: table service, music, and an ethnic cuisine will be prepared and served to the lucky winner. Finally, please visit us at the WFP breakfast being held in the Wintergarden Room on Wednesday, March 23, at 8:00 am. This breakfast if for anyone interested in learning a little more about Water for People and our Committee, and also provides you with an opportunity to share your ideas on raising awareness or fund raising. We need event champions to help us with reaching our goals. If you are interested please contact either me, Edna Sugden, at or via phone at 847-837-4938, or Claus Dunkelberg at

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Imtech Committee Don Bratschie, Chair

and we would love to meet and to talk with you about what we do and how you can join in and help us. We will be at Booth 44.

The Information Management and Technology (IMTech) Committee has been growing! Welcome to our newest members: •Douglass Strempek, Village of Norridge •Nabil Quafisheh, Village of Wilmette •Shawn Williams, BHMG •Chris Sosnowski, B&W Control Systems Integration •Jeff Sebek, City of Chicago But we aren’t done yet! We are still looking for additional members. The commitment is a monthly phone call and participation in the planning and organization of an annual conference. If you are interested please contact Lisa Jordan ( or Don Bratschie ( or 312-372-3405 ext. 3412). The IMTech Committee has scheduled a Strategic Planning session February 18th in St. Charles, IL which will be facilitated by Laurie Dougherty. We will be revisiting our mission and goals to ensure they support the Section and that we have a plan to guide us for the next several years. Look for us at WATERCON 2011! The IMTech committee will have a booth, 30 I m t e c h co m m i t t e e S P L A S H February 2011

Volunteers needed for WATERCON 2011! If you have basic computer operating experience (opening PowerPoint presentations, troubleshooting small problems), then we need you as a computer operator for the technical sessions. There are half day volunteer spots available. We will try to match you up with a track you are interested in. You just start the presentations, make sure presenters don’t load any of their own files on the Section computers, and help coordinate troubleshooting if there are technical issues. If you are interested please contact Don Bratschie. Preliminary planning has already begun for our 2011 annual conference. We are looking at one of the hottest technology tropics out there as a focus of the event: Mobile Technology! If you have specific mobile technology topics you would be interested in, please e-mail them to the contact below. Stay tuned for details over the next few months. IMTech Mission Statement: To be the authoritative resource for the dissemination of education and information on state-of-the-art technology to members of the Illinois Section AWWA. IMTech Goals: 1) To increase member participation at the annual IMTech Conference 2) To support the ISAWWA annual conference with technology issues If you are interested in joining the committee, volunteering or have any questions about IMTech please contact me at the information provided above. RIGHT: Sample mobile technology devices

Education Committee Chris Ulm, Chair

seminar durations ranging from 1 hour to multiple days. We have access to state-of-the-art facilities and testing labs. We are trying to develop several core curriculum courses that we repeat, as well as providing unique or “hot topic” type classes, which can even be specific to a region of the State.

The Education Committee is off and running this year. Not only are we preparing the next training schedule for the last half of the year, but we are also developing new ways to extend education to water industry professionals. We need your help in order to continue to be effective in providing education for you and your coworkers. In one way or another, with only a few minutes of your time, you can help us out significantly. Here are just a few ways: 1. We need presentation topic ideas from you. Do you know anyone with an opinion they aren’t afraid to share? We need opinions on which topics you would like to present. We can accommodate almost any level of detail and special requirements. We have several different

2. We need to know the education contact for your regional water operators association. We are working to team up with other operator groups throughout the State to work together in offering educational opportunities. If you are a member of a water operators group, please give us contact information, so we can speak with your educational coordinator and see if there is a way we can work together to help in the educational efforts. 3. We need more committee members. The more lifters we have the lighter the load. Join in on one of our conference calls. They are usually held the second Wednesday of the month at 11:00AM. Let us know if you are interested by using the contact information below and we will give you confirmation of the next meeting, call in information, and assistance getting connected. OR, join us in person during WATERCON in Springfield in March. The committee will meet at 4:00 p.m. on March 22, 2011 in the Capital III room at the Crowne Plaza. Advanced notice would be appreciated, but don’t let that stop you from dropping in unannounced. We DON’T overload with a bunch of duties. If

you are looking for a committee to network with many people and have fun doing it, the Education Committee is the one to join. We are certain you can help in one of those ways, maybe more. We want to hear from you. Here is who to contact. Lisa Jordan, Education Coordinator - ISAWWA • 866-521-3595 ext. 2 Chris J. Ulm, P.E., Strand Associates, Inc. • 815-744-4200 We would love to tell you more about the Committee and what we do. Please stop by our booth during the conference so we can meet you in person. We will have someone there who can help you by answering your educational questions, presenting our informative posters, and entering you in a raffle to win a nice prize. Finally, you should have received your training schedule by now. Please take the time to look through it for all of the training opportunities we offer. There are 48 seminars and webinars throughout the State for the first half of the year. With 27 seminar topics and 8 webinar topics, there is something for everyone. We also offer a rapidly growing library of online Elearning courses and video/ DVD rental for learning at your leisure. As in the past, we take pride in the education program we have been able to assemble this year. Please help us out in the future of education for our water industry professionals!

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Chromium Six in the Spotlight Bill Soucie

in our water. And those enemies do occasionally enjoy their 15-minutes of fame. Garnering attention recently is the glory hound chromium-6 who has the formal name hexavalent chromium but is known to friends as chrome-6. Chrome-6 rose to popularity by starring with Julia Roberts in the movie Erin Brokovich back in 2000. Recently, the Environmental Working Group (EWG) released the results of a study that involved chrome-6 testing of water from several U.S. cities. EWG recommends that the EPA establish a legal limit for this compound and require utility testing. They contend that the current total chromium regulation of 100 ppb is not protective of public health. “Are you hearing this!” yelled a concerned parent on the phone over the sound of a morning TV news report. “Can we drink the water or not?” she inquired. This is how one resident reacted to the news of chromium-6 in early January. “Keep your friends close and your enemies closer” goes the saying attributed to the Chinese general Sun-tzu, Machiavelli, or Michael Corleone of Godfather fame depending on which Google site you visit. As water treatment folks, we do just that. In this case, our enemies are compounds

In a radio interview, the superintendant of the Norman, Oklahoma, water plant expressed frustration with the public fear EWG incited. His plant was cited by EWG with the highest levels of chrome-6 in their study. He pointed out that there is no increased levels of disease in Norman compared to the rest of Oklahoma or the region, that their total chrome levels are lower than EWG’s chrome-6 levels, and pointed out that, in the end, they can treat the water to whatever level residents are willing to pay for. Later in this same interview a guest author encouraged everyone to install whole-house reverse osmosis units.

This is what we are up against. So let’s be clear on a few things. 1. Chromium-6 is not a new contaminant and did not just suddenly appear. 2. We encourage scientifically justified regulations that are protective of public health. 3. We carefully adhere to all drinking water regulations. 4. Chromimum-6 is regulated as total chromium. 5. We test for total chromium and report the results to the public via an annual Consumer Confidence Report. 6. Total chromium levels are not exceeded by any Illinois public water supply. Several utilities are going to voluntarily testing their water for Chrome-6. There are a very limited number of labs in the U.S. that do this testing and the cost per sample is approximately $125. The levels measured in these samples will be useful in gauging the impact of potential future regulatory changes.

Safety/Emergency Planning Committee The ISAWWA Safety Committee is introducing the much anticipated, always entertaining (and educational) SAFETY WHEEL at WATERCON 2011. Check your registration packet for your coupon for a free spin of the safety wheel. Answer a safety question correctly, and get a prize. Answer a safety question incorrectly . . . and get a prize! Test your knowledge and take your chance for a million dollar spin! Look for us on Tuesday, March 22, on the main floor of the Exhibit Hall in the 800 aisle. See you in Springfield.


Carolyn Grieves, Chair

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CALLING ALL WATERMAIN TAPPERS You could be part of this exciting competition. A chance in a lifetime to travel to Springfield, Illinois, compete with your colleagues, have your picture and name in the media, and win a chance to move on to the National Competition. Learn to compete as a TEAM, and have a great time doing it. It doesn’t get any better than this!!!

Teams are forming right now. The ISAWWA will pay for a team’s hotel room(s) for one night in Springfield at a designated rate; and, if you win the opportunity to move on to the National competition in Washington, D.C., will pay up to $6,000.00 for your team’s expenses. This year’s Tapping Contest is Wednesday, March 23rd in Springfield,

Illinois at the Crowne Plaza Hotel & Conference Center. Currently, we are also looking for sponsors for copper, tapping bits, and shirts for all the teams. If you are interested in forming a team, would like to be a member of a team, or can donate shirts, or materials, contact Tony Cuzzone at (630) 530-6456, e-mail at Tony., or Tim Kite at (217) 864-5656, e-mail at

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Outreach Committee: volunteers needed Kristin Rehg

conference. The purpose of this event is to teach students about the diverse and exciting career opportunities provided in the water industry. In past years, students have been very interested to learn that they don’t necessarily have to be an engineer or a scientist to work in the water industry, but that there are career opportunities for those interested in construction, management, GIS technology, computer drafting, customer service, and much more.

For the third year in a row, ISAWWA will be hosting several dozen high school students at our annual Section

This year’s high school outreach event is scheduled to take place on the morning of March 23, 2011, at the Crowne Plaza, concurrent with the Section conference. The students will participate in a laboratory activity called the Water Investigators Challenge, in

which they will perform several tests on an unknown water sample in an attempt to identify the source of that sample. The students will also visit the Exhibit Hall to learn about water industry careers and observe hands-on equipment demonstrations. We are in need of several volunteers to lead the students through the Exhibit Hall. Each volunteer will be assigned a group of four to five students, and will be responsible for taking them to a variety of booths during a 45-minute tour of the Exhibit Hall. This promises to be a gratifying experience, as the students have historically been eager to see as much as they can in the Exhibit Hall and have very much enjoyed the demonstrations. Please contact Lori Cox to sign up,

RIGHT: Lanphier High School junior Thomas Moore, left, and Southeast High School sophomore Trenetta Ross measure some water to use for quality testing Wednesday during the Water Investigator’s Challenge at the 101st Conference and Expo of the Illinois Section of the American Water Works at the Crowne Plaza. Students from the city high schools were testing the pH and hardness of samples from Lake Springfield and Springfield’s tap water as part of the event. The seminar was meant to show students what it takes to bring high quality drinking water to consumers

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2011 Illinois Section AWWA Quarter Service Award Nomination Form JOINT ISAWWA-IEPA ILLINOIS WATERWORKS QUARTER SERVICE AWARD - 25 Year Award Each year the Illinois Section AWWA and IEPA jointly present Quarter Century Service Awards to individuals who have served in the water supply industry (in any capacity) for 25 years or more. You do not have to be a member of the Illinois Section to receive this award. While it is easy to recognize and honor individuals in the industry who have played leading roles, we do not honor often enough those individuals who have provided service for years in the daily operations of our industry. This award recognizes that all facets of the water supply operation play an important role - secretarial staff, budget personnel, electricians, plumbers, pipe fitters, operators, laboratory staff, maintenance personnel, management and regulatory personnel. An electronic photo shall be submitted via email to Photos can be either current and/or 25 years old. Please fill out all of the information below and fax to 866-521-3591 by February 28, 2011. All ISAWWA award are formally presented at the Illinois Section AWWA Annual conference in March. Make additional copies of this form as needed: Contact Information (person submitting nomination form): Name: Company: Address: City/State/Zip: Phone: Fax: Email:

Nominee Information (person being nominated): Name: Company: Address: City/State/Zip: Phone: Fax: Email:

Please email an electronic photo to Fax this form to: Illinois Section AWWA - toll free 866-521-3591 2 0 1 1 I S A WW A q u a r t e r S e r v ic e A w a r d n o m i n a t io n fo r m 37 Illinois Section American Water Works Association

Tapping Contest Materials Benefit Haiti Scott A. Ham

Thank you to the Illinois Section AWWA for helping to provide better quality water in Haiti with the donation of the copper from the tapping contest at ACE10. Hickory Ham, a senior in high school, is the son of Scott & Heidi Ham of Silver Creek Water Corporation in southern Indiana. Scott and Heidi volunteered as greeters at the Information Booth and also during Meter Madness and the Tapping Contest. Following the Tapping Contest, they were given the copper to recycle to help raise money for Hickory to go on a mission trip to Haiti. While in Haiti, Scott, Hickory and other high school youths found ways

to improve water quality in the village of Chansolme. They cleaned the banana and mango vegetation out of aqueducts that carry water down from the mountain. They also inspected the open streams and storage tanks along the path of the flowing waters. This gave them the chance to witness and educate the locals about keeping the precious resource from being contaminated. The work of these students was recognized by the Mayor and Chief Judge of Chansolme and they were asked to return with educational materials and revisit the area, which will happen again this spring break and summer, if funds are raised. Simple posters are being printed and laminated to take to Haiti, and tools are being gathered to

maintain the water supply in the area. With the threat of cholera spreading, the importance of clean water is a growing concern. Only a few people behind the scenes at ACE10 knew what was to happen with the kind gesture that was in the midst of excitement and loud cheers for competitors and teams from around the country. Thank you to the Illinois Section AWWA and all who donated time and resources to ACE10. You may never know how far reaching your works will go. See you in DC at ACE11. Scott A. Ham, Manager Silver Creek Water Corporation Sellersburg, Indiana

1. Aquaduct valves at Chansolme Haiti 2. Water storage tank built in 1980 in Chansolme Haiti needs maintenance 3. Aquaduct valves at Chansolme Haiti with Ham 4. Water storage tank in Chansolme Haiti needs maintenance with Hickory Ham in blue on right 5. Aquaduct cleaning and inspections at Chansolme Haiti





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Illinois Public Service Institute Stephen K. Page, Chair

Thank You As I reflect back on my own personal journey, and how it correlates to the three- year IPSI program that I recently completed, I can genuinely say that this program has provided one of the best educational experiences that I have ever had. Each class is not only interesting and informative but also provided the tools that can be utilized in the real world.

If you are planning on some leadership training this year make sure that IPSI, Illinois Public Service Institute, is at the top of your list. Here are a few words from some previous attendees of this fine program. Dear Stephen Page, Thank you so much for sponsoring me for the IPSI training program. IPSI training was the best training I have ever experienced. The presenters were very good, as were the exercises; and filling out the evaluations and Eureka’s was invaluable. Lew Bender was a great facilitator. His energy and personality made the training very enjoyable; and Lew’s wife, Mary, did a great job of organizing everything. I enjoyed the whole training, but my favorite lessons were Supervisory Do’s and Don’ts and Preserving the Best Communication Skills. The information I got from these lessons is what I will take back to work and even into my personal life. I feel that, when I implement the skills I learned through IPSI, it will make me a better supervisor and a better person. Thanks again, Stephen. I can’t wait until next year. - Dean Swingler

I really appreciate the fact that, while the Institute welcomes public service personnel at all levels (from meter readers to city managers), they purposely mix the individuals during group activities to help each student achieve a greater understanding of how they can collectively overcome challenges. While I have no scientific proof that this dynamic translates from the classroom to the workplace, I have noticed positive results within our organization. I was also pleasantly surprised to find that several of the classes not only focused on how we can better understand/serve our community but also how our own personality type and management style play a valuable role within our workplace. It is also important to mention that these classes were carried out in a way that was constructive and supportive. When I returned from IPSI this year, I was asked “Did you learn anything new?” and “Did you have any fun?” The answer is yes and yes. My work performance will display what I have learned and my renewed ambition demonstrates the value in getting away. Understanding that many organizations are facing budget shortfalls this year, I encourage other managers to continue to support educational opportunities for their employees. I will use this example to support my recommendation; last year the Plainfield Public Works employees suggested and supported changes within our operation that has already saved the

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Village over $400,000. Is it just coincidence that ten of our employees have graduated from the IPSI Program during the past six years? I can see the correlation. Needless to say, I believe that this program has helped create significant positive results within our organization. - Allen Persons **** IPSI was a well organized program with many informative subjects. I personal learned that communication is not just giving out the information but how that information is transmitted so the recipient understands and is willing to accept the information. Don’t just give orders, but ask for feedback so they buy into the idea and may give some insight you hadn’t considered. It also surprised me to find that everyone has the same struggles. I met some great people there who shared with me their experiences, good and bad, and I am now more able to handle some problems that I did not handle well in the past. I feel everyone can get something useful from this program with the diversity of subjects they cover. I look forward to next year. Thank you for the assistance in funding. I was grateful that ISAWWA was able to award the scholarship to me. Sincerely, Dave Martin These are but a few of the good things that are being said about the IPSI experience. Having graduated myself, I can confirm the benefits of the program. It took me only a few minutes of listening to Lew Bender to know I was in the right place. While we understand that all utilities are suffering budgetary constraints, the Illinois Section is here to help. Following are the requirements to obtain a scholarship to IPSI from the Section. I encourage anyone to take

advantage of this program even if you are not sponsored by the Illinois Section. ISAWWA will award a $500 scholarship towards tuition for each year, a total of $1500 for the three-year IPSI program. The money will be paid to your employer, unless you have paid for the program, in which event reimbursement will be made directly to you. It is the ISAWWA’s intention to sponsor you for the threeyear program; therefore you should apply with the intention of committing to the three years. The Illinois Public Service Institute may be started any year even though it is a three year program. Following are the criteria for application.

•You must be a member of the AWWA. •You must submit your application to the ISAWWA IPSI committee for review before June 1st of the year you plan on attending. •Your application must include a letter of intent including why you should be considered for sponsorship. •You will be required to submit a letter each year giving your opinion of the program and how it has helped you.

the how) will be sufficient. Be sure to include the fact that you are a member of ISAWWA. You’re not going to be judged on English grammar - we just want to know who and why.

The scholarship committee would like a short explanation of why you are applying for the scholarship, and how this course will help you in your career. I’m not looking for an essay -- a paragraph on each part (the why and

Stephen K. Page City of Elgin Water Department 150 Dexter Ct., Elgin, IL 60120 phone: 847 931-6108 fax: 847 931-6152

Include a completed registration form, and this will hold a spot for you while the scholarship is being considered. My contact information appears below.

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Hello Water and Wastewater Utility Superintendents and Managers: When that flood hits this spring and inundates more pump stations than you can quickly re-build yourself, or when the tornado season approaches with the possibility of taking out that electric substation that your facilities rely on, or when that earthquake along the New Madrid Fault breaks hundreds of service connections and mains not only in your town, but also in the neighboring towns that you usually call for help, to whom will you turn for assistance? Think about ILWARN, which can link you with all member water and wastewater utilities statewide? In an Oregon town, help was needed to dig out a snow-bound road so propane could be delivered to a water treatment plant; in Florida generators were needed when the electricity was out to hundreds of pump stations; in a Colorado city, lab technicians and supplies to help with sampling needs and flushing crews were needed after system-side contamination was present. Each utility found help through their state WARN programs. ILWARN can help here in Illinois with similar issues when needed resources are in short supply locally. Signing-up during a crisis will be chaotic. Do yourself a favor; sign up now for ILWARN membership. It’s easy as 1-2-3, it costs you nothing to be a member, and there is never an obligation to respond. 1

Go to and register on-line.


Download the mutual aid agreement from, and have your corporate authority (Board, City Council, etc.) approve the agreement.


Send the executed agreement to the Illinois Section of AWWA for final approval.

That’s all it takes to begin preparations to give or receive aid to/from your fellow utility members state-wide in Illinois through ILWARN. Join now and be better prepared to get your customers back in service quickly when disaster hits. Questions? Check out or call Jim Strutz, ILWARN Committee Chair, at 217-757-8660 x 1009 or Laurie Dougherty, ISAWWA, at 866-521-3595.

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meeting monthly or perhaps quarterly at various locations within the three states. Since these people were all involved in greater water treatment concerns than most groundwater users, the members generally had a greater awareness of water treatment problems than many of the personnel using groundwater. I was privileged to be invited to attend the meetings and became well acquainted with most of the group.

Many of the newer Section members probably don’t know me, although some of you may have heard about me or read about me in various publications. While I am currently retired, from 1951 until 1987 I was a Hydrologist with the Illinois State Water Survey in charge of a small regional office in northeastern Illinois. I have been a member of ISAWWA since 1957; and, during that time, I have served many functions, including Section Chair, AWWA Director, Secretary, Executive Manager, Editor of Splash, and I currently serve as the Section Historian. At the suggestion of the Section’s Executive Director Laurie Dougherty, I’d like to share some stories about my experiences in the water industry in Illinois that may be of interest to you. Hopefully, this will be the first of a series of articles I share with you. TRIVIA In the late 1950’s and the 1960’s, a number of water operator organizations were formed, especially in northeastern Illinois. Perhaps the first was the West Shore Water Producers Association, consisting primarily of water operator personnel from public water supplies from Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin that were obtaining water from Lake Michigan. The group met for a noon luncheon

During the late 1950’s and into the 1960’s, groups of public water supply operators using groundwater became organized in northeastern Illinois and, to some extent, in other areas of the State. The earliest formation that I am aware of was the South Suburban Water Operators Association, which included water operators primarily from southern Cook and Will Counties. They met for a noon luncheon in various communities, mostly in southern Cook County, primarily in Midlothian. Since these places were among those with which I had frequent contact, I was invited to join and frequently attended their meetings. Short topics were usually on the agenda and I often made some remarks about the activities of the State Water Survey. A few years after attending these meetings, an idea developed among water operators in DuPage County about forming another similar group to include primarily public groundwater supplies in DuPage County. As I recall, there were some operators from Cook and perhaps Kane County that joined. A major topic of discussion arouse early as to whether or not sales representatives of various companies should be included. At first, they were invited every other month, but eventually they were invited the same as water supply personnel. Following these two groundwater-using grounds, similar organizations were formed in both Lake and Kane Counties, and McHenry personnel were included in the Lake County group. Actually, I suspect

that boundaries have been widened so that an operator from any area is invited to participate in any of the groups. Although I did not often get to the southern part of the State, I am aware of similar group in southern Illinois, which included water supply personnel from a number of counties. I believe I occasionally attended some of those meetings in connection with visits with my son or daughter, who were both students at SIU. Some of the operator groups in northeastern Illinois sponsored water operator training classes before the Illinois Section AWWA became involved in that activity. I remember one class on groundwater use that I participated in with the Mid Central group. At the end of the class, I gave them a “home assignment” to turn in at the next meeting. I told them to measure the water level in one of their wells, and to not cheat, because I wanted to stress the point that if they didn’t know the water level, they didn’t know what their well was doing. I also told them that I would know what the level should be and would know if they cheated. Next month, I received the answers and sure enough, one person cheated. The man reported his well water level was about 400 feet, and I told him that none of his wells were that deep. Then he had to admit that he had copied his number from someone next to him. Which proved my point: if you don’t know the well water level, you don’t know what your well it doing—or maybe don’t even know much about your well. As you who read this must be aware, the Illinois Section AWWA and taken on a major additional activity by sponsoring a wide range of water operator training course, through personnel attendance or through on-line attendance using a variety of computer enhanced programs. Also, you undoubtedly must be aware, that you can earn EPA educational credits for participating in many, if not all, of these course. m e m o r i e s f r o m t h e p a s t 45

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Volunteering – It’s not like it used to be Laurie Dougherty, Executive Director

You are right, because in many cases, you can’t even get done what you need to in the allotted time. You are wrong, because the networks you create in volunteering will help you to be working smarter and more efficiently, and to have peers to reach out to who can advise you on ways they have survived the economic downturn. Having someone to talk to (Skype, email, text or phone) that understands your day-to-day experiences and the frustrations you are encountering is a great resource. They can help you to interpret a problem you may be having. It’s always better to learn from someone else’s mistakes. The economy is in turmoil. Jobs are here today and gone tomorrow. Despite the need to produce safe and sufficient water on a daily basis, even water utilities and related industries are being affected by the downturn in the economy. Everyday, people go to work in all segments of life wondering if this may be the day they get a notice of cut backs, layoff or furlough days. It is no surprise that in economic conditions such as this, volunteering is not on the top of most peoples’ list. It’s during this time of economic crisis that we need to remember why we volunteer. What are the paybacks? Many times it seems as though you just can’t manage that 2-hour or 8-hour volunteer commitment. You feel as though you can’t afford to take the time away from the requirements of your job, especially when the hours on your job may be getting cut back. We understand. Well, you are right and you are wrong.

Also the fact that you can find a few hours to volunteer keeps the cost of services provided to you at the association level at an affordable price. We understand at Illinois Section AWWA that the things we ask you to volunteer to help with are not how you make your living, and do not help to pay for your childcare, grocery bill or mortgage payment. It does pay you back tenfold in connections, networking for your next job, a familiarity with the regulatory agencies on a personnel networking level to make that next meeting you have with them a little bit easier, just to name a few. Illinois Section AWWA will tailor the volunteer opportunity to meet your schedule and passions. If you love to teach but cannot travel, we will work with you to deliver a webinar. During this process, you will have your presentation skills refined and critiqued, learn how to deliver training via the Internet,

make connections with people who are interested in the topic you are passionate about teaching, and also help to establish credibility for you as a professional on an individual basis. If you have a passion for artwork, handicrafts, or handmade items, we can work with you to provide items to be donated for the Water for People silent auction at the annual conference. If you love to learn about history of water plants, we can use your help in the museum during the conference. You say you have no money for registration fees? If you have been in the water industry 25 years or longer and have never received a 25-year service award – this could be your year! If you are a 25-year service award winner, you get complimentary registration to the conference and an invitation to the awards breakfast to be recognized by your peers. You don’t even have to be a member of AWWA to receive this benefit. We know though, once you see all of the things we have to offer and how we are working hard to make your dues worth every penny, you will be proud to say you are an active member of the Illinois Section of the American Water Works Association. Can we count on you to volunteer today? Fill out the information below and fax or email me the answers to those three items; and we will find a place for you to get back more than you give. Name: Phone: What do you like to do? Laurie Dougherty Phone: 866-521-3595 ext. 1 Fax: 866-521-3591

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WATERCON 2011 SPONSORS (As of January 27, 2011) Gold sponsors

SILVER sponsors

BRONZE sponsors Burns & McDonnell Natgun Corporation RE Pedrotti Company, Inc Layne-Western Company

SPONSORSHIPS STILL AVAILABLE! CONTACT 866-521-3595 50 W A T E RCON 2 0 1 1 S p o n s o r s S P L A S H February 2011

Attention municipalities: promote conservation! shower timers & toilet leak detection tablet order form Shower Timers

• Promote water conservation and use less resources with this 5 minute shower timer. Body is made from 70% recycled plastic. • Twist-action 5-minute shower timer with suction mount • Save water, energy and money. Take shorter showers, because every drop counts! • Shatter-resistant timer and 70% recycled plastic body • Imprinted with the Illinois Section AWWA logo • Reusable • Promotes Conservation

Toilet Leak Detection Tablets

• Detects leaks in large or small toilets. Darker color for easy detection. Tablets contain only FDA-certified, non-toxic, non-carcinogenic pigments not harmful if swallowed • Easy to follow instructions, printed in both English and Spanish • Packaged in moisture-resistant packs • Two tablets per pack • Promotes Conservation


Fax this form to 866-521-3591 or Mail to ISAWWA, 545 S. Randall Rd., St. Charles, IL 60174

please select:

□□ Please send me

SHOWER TIMERS @ $2.08 each (+ Shipping)

□□ Please send me

LEAK DETECTION TABLETS @ $0.60 each( +shipping)

Name(s): Company/Utility: Mailing Address: City/State/Zip: Phone: Fax: Email:

FOR MORE INFORMATION Phone: 866-521-3595 ext. 1 | Email: | Fax: 866-521-3591 s h o w e r t i m e r s & t oi l e t l e a k d e t e c t io n t ab l e t o r d e r fo r m 51 Illinois Section American Water Works Association


52 W a t e r c o n 2 0 1 1 a t t e n d ee r e g i s t r a t i o n f o r m S P L A S H February 2011

A WW A 2 0 1 1 I n di v id u a l m e m b e r s h i p a p p l ica t io n 53 Illinois Section American Water Works Association

METER MADNESS COMPETITION ENTRY FORM METER MADNESS COMPETITION Wednesday, March 22, 2011 - 5:00 p.m. (Ground Floor Ballrooms) Supervisors encourage your staff to participate. It’s a great way for a small utility to showcase their skills. Practice meters are available through AWWA at no charge. A demonstration video is also available online at ( If you have any questions, contact Craig McDonald at or at 815-877-1421. The competition will be held at 5:00 p.m. and the winner will receive a trophy and $750 towards travel and expenses to represent the ISAWWA at the national competition in Washington D.C.. 1. We need to receive your entry form by: February 28, 2011. 2. You do not have to be a utility member to enter the competition. 3. Complete all information below and send this entry form to the email or fax number listed below. Contestant Name: Utility/Company Represented: Contact Person’s Phone #: Fax #: Contact Person’s Email: Utility/Company Name & Address: T-Shirt Size: FAX YOUR COMPLETED FORM TO: Craig McDonald at or at 815-877-0211 Illinois Section AWWA will also provide one room night for contestants during the conference with double occupancy. If you need to have a room provided for you, please make your reservation at the Crowne Plaza or Holiday Inn and contact the Executive Director with your confirmation number. The Illinois Section will pay for one nights lodging for every two contestants. Reservation incidentals or no-shows will be the responsibility of the contestants. ____ I need a room provided for me at the Crowne Plaza/Holiday Inn Express. I have made a reservation under the name of ________________ for __________ night. The names of the contestants occupying this room are: #1___________________________________ #2____________________________________________________________ . My hotel reservation number is #__________. I understand that I am responsible for the room charges in their entirety if I do not show up and fail to cancel this reservation. If I am staying for more than one night, I understand the Illinois Section AWWA will only pay for one nights lodging. Registration for participants for the day of competition is complimentary. You will be automatically registered for Wednesday’s conference and will be given a free lunch ticket to the Fuller Award Lunch.

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TAPPING CONTEST ENTRY FORM TAPPING CONTEST Wednesday, March 23, 2011 - 5:00 p.m. (Ground Floor Ballrooms) 1) I am interested in the water tapping contest as an (circle one) a) Individual b) Member of a team 2) If you circled “Member of a team”, from which municipality, company, or place of work is this team? 3) Do you/would you need assistance (sponsorship) with the purchase of tools, equipment, necessary to practice and/or compete? Yes_______ No_______ 4) Do you/would you need a location, or area to practice? Yes______ No______ 5) Please provide the following information: Name: Employer: Address: City: State: Zip: Phone:/ Email: For more information, and send this form to either: Tim Kite Tony Cuzzone Long Creek Water Department City of Elmhurst 2610 Salem School Road 209 N. York Rd. Elmhurst, Illinois 60126 Decatur, Illinois 62521 (630) 530-6456 office (217) 864-5656 office (630) 530-6403 fax (217) 864-2977 fax Illinois Section AWWA will also provide one room night for contestants during the conference with double occupancy. If you need to have a room provided for you, please make your reservation at the Crowne Plaza or Holiday Inn and contact the Executive Director with your confirmation number. The Illinois Section will pay for one nights lodging for every two contestants. Reservation incidentals or no-shows will be the responsibility of the contestants. I need a room provided for me at the Crowne Plaza/Holiday Inn Express I have made a reservation under the name of for night. The names of the contestants occupying this room are: #1 #2 My hotel reservation number is # . I understand that I am responsible for the room charges in their entirety if I do not show up and fail to cancel this reservation. If I am staying for more than one night, I understand the Illinois Section AWWA will only pay for one nights lodging. Conference registration for the day of competition is complimentary. You will be automatically registered for Tuesday’s conference and will be given a free lunch ticket to the Fuller Award Lunch. t a p p i n g c o n t es t e n t r y f o r m 55 Illinois Section American Water Works Association

TOP OPS CONTEST Introduction The purpose of the Top Ops competition is to recognize and to promote excellence and professionalism in all aspects of water operations. The Top Ops contest gives operators the opportunity to showcase their talents and increases operator participation in the Illinois Section and the Association. Illinois Section Top Ops Contest Top Ops is a contest between water treatment operators to showcase their talents by competing against each other in a competitive, fast-paced question-and-answer tournament. Questions encompass all aspects of water supply, treatment, and distribution and are comparable to those on the water operator certification exam. A moderator poses a variety of multiple choice questions to a panel of teams, each of which attempts to be the first to respond. The team correctly answering the most questions in the final round is awarded a trophy and a chance to represent the Illinois Section at the AWWA conference during the week of June 13 in Washington D.C. Teams can consist of one, two, or three operators. The operators do not have to be from the same utility. In order to complete in Springfield, operators do not need to be a member of AWWA. Team members are required to work full time as a water treatment plant employee, a water distribution system employee, or in a first-line supervisor capacity. They must also possess a valid operator, laboratory, or distribution certificate. Engineers, upper-level supervisors, etc., who do not work as a day-to-day operator are precluded from participating as an official team. (“Spring training” teams are allowed in some circumstances, but those teams are not officially entered and are not allowed to win.) The types of questions that will be asked include: 1. Basic science 2. Public health and sanitary practices 3. O&M plant and pump maintenance 4. Plant and laboratory safety 5. Process control during normal and abnormal conditions

6. 7. 8. 9. 10.

Operator laboratory operations Federal regulations Water Distribution Water Hydrology Intermediate level mathematics

The ISAWWA Top Ops competition has rules, but they are subject to change at any time for the convenience of the judges and moderator. 1. Teams may enter up until 10:00 am on the day of the event, but please sign up as early as possible. 2. There will be a panel of three judges to rule in the event an answer needs interpretation for accuracy. The decision of the judges will be final even if it is wrong. 3. The rules for advancement from the preliminary rounds will depend on the number of teams in the competition. Teams will be advised of the rules before the preliminary round begins. 4. Each round will consist of 20 to 30 questions with 5 tiebreaker questions. 5. The first team to answer the question correctly after the moderator has completed the question is awarded one point. If the first team responds incorrectly, one point will be deducted from their score, the moderator will re-read the question, and the remaining team(s) will be given an opportunity to answer the question. 6. The team with the most points at the end of each round wins that round. Benefits In Addition To Bragging Rights ISAWWA Conference registration is complimentary for participants for the day of the competition. Team members will be automatically registered for Tuesday’s conference and will be given a free lunch ticket. Illinois Section AWWA will also provide one room night accommodation for contestants during the conference with double occupancy. If you need to have a room provided for your team, please make your reservation at the Crowne Plaza or Holiday Inn Express. The Illinois Section will pay for one room for one night for each team. Reservation incidentals or charges resulting from no-shows and failure to cancel the reservation will be the responsibility of the contestants. Additionally, the Illinois Section assists with travel costs for the winning team to compete at the AWWA conference. To compete at the AWWA conference, operator contestants will be required to be AWWA members, an employee of a utility member, or organization member of AWWA. 56 T o p o p s c o n t es t i n f o r ma t i o n S P L A S H February 2011

TOP OPS CONTEST ENTRY FORM Final Rounds: Tuesday, March 22, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. in exhibit hall Team Name: Utility Name and Address: Team Contact Person:

Phone #

Contact Person’s e-mail: Team Members’ Names: #1: #2: #3: Top Ops is a contest between water treatment operators to showcase their talents by competing against each other in a competitive, fast-paced question-and-answer tournament. Questions encompass all aspects of water supply, treatment, and distribution and are comparable to those on the water operator certification exam. A moderator poses a variety of multiple choice questions to a panel of teams, each of which attempts to be the first to respond. The team correctly answering the most questions in the final round is awarded a trophy and a chance to represent the Illinois Section at the AWWA conference during the week of June 13 in Washington D.C. The Illinois Section assists with travel costs for the winning team to compete at the AWWA conference. Teams can consist of one, two, or three operators and do not have to be from the same utility. In order to complete in Springfield, operators do not need to be a member of AWWA. However, to compete at the AWWA conference, the operators will be required to be AWWA members, an employee of a utility member, or organization member of AWWA. Team members are required to work full time as a water treatment plant employee, a water distribution system employee, or in a first-line supervisor capacity. They must also possess a valid operator, laboratory, or distribution certificate. Fax Your Completed Form To: Laurie Dougherty at (866) 521-3591 or scan the form and e-mail it to: Conference registration is complimentary for participants for the day of competition. Team members will be automatically registered for Tuesday’s conference and will be given a free lunch ticket. Illinois Section AWWA will also provide one room night accommodation for contestants during the conference with double occupancy. If you need to have a room provided for your team, please make your reservation at the Crowne Plaza or Holiday Inn Express. The Illinois Section will pay for one room for one night for each team. Reservation incidentals or charges resulting from no-shows and failure to cancel the reservation will be the responsibility of the contestants. Please provide our team a room at the Crowne Plaza or Holiday Inn Express (circle hotel). Reservations have been made under the name of for The names of the contestants occupying this room are:


#1 #2 The hotel room reservation number is # Please contact Larry Thomas, Top Ops Committee Chair, for more information. Phone: 815-459-1260 | e-mail:

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Watercon 2011 LAYOUT: main floor exhibit hall

58 Wa t e r co n 2 0 1 1 L A Y O UT : m ai n f l oo r e x h ibi t h a l l S P L A S H February 2011

MARCH 21 - 24, 2011 SPRINGFIELD, IL Wa t e r co n 2 0 1 1 L A Y O UT : m ai n f l oo r e x h ibi t h a l l 59 Illinois Section American Water Works Association

Watercon 2011 layout: 1st floor lobby

60 Wa t e r co n 2 0 1 1 L A Y O UT : 1 ST F L O O R L O B B Y S P L A S H February 2011

Watercon 2011 layout - 2nd floor lobby

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WATERCON 2011 EXHIBITORS (As of 1-27-11)

A.Y. McDonald Mfg Co Adaptor, Inc ADS Environmental Services Advanced Automation & Controls, Inc All Service Contracting Corp. Allied-Locke Industries Allstate H2O Filter Rehab American Flow Control APEX Pumping Equipment Applied Technologies, Inc Aqua Backflow, Inc. Aqua-Aerobic Systems, Inc Associated Technical Services Ltd. BACKFLOW COMMITTEE Backflow Solutions, Inc (BSI) Badger Meter, Inc Bakercorp Baxter & Woodman, Inc Benesch BIOWISH Technologies Brooks & Associates, Inc. Brotcke Well & Pump, Inc Brown Bear Corporation Burns & McDonnell Cady Aquastore Inc. Calgon Carbon Corporation Calumet City Plumbing Carus Corporation Cascade Waterworks Mfg Co Cathodic Protection Management, Inc CB&I CCT Environmental, Inc. CHICAGO CHAPTER APWA Clark Dietz, Inc Cla-Val Company Clow Valve Company Conco Spray Solutions Corrpro Companies, Inc Crawford, Murphy & Tilly, Inc. Dixon Engineering, Inc. Doonan Environmental Drydon Equipment Inc. Ductile Iron Pipe Research Association DYK Incorporated East Jordan Iron Works Eaton Mechanical Sales Edenbros, LLC EDUCATION COMMITTEE ELAN Technologies Electric Controls Company

62 w a t e r co n 2 0 1 1 EXH I B I T O RS S P L A S H February 2011

601 404 410 707 709 234 122 603 204 500 906 917 504 013 211 403 009 712 013 010 1006 058 118 803 506 902 201 213 031 222 610 702 042 505 107 905 056 232 510 229 & 230 111 509 1104 219 1008 804 1101 057 600 608

Elster AMCO Water EN Engineering Energenecs, Inc Engineered Fluid Inc. Engineering Enterprises, Inc Envirogen Technologies, Inc Environmental Resources Training Center Farnsworth Group, Inc. Ferguson Waterworks Fischer Harris Valves Fischer-Harris The Water Partners Flolo Corporation Flow-Technics Inc. Fluid and Thermal Systems Fluid Process Equipment Ford Meter Box Company, Inc. Foremost Industrial Tech Frabimor Equipment & Controls Gannett Fleming, Inc Gasvoda & Associates, Inc Giant Maintenance & Restoration, Inc. Hach Company Hawkins, Inc Heartland Controls/Hach Flow Products Henry Pratt Company HMG Group Hobas Pipe USA Horner & Shifrin, Inc. HR Green HydroAire, Inc Hydro-Kinetics Corp Hydromax Usa ICS Healy-Ruff Company IDEXX Laboratories Illinois American Water Illinois Department of Public Health Illinois Electric Works Illinois Environmental Protection Agency Illinois EPA - Drinking Water Compliance Illinois Pump, Inc. Illinois Rural Water Association Illinois State Water Survey ILWARN COMMITTEE IMTECH COMMITTEE Induron Coatings ISAWWA ISCO Industries ITT Analytics-WTW-Global H2O ITT/OI Analytical IWEA

901 006 300 & 400 1105 700 912 115 703 215 1102 405 1011 & 1012 & 10001 108 & 109 303 200 713 1016 & 1017 102 014 1021 & 1022 1018 502 110 218 1009 903 210 103 507 910 1024 1108 1109 221 704 914 095 & 10003 059 101 124 1103 1000 802 044 224 098 104 904 016 1106

JCM Industries, Inc Jim Jolly Sales JM Process Systems Johnson Controls JULIE, Inc Kamp./Snyergy, LLC Kinetrol USA, Inc Kupferle Foundry LAI, Ltd. Layne-Western Layne-Western Lee Jensen Sales Co, Inc M.E. Simpson Co., Inc. Maguire Iron, Inc Marshall-Bond Pumps Master Meter, Inc. McClure Engineering Associates, Inc McGard LLC McHenry Analytical McMahon Merrell Bros, Inc. Metropolitan Industries Midwest Mobile Washers, LLC Midwest Water Group, Inc Mississippi Lime Company MJK Instruments and Controls Mueller Co Mueller Systems Municipal Equipment Company Municipal Well and Pump Murphy and Dickey, Inc - Rosemount MWH Natgun Corporation Neptune Technology Group North Coast Environmental, Inc. Northern Filter Media NSF International Oldcastle Precast Pall Corporation PDC Laboratories, Inc. Peerless-Midwest, Inc PerkinElmer Peterson & Matz, Inc Prairie Analytical Systems, Inc Preload, Inc Pristine Water Solutions, Inc Process Wastewater Technologies, LLC Progress Environmental Pure Technologies RE Pedrotti

203 611 & 10002 1003 214 062 1005 1107 029 113 & 114 1007 1007 907 & 10005 1013 & 1014 705 701 1010 105 106 602 225 302 511 116 231 217 208 706 909 609 1020 001 402 604 121 233 407 054 908 100 508 915 007 1015 304 409 119 096 207 & 209 1004 1019

Red Flint Sand & Gravel Repair Service Corporation RJN Group, Inc Ronk Electrical Industries, Inc RootX, Inc Rotork Controls SAFETY WHEEL Seiler Instrument Sensus Shive-Hattery Architecture-Engineering Short Elliott Hendrickson SMALL SYSTEMS COMMITTEE SMALL WATER SUPPLY Sodemann & Associates, Inc Spectra Shield Lining Systems Spectrum Contracting Stewart Spreading Inc. Suburban Labs Swan Analytical USA, Inc Symbiont (Science, Engineering and Construction) Tank Industry Consultants TEST, Inc The Sherwin Williams Company Therma-Stor/Quest Thermo Fisher Scientific Tnemec /Taylor Coating Tonka Equipment Company Trotter & Associates, Inc. Underground Solutions Underwriters Laboratories Unison Solutions, Inc United Systems & Software Utility Service Co, Inc Vandevanter Engineering Veolia Water Wachs Water Services WATER DISTRIBUTION COMMITTEE WATER EFFICIENCY COMMITTEE Water Products Co Water Remediation Technology, LLC Water Tower Clean & Coat, Inc Water Well Solutions - Illinois Division Waterfall Secruity Solutions Westin Engineering, Inc Wilkens-Anderson Company WSG & Solutions XC2 Live Yeomans Chicago Grundfos

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Isawwa new members list October 29, 2010 - January 26, 2011 Claire Darmanin, International Carwash Association Nikhil Sheth David Raith, Evanston Water Utility Steve Cieslica, Trotter & Associates Nicole Praner, Wachs Water Services Justin Ross, Village of Lisle Dave Sampson, Automation Engineering Ltd David Jarrard, Heartland Controls/Hach Flow Products Peter Thomases, Wilkens-Anderson Company Ron Keppel, Illinois Electric Works Philip Cotter, Village of River Forest Water Department Michael Fielding, Public Works Magazine Pauli Undesser, Water Quality Association Chris Scott, Thermo Fisher Scientific Mark Bauer, Oldcastle Precast Tom Lawless Robert Hawkins, Process Wastewater Technologies, LLC William Burke, A.w.Chesterton Co. Bill Liszka, Village of Manhattan Anthony Heddlesten Caitlin Feehan, MWH John Beckwith, Village of Villa Park Ryan Bump, Village of Rapids City Rick Marvel, Xc2 Live Colin Blou, Waterfall Security Solutions, Ltd. Amanda Poole, Baxter & Woodman, Inc Ron Karczewski, Wachs Utility Services Ryan McKeon, Wachs Water Services Charles Wachs, Wachs Utility Services Joe Lazzerini, Wachs Water Services Dan Gallas, Wachs Water Services

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Jennifer Wade, Wachs Water Services Meilissa Kahoun, AQUA Illinois, Inc. Dan Rich, City of Elgin Water Department Colby Basham, City of Elgin Water Department Don Mann, City of Park Ridge Joseph O’Malley, City of Naperville Michael Emmett Stan Scott, Illinois American Water Company Bruce Johnson, Ndian Inc John Anderson, Bensenville Public Works Ryan Raczkowski, Lake Barrington Shores Cory Purintun, Village of Lincolnshire Mark Hage, City of Harvard Jennifer Crooks, U.S. EPA Region 5 Ian Streicher Derek Dibble Jorge Rosales Tim Perkins, City of Harvard Dan Hunsaker, Right Touch Home Services Peggy Donnelly, US EPA Luis Jurado Jeff Parke, SWAN Analytical USA, Inc. Amanda Johnson, Utility Payment Conference Sean Cardia, Pratt Company (Henry) Dave Tuterow, City of Chillicothe Foster Thalheimer, ANDalyze Village of Gilberts Utility Payment Conference ANDalyze Inc. KSB, Inc. Wachs Water Services, Wachs Utility Services

ISAWWA Board & Trustees: 2010 - 2011 Chair John Smith Chair Elect Dennis Ross Vice Chair Kevin Lookis Secretary-Treasurer John Van Arsdel Past Chair Terry McGhee AWWA Director John Donahue Executive Director Laurie Dougherty Trustee at Large Ray Ames Dist. 1 Trustee Greg Swanson Dist. 2 Trustee Chad Laucamp Dist. 2 Trustee Theresa O’Grady Dist. 3 Trustee Ted Meckes Dist. 4 Trustee Cheryl Norton Dist. 5 Trustee Tim Kite

217-875-5824 217-965-1566 847-866-2942 800-255-1521 630-834-0100 815-633-5461 866-521-3595 224-489-7988 309-524-2301 312-373-6759 630-820-1022 217-757-8630 618-531-8766 217-864-5656

COMMITTEE CHAIRS: 2010 - 2011 2010 ACE Chicago Co-Chair Robert Martin 2010 ACE Chicago Co-Chair John Spatz Annual Conference Greeter Len Rago Annual Conference Meter Madness Craig McDonald Annual Conference Tapping Contest Tim Kite Annual Conference Water Taste Test Nora Bertram Annual Conference Technical Program Kevin Lookis Annual Conference Top Ops Larry Thomas Awards Larry Goldsmith Backflow Dave Antonacci By Laws Angela Podesta Education Chris Ulm Finance Michael Winegard Fuller Award 2011 Jeff Fischer History Ken Ficek Illinois Public Service Institute Stephen Page ILWARN Jim Strutz Information Mgmt & Tech Don Bratschie MAC Terry Locke Membership Randy Lusk Nominating Terry McGhee Outreach Kyla Jacobsen Public Information Karen Cotton Safety/Emergency Planning Carolyn Grieves Small Systems Jon Meyer Source Water Protection Robyn Doescher SPLASH Melanie Van Heirseele Standard Practices Melanie Van Heirseele Water Distribution Dennis Bowe Water Efficiency Amy Talbot Water For People Claus Dunkelburg Water Trailer Matt Overeem Water Utility Council Gerald Bever Young Professionals Andrea Putz

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Index of Advertisers Alfred Benesch & Company����������������������������������� 05 American Filter Sand��������������������������������������������� 06 Aqua Backflow, Inc.������������������������������������������������ 35 Backflow Solutions, Inc. 1������������������������������������� 11 Backflow Solutions, Inc. 2������������������������������������� 19 Backflow Solutions, Inc. 3������������������������������������� 27 Badger Meter���������������������������������������������������������� 43 Baxter & Woodman������������������������������������������������ 33 Black and Veatch��������������������������������������������������� 33 Cady Aquastore, Inc.���������������������������������������������� 10 CDM������������������������������������������������������������������������ 06 Clark Dietz�������������������������������������������������������������� 35 CMT������������������������������������������������������������������������� 41 CP Solutions����������������������������������������������������������� 43 CTE/AECOM������������������������������������������������������������ 15 Dixon Engineering�������������������������������������������������� 07 Eccentric Pumps���������������������������������������������������� 67 Farnsworth Group, Inc.������������������������������������������ 41 Ferguson Waterworks�������������������������������������������� 23 Gannett Fleming����������������������������������������������������� 22 Green & Bradford, Inc.������������������������������������������� 04 Heneghan Associates�������������������������������������������� 47 HMG������������������������������������������������������������������������ 29 HR Green���������������������������������������������������������������� 34 Illinois American Water������������������������������������������ 34

Klingner������������������������������������������������������������������ 29 Layne Western�������������������������������������������������������� 43 M.E. Simpson��������������������������������������������������������� 02 Malcolm Pirnie, Inc.����������������������������������������������� 47 McClure ������������������������������������������������������������������ 31 Metropolitan Industries����������������������������������������� 04 Natgun�������������������������������������������������������������������� 64 Ndian Inc.��������������������������������������������������������������� 31 Norman Noe����������������������������������������������������������� 47 Optimization Solutions Environmental, LLC.�������� 36 Poly Processing Co., LLC.��������������������������������������� 42 Red Valve Co./Tideflex Technologies, Inc.������������ 36 Ruekert/Mielke������������������������������������������������������ 42 Strand Associates, Inc.������������������������������������������ 66 Swan Analytical USA���������������������������������������������� 42 Tank Industry Consultants������������������������������������� 35 Taylor Coating Sales/Tnemec Company, Inc.������� 48 The Flolo Corporation��������������������������������������������� 47 Tonka Equipment��������������������������������������������������� 46 Trine Municipal Services, LLC������������������������������� 26 Trojan���������������������������������������������������������������������� 18 USA Bluebook��������������������������������������������������������� Back Cover Utility Services Co., Inc. ���������������������������������������� 48 Water Solutions Unlimited, Inc������������������������������ 48 Water Well Solutions Illinois Division, LLC������������ 66

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Non Profit Organization U.S. Postage PAID Sycamore, IL Permit No. 66

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Illinois Section AWWA member publication