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Message from the Chair-Elect Jeff Cunningham

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hope that you are all having a safe and relaxing summer. While some challenges continue to linger, it’s safe to say that many of us are enjoying summer again. On August 1, 2021, Monique Riggs became the Indiana Section Executive Director. Odetta Cadwell has retired from this position and the Indiana Rural Water Association but agreed to head our group at the time of our merger between the INAWWA and IRWA. A huge thank you to Odetta for her leadership, over the last two years, and many years of service to Indiana’s water industry. Monique brings many years of experience with the IRWA and Section. She has been instrumental in helping us face challenges over the past year, by adapting our programs and events for members. One of the benefits of our merger with

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the IRWA is taking the best of both groups and building upon that foundation. Monique and our staff are working to expand our existing programs and looking at new ways to educate and advocate for our membership. Additionally, we are seeking to expand our avenues of engagement with regulatory agencies, the legislative process, and partner organizations. Over the coming months and years, expect to see us roll out new initiatives and continue to be the ‘Voice of Indiana Water.’ Please join me and our Board of Trustees in thanking Monique and our entire staff for their tireless work and remember to volunteer (whenever possible) and be on the lookout for new members! Jeff Cunningham

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Direct from the Director Chris Harrison, Director

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s I begin my term as Section Director, I would like to express my gratitude and appreciation to our past Director John Seever. John’s knowledge, experience, and guidance has placed the Section on solid ground, and his influence will continue for years to come. John has set a high standard and I hope to be as influential of a leader as he has been. For those of you who do not know me, my name is Chris Harrison and I have been engaged with the water community at multiple levels throughout my career. This includes water and wastewater operations, utility management, and community economic development. Additionally, my focus has been community growth and sustainability. Over the years, I have worn many hats. Many have known me as the Warsaw water superintendent for Indiana American Water for the past 15 years or through my past wastewater experience with the Town of North Manchester. I am currently the Northeast Indiana Business Development Manager for Commonwealth Engineers, Inc. This position allows me to stay connected to the pulse of the water sector and grasp the needs of communities throughout the state. Thank you for allowing me to be your Director for the next three years. As we step out of the shadows of the COVID pandemic, I am honored to welcome you back! We are here for you. Your commitment and dedication through the COVID crisis may be unspoken but has not gone unnoticed. You define what an essential person

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You define what an essential person is during a time of crisis. As the pandemic winds down, it is time to celebrate our success and reflect on the past. is during a time of crisis. As the pandemic winds down, it is time to celebrate our success and reflect on the past. Please join us and your fellow

peers at our upcoming conferences and on-site training events. Hope to see you soon! Chris Harrison

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District Reports

Central District Ryan Smith, Trustee Greetings from the Central District. As we continue to persevere through the remainder of 2021, the Central District had a successful Spring/Summer Meeting. With consideration to COVID restrictions, meeting in person was almost impossible so the Central District held an online webinar for almost a dozen classes – between June 14 to July 9 – for operators to attend at their leisure and

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District Reports

Northeast District

Northwest District

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Derek Snyder, Trustee

Greetings from the Northeast District! We hope this finds everyone in good health and that you’re all having a great summer. The Northeast District officers have chosen to have an in-person Fall Meeting this year, which will take place on September 23, 2021, at the Autumn Ridge Golf Course. After collecting your CEUs, please stay and play a round of golf! Thanks so much for your time – we hope to see you all there this fall!

The Northwest District will host a virtual Fall Meeting on September 24, 2021. Led by Northwest District President Brian Ropes, the online meeting will offer excellent presentations on safety and regional water system planning.

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During the seminar portion of the event: • Christopher Johnsen of Michigan City Department of Water Works will provide an overview of fall protection best practices, including personal protective equipment and mitigation strategies. • Sarah Hudson of IFA will give an overview of Regional Water Planning and guidance for forming a regional working group in the northwest corner of the state. • Matt Prater of IDEM will provide an overview of recent and upcoming regulatory changes. During the annual business meeting portion of the event, the following District Officers are slated to serve in 2022: • President: Jeremy Beckner, Winamac Water Department • Vice President: Paul Vincent, AME Consulting, LLC • Secretary-Treasurer: Brian Pullia, Town of Dyer Water Department • Trustee: Christopher Johnsen, Michigan City Department of Water Works

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District Reports

Small Systems Trustee – North Troy Elless, Trustee With summer fading out, it is time to look to the fall and prepare our systems for the upcoming winter. Many people will be flushing for the final time or making sure certain meter pits are insulated. This is a good opportunity to evaluate your system for winter weaknesses. It is always good to prepare for the change in season before it is too late. The Small Systems Committee has

published winter tips in past editions of its newsletter – a valuable resource when preparing for the season. I would also like to mention that 811 Day was in August (8/11) and our partners at 811 celebrated at the State Fair. Our partners are a great resource for water systems to use in public outreach and education; they have a library of educational materials available for all

ages and are always available to assist a utility. 811 has staff members who are area-specific and are there strictly for member support, so use this resource to promote the dig law and protect your utility infrastructure. Looking to the future, our conference will be here before you know it and I look forward to seeing you all then. Have a safe and productive fall.

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District Reports

Southeast District

Southwest District

Julie Berry, Trustee

Shawn Kluesner, Trustee

Hello from Southeastern Indiana! Our District Officers met in August to finalize plans for the Fall District Meeting, scheduled on Thursday, September 2, 2021, at the Park Building, located at 722 Eisenhower Drive in Edinburgh. Our program will feature presentations on GIS, Lead Line Replacement, and Cybercrime/Fraud prevention. We will also have Officer elections, presentations from IDEM and AWWA Section Officers, and door prizes. I will not be running for the Southeastern Indiana Trustee position in these elections. Our current President is Donna Ennis, Indiana American Water; Vice President is Linda Sanders, Wessler Engineering; and Secretary/Treasurer is Bill Jones. Our current slate of Officers are all capable individuals, who bring a great deal of expertise to their positions. If you are interested in running for any of these positions, please contact me at 812-599-2613. It has been a joy working with all the great people of the Indiana Section AWWA. As a final suggestion, I hope we all keep an eye out for clean water initiatives in the coming years. The state legislation that passed this last session, regarding wetland classifications, is concerning for rural water; hopefully we can all work together to protect the precious resource of water for future generations of Hoosiers. I know the AWWA will be ready to provide guidance to lawmakers on rural water needs whenever called upon to do so. Thank you all for the opportunity to serve!

Greetings water professionals! The Southwest District has scheduled its Fall Meeting for September 8, 2021, at the Patoka Lake Regional Water and Sewer. INDOT will provide presentations on right-of-way permitting and procedures for the relocation of improvement projects; meanwhile, several outside trench safety demonstrations will be set up and discussed. The afternoon will consist of tours throughout the Patoka Lake Regional Water and Sewer District facilities. There will be no registration fee for this meeting. The Southwest District Board welcomes all water colleagues to attend this event.!

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Committee Reports

Backflow Committee James Probst, Chair You turn on the faucet and water comes out. Do you ever wonder where that water comes from, or why that water is safe to drink? You can thank the backflow and cross connection control industry for their professionalism and dedication to protecting our drinking water. The backflow industry is a tight-knit group of individuals who are passionate about protecting the public water supply from contamination. Backflow professionals – plumbers, water quality professionals, government regulators, backflow training schools, backflow testers, irrigation contractors – are the backbone of the industry. They are the unsung heroes, defending the public’s health by ensuring industry standards are followed. They ensure no shortcuts are taken that can endanger our water supply. The backflow industry had something special to celebrate this year. On August 16, 2021, the industry celebrated

National Backflow Prevention Day for the first time ever. Finally, backflow testers have their own day of recognition. They are now publicly recognized, where before they were our silent protectors. This year on National Backflow Prevention Day, people participated in a livestream backflow presentation and educated the public on the importance of backflow prevention and cross connection control. It can be a difficult job. Water customers, enforcement agencies, plumbing inspectors and others are sometimes not fully educated or properly trained in backflow protection. The AWWA Backflow and Cross Connection Control Committee is committed to this education for customers and professionals in our industry. With COVID-19 hopefully behind us, our Board is looking forward to coming together and meeting in person again to continue this important work.

MAC Committee Doug Karst, Chair In August, the MAC Committee, along with the Small Systems and Education Committees, hosted 179 attendees at the Miami County Fairgrounds at our annual Operator Boot Camp. Thank you to our vendor participants for showcasing their products and expertise. Please mark your calendars for next year’s event on August 10, 2022. The MAC Committee is currently working on the Water Institute that is scheduled for December 6-8, 2021, at the beautiful French Lick Resort. Registration and room block is now open. We look forward to seeing everyone there to enjoy educational sessions, the Exhibit Hall & Equipment Expo, and other networking events.

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Safety Committee Brian Miller, Chair We were recently reminded about how Mother Nature impacts our job tasks and safety. In mid-July, areas of Indiana experienced a great amount of rainfall. This was just one factor that impacted a trench collapse that trapped a utility worker in Central Indiana. Luckily, through the joint efforts of public safety and industry professionals, the worker was rescued within four hours and able to climb out of the trench. Although safety systems were in place, the saturated ground led to the instability of the banks around the trench (as well as the trench having to be dewatered). This incident reminds me of the advice I received when going through competent person trenching and shoring training: it’s not a matter of if a trench will collapse, but when it will. Please keep this in mind as Indiana transitions from fall to winter. Our distribution systems are greatly impacted by freezing and thawing during this time of year, causing main failure. It is easy to get complacent when working long hours in inclement weather and trying to restore service quickly to customers. Complacency oftentimes leads to compromising safety practices. I encourage everyone to stay diligent during those times and remind personnel about the importance of working safely. Daily or weekly tailgate talks are a great way to raise safety awareness at/around jobsites. Many free resources and topics are available online and can be read directly from a smartphone on the jobsite. If this is not a practice your utility or workplace currently completes, I encourage you to add this step to your safety practices. On another note, the AWWA presents the Wendell R. LaDue Utility Safety Award annually to utilities that demonstrate excellence in safety. There are four class sizes (based on the number of employees) that this Award is given to – one for each category. Information for this Award can be found on the Indiana

Section AWWA website under the ‘Safety Committee’ tab. In the meantime, if you’re interested in nominating your utility for this Award, I encourage you to start gathering OSHA 300 log information for years 2017-2020. 2021 OSHA 300 log information will also be needed once the year is complete. Nominations will be due for our Section by mid-January 2022. More information regarding the application process will be published in the Winter edition of NewsLeaks. Stay safe and healthy!

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Committee Reports

Competitions Committee Shaun Shifflett, Chair It’s been a long time, but the competitions are back with a few minor changes. Because of trademark issues, the AWWA has changed our meter competition name. Going forward, we will be conducting Meter Mania competitions, previously known as Meter Madness. We last held competitions in January 2020. This has been a long process and we cannot wait to bring the excitement of the competitions back to our conferences. Due to the impacts of COVID-19, and the safety of everyone involved, everything was postponed. After speaking with the past winners of Meter Mania and Hydrant Hysteria, and following recommendations from the AWWA, our 2020 winners would like to represent Indiana at the National level at ACE’22, taking place in San Antonio, TX. The AWWA will be using the same meters and hydrants as planned for 2020.

The winner for Meter Mania is Sam Gillespie from the NE District. The winning team for Hydrant Hysteria is Valparaiso, NW District. Looking ahead, there is good news: Starting in September 2022, we will conduct the Meter Mania competitions at all Fall District meetings and decide who will represent their district at the Water Institute in French Lick, December 2022. The winner at French Lick will go to Toronto, Canada in June of 2023 (ACE’23) to represent Indiana. Hydrant Hysteria will also be held in December 2022 at French Lick. The winning team will go to Toronto, Canada in June of 2023 (ACE’23) to represent Indiana. Think you have what it takes to compete? All winners at the 2022 competitions MUST have a valid passport as ACE’23 will be taking place in Toronto, Canada.

Technical Program Committee Cara Lance-Emerick, Chair 2021 Water Institute Call for Abstracts The 2021 Water Institute is quickly approaching on December 6-8, 2021, at the French Lick Resort. If you or someone you know is interested in submitting an abstract to present in person at this conference, please submit this information to Cara Lance-Emerick at caral@mesimpson.com or submit your abstract online at www.inawwa.org/product/2021-abstractsubmittal-water-institute. The Technical Program Committee will be reviewing and selecting abstracts for this conference.

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Abstracts (a brief description of your presentation) should be 100-200 words long and define the main purpose and conclusions of your work. In addition to the abstract, a short biography should be included for all speakers. The Water Institute program format will be similar to previous years with workshops and general sessions offering credit hours for water and wastewater, individually and combined. Case studies, workshops and panel discussions are welcome.

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Committee Reports

Emergency Preparedness Committee/InWARN Dawn Keyler, Chair After 11 years, Jaimie Foreman has passed the responsibility of chairing the Indiana Section’s Emergency Preparedness Committee to me. Jaimie has made great strides, connecting our sector to others in the State of Indiana, and will continue to Chair the InWARN organization until a replacement is found. Thank you, Jaimie, for your years of service. Most of the utilities in Indiana should have certified their Risk and Resiliency Assessment with USEPA and be working on their Emergency Response Plans. Below is a summary of the AWIA requirements. Federal AWIA 2018 – America’s Water Infrastructure Act Replaces the Bioterrorism Act of 2002 Community Water Systems serving more than 3,300 persons must: • update their Risk and Resilience Assessment; • update their Emergency Response Plan; • certify to EPA either online, email or by mail; • review and update both plans every five years thereafter; and • record maintenance (keep copies of RRA & ERP and any updates for five years after certification submittal). Community Water System (pop. served)

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The ERP must include: • Strategies and resources to improve the resilience of the system, including the physical security and cybersecurity of the system. • Plans and procedures that can be implemented, and identification of equipment that can be utilized, in the event of a malevolent act or natural hazard that threatens the ability of the community water system to deliver safe drinking water. • Action, procedures, and equipment which can obviate or significantly lessen the impact of a malevolent act or natural hazard on the public health and the safety and supply of drinking water provided to communities and individuals, including the development of alternative source water options, relocation of water intakes, and construction of flood protection barriers. • Strategies that can be used to aid in the detection of malevolent acts or natural hazards that threaten the security or resilience of the system. State of Indiana Senate Enrolled Act 362 For the State’s Wastewater and Drinking Water Revolving Loan Programs that are governed by the Indiana Finance Authority (IFA), there are new requirements in applying for a loan: • Documentation must be shown that the participant in the loan program has the financial, managerial, technical and legal capability of operating and maintaining its wastewater/drinking water system. • The participant must demonstrate that it has developed or is in the process of developing an asset management program as defined in the guidelines provided by the IFA. The IFA is requiring cybersecurity protections to be a part of the asset management plan. For Indiana Department of Environmental Management, when applying for permits for: • The operation of a newly constructed or newly acquired water or wastewater treatment plant, or • A permit for the expansion of an existing treatment plant. The applicant of such permits will be required to certify that the following documents have been prepared and are completed: • A life cycle-cost benefit analysis, • A Capital Asset Management Plan, and • Cybersecurity Plan.

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Committee Reports Resources/Tools Available AWWA • Cyber Security Guidance & Tool – www.awwa.org/ResourcesTools/Resource-Topics/Risk-Resilience/CybersecurityGuidance • J100 Standard – Risk and Resilience Management • G430 Standard – Security Practices for Operations and Management

EPA • www.epa.gov/waterriskassessment • Baseline Information on Malevolent Acts for Community Water Systems • Vulnerability Self-Assessment Tool (VSAT) • Emergency Response Plan Template and Instructions • AWIA Certification System • Power Resilience Guide for Water and Wastewater Utilities

InWARN Activities Jaimie Foreman, Chair COVID Resources FEMA graciously supplied our organization with COVID resources for the water and wastewater utilities in the State of Indiana. If you need facemasks for your staff, please fill out the request form, available at www.inwarn.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/ InWARN-ReUsable-Mask-Request-Form-06112020.pdf, and submit to InWARN. We are collaborating with our partners to either deliver or ship these masks to requesting utilities. As the State reopens and more employees return to the office, there has been a need for temperature monitoring prior to entering facilities – a step that is becoming more important with

the COVID variants. If your utility is planning on implemented temperature checks, with the uncertainty of what the future holds during the ongoing pandemic, I highly recommend you request a NCIT while they are available. There are similar thermometers available online but they are not CDC-approved and do not function as expected. The NCIT is provided by FEMA, via the Indiana State Department of Homeland Security. We are only asking that the requesting utility pay a flat rate fee of $10/per thermometer to assist with the shipping expenses. To request a NCIT for your utility, please visit www.inawwa.org/ product/thermometer.

Philanthropy Committee Mike Simpson, Chair They say time flies – 2021 is no exception. It’s already September, which means over half the year is already gone. Here is an update on all things happening with your Philanthropy Committee. The One AWWA Operator Scholarship is taking applications and looking to award 10 scholarships (two in each district) to hard working, deserving candidates enrolled in Operators School this fall. The IRWA Gambold Education Fund is ready and applications will be released this fall for the Water Institute in French Lick this December. Information for our Youth Water Science Education Grant will be sent out at the beginning of January 2022. Our hope is that several schools will apply for the Grant, which will be awarded at the Annual Conference in April. I encourage all of you to consider sharing the Grant application with your school system, specifically science teachers.

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The Annual Golf Outing was a success, and we appreciate the Golf Committee making it such an enjoyable event. The funds raised at this year’s outing will support Water For People and its educational programs. Thank you to everyone who participated. All of our programs – One AWWA Operator Scholarship, IRWA Gambold Education Fund, Bezzozi Grant and the Youth Water Science Education Grant – are being fully promoted and presented as we move forward in 2021 and 2022. More than ever, we need your involvement and engagement on this Committee! Participation in the Philanthropy Committee will enhance our Section’s endeavors and accomplish our goal to help others throughout Indiana and the world have access to clean and safe water. Your engagement helps us educate students, provide additional training to operators, and ensure that our water remains clean and safe.

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Committee Reports

Water Utility Council Scott Miller, Chair Legislator assignments and hearing dates are now set for the General Assembly’s Task Force on Wastewater Infrastructure Investment and Service to Underserved Areas. The Committee’s work continues its efforts to study and better understand utility infrastructure needs throughout the state. While specific discussion topics have yet to be made public, it’s expected that some of the addressed issues will be listed in the proposed legislation for the upcoming session. Meeting dates are August 19, September 20, and October 4, 13, and 18. You can monitor the following website, 184.175.130.101/legislative/2021/committees/wastewater_ infrastructure_investment_task_force, for updates on agenda items. Infrastructure continues to be a major topic of discussion at the federal level and with the recent passage of the $1 trillion

bipartisan infrastructure bill by the Senate. As currently written, the bill provides $55 billion for water systems and related infrastructure. The bill’s ultimate fate in the House remains uncertain, especially if it is tied to the passage of a broader budget bill. Current state-level funding is also a hot topic as the Indiana Finance Authority prepares to announce SWIF grant awards at the end of August. To best position your utility for potential funding opportunities, ensure your strategic and capital plans are up to date. Future WUC meetings will be scheduled as we move into the fall season and see the results of the wastewater task force and prepare for the upcoming legislative session. In the meantime, stay healthy and safe.

Membership Committee Mark Brace, Chair 2021 New Member Update In May, June, and July, the Indiana Section added 28 New Members: nine Named Representatives, one Student, seven Operations/Administrative, and 11 Individual Members. Named Representative Members Amando Ballew – Town of Lanesville Mason Boicourt – Town of Crothersville Phyllis Carr – Town of Nashville Wade Cohagan – Monticello Water Department Katie Collins – Town of Royal Center Mary Eley – Town of Redkey Jackie Hilgartner – And-Tro Water Authority District 1 F. Anthony Masingo – Marysville Otisco Nabb Chris Rowe – Town of Lakeville Student Member Drew Parsley

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Operations and Administrative Members Jeff Arnold – Suburban Bethlehem Lutheran School Todd Gardner – BBP Water Corporation Joyce Hamilton – Town of Albany Water Department Salley Hattabaug – City of Salem Dean Moore – Town of Dale Tedd Riehle – Computers Made Easy Jerry Sherwood Individual Members Ryan Bylls – City of Goshen William Etzler Anthony Galloway – Springs Valley Regional Water District Benjamin Gensic – Fort Wayne City Utilities Anne Hays Tanner Hill – Terracon Consultants, Inc. Randy Jackson – Logansport Municipal Utilities Tyler Lucas – American Flow Control Angela Phaup – Evansville Water and Sewer Brian Price – Wessler Engineering Benjamin Swain

Indiana Section Membership Snapshot Utility Members – 368 Individual Members – 1,252 Service Providers – 15 Total Section Membership – 1,634

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Committee Reports

Water For People Committee Emily Nelson, Chair Summer Recap Our virtual Make it Rain fundraising challenge raised a total of $420 for Water For People. We sent the proceeds to Water For People during a dollar-for-dollar matching campaign and doubled our impact! A big thank you to the Planning Committee, for your flexibility and trying a new event format due to the pandemic, and Gripp Inc., for sponsoring the fundraising challenge! Chris Harrison is the Indiana Section’s 2021 Kenneth J. Miller (KJM) Founders Award winner. On June 22, we celebrated Chris’s service at the KJM Virtual Award Ceremony,

hosted by Water For People. On September 25, the Indiana Section will be presenting Chris with a Miller Award pin at the Sunset Cruise event. This summer, we held two other fundraising events for Water For People: our annual Golf Outing and Run for World Water 5k. To learn more about the Golf Outing, see page 24 in this edition of News Leaks. The results of the Run for World Water 5k are being tallied and will be published in the Winter edition of the magazine. Thank you to all our sponsors and participants for both events. It has been great to see everyone again this year!

Upcoming Events: Water For People Concert, Evansville, IN Tickets are available at www.ticketmaster.com and the Ford Center box office. This year’s concert features Herman’s Hermits starring Peter Noone and The Association.

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Sunset Cruise, Syracuse, IN Join our annual cruise on Lake Wawasee that includes DJ entertainment, games, raffle prizes, food, spirits, and more.

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Visit www.inawwa.org/about-us/committees/water-for-people or contact the committee at waterforpeople@inawwa.org for more information.

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Committee Reports

Small Systems Committee Bryan Forkner, Chair INAWWA’s Small Systems Committee continues to focus on our mission to serve and educate small to medium utilities and training associated with water treatment and utility management. Our Committee’s intent is to facilitate and empower utilities to become effective stewards of our water resources. We our currently working on the next issue of FYI-Small Systems. If you are not currently receiving this publication, please let us know and we will add you to the mailing list (or you can access copies thru INAWWA’s website, www.inawwa.org, under the ‘Resources’ tab. Our Small Systems Committee will facilitate an EPA Grant workshop (date and time to be announced) and the Indiana RCAP will be providing the instruction for the day. This will be a free workshop with approved CEUs for operators. We partnered with the Education Committee and presented our IRWA legacy Operator Boot Camp at the Miami County Fairgrounds in Peru on August 11, 2021. We are also working with the AWWA Education Committee and Safety Committee to offer trainings across the state.

Your Small Systems Committee is looking for workshop ideas or other initiatives to help small systems. We would love to know your ideas on how we can better serve you and/or topics you would like to see addressed in an upcoming newsletter or workshop. To share your thoughts and ideas, please contact our Small Systems Committee members, listed here www.inawwa.org/ about-us/committees/small-systems.

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As of this writing, here is the schedule for our Fall District Meetings: • Southeast District Meeting will be held September 2 at Edinburgh, • Southwest District Meeting will be held September 8 at Patoka Lake Regional Water, • Northeast District Meeting will be on September 23 at Fort Wayne, • Northwest District Meeting will be a webinar on September 24, and • Central District will be a webinar in mid-October. For the most current information, please visit www.inawwa.org.

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Committee Reports

Source Water Protection Committee Silpa Varanasi, Chair There are so many ways to protect our sources of drinking water. It is imperative that we deliver the highest quality of drinking water to our customers. Ways to be proactive in protecting the water sources include, but are not limited to, using less toxic or non-toxic household cleaning products, native plants that do not require much fertilizer, proper medicine disposal, recycling, and hazardous waste collection methods where appropriate. This Committee continues to find the best ways to educate utilities, stakeholders, and the public on source water protection.

Our Committee is working with conservation partners, state, and federal agencies to find funding and methods to encourage the development of conservation programs to protect drinking water sources. We are working to educate state decision makers, local utilities, and the public on the significance of prioritizing source water protection. The group is working to develop education and outreach materials that can be used by utilities to gain more support within their communities for source water protection. Check out the latest brochure, https://tinyurl.com/wsn76awa, to find local resources. We are developing a digital Source Water Protection (SWP) Award and look forward to issuing the Award to the most deserving entity. The Source Water Protection Committee is seeking members interested in developing and implementing SWP programs throughout Indiana. To join our Committee, visit www.inawwa.org/source-water-protection.

Young Professionals Committee Justin Burnett, Chair The Indiana Section AWWA Young Professionals (YP) Committee hosted its first lunch and learn, since before the COVID-19 pandemic, at the City of Carmel’s Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP) on May 20, 2021. Led by Bowen Engineering, members attended a tour and presentation regarding the company’s ongoing project to increase plant capacity. Bowen’s improvement project includes the addition of aeration tanks, a final clarifier, RAS pump station, division structure, mixed liquor channel, process equipment, mechanical piping, UV upgrades, and new storm drainage system. We are pleased to report that the event was well attended and the Committee is looking at similar opportunities for next quarter. August 25, 2021, marked the start of the Indiana Water Environment Association (IWEA) Conference in Fort Wayne, IN. As a joint YP Committee with IWEA, the YPs attended the Young Professionals presentation track on Wednesday, August 25, which included four presentations, a committee meeting, and networking reception in the evening. The Young Professionals Mentor Program continues to flourish with the first round of pairings, announced at the end of August 2021. If you are interested in becoming a mentor/ mentee or know someone that is interested, please reach out to indianaawwaiweayp@gmail.com for more information.

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Committee Reports

Golf Committee John Crist, Chair Thank you to our volunteers and partners below for sponsoring 50 teams in our 25th year! E.J. Prescott for sponsoring dinner and JCM Industries for sponsoring lunch this year. Jack Doheny Companies for sponsoring our putting contest and Peerless Midwest for sponsoring the Water Ball Contest this year. GRW Engineers and Utility Supply Company for sponsoring the Par 3 Contests. Mickelson Sponsor 120Water Citizens Energy Group Peerless Midwest Utility Supply Company Nicklaus Sponsor Commonwealth Engineers E.J. Prescott GRW Engineers M.E. Simpson Co. Neptune Technology Group

Ortman Drilling & Water Services Water Solutions Unlimited Wessler Engineering Palmer Sponsor A.Y. McDonald Bastin-Logan Beam, Longest & Neff Bowen Engineering Butler, Fairman & Seufert Crawford Murphy & Tilly DN Tanks E.J. Prescott Ford Meter Box GPK Products Hach Indiana American Water JCM Industries Kokosing Industrial M-Cor Marketing Midwest Utility Sales Mueller Company O.W. Krohn & Associates Preferred Pump RJM Sales Tyler Union

Bubba Sponsor Vestal Manufacturing Congratulations to our Contest Winners Sycamore Long Drive – Cathy Lance Sycamore Closest to Pin – Brad Semon Sycamore Longest Putt – Taylor White Pines Long Drive – Jack Ockomon Pines Closest to Pin – Kevin Strickler Pines Longest Putt – Greg Crow Congratulations to Team EJP for winning the Peerless Midwest Water Ball Contest. Hunter Bolin, Mueller Co., and Dan Rickord, Mayor of Decatur, won the Utility Supply Co. and GRW Engineers Par 3 Contests. Curtis Wilson, City of Anderson, won the Jack Doheny Putting Contest. Thank you Ed Nugent, for donating your 50/50 winnings back to the Section. We look forward to seeing you all again next year!

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Agency Updates

New Executive Director The Indiana Section of the American Water Works Association (INAWWA) announced that Monique Riggs will lead the organization as Executive Director. She succeeds long-time water industry leader Odetta Cadwell, who is retiring. Monique Riggs has more than 15 years of experience in Indiana water-related issues. She came to the INAWWA from the Indiana Rural Water Association (IRWA), where she served as both Executive Director and Program Manager. When the two organizations joined forces in 2020, Riggs transitioned to Director of Member Services with the newly combined INAWWA. She also has regulatory experience with the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, spending 11 years in various roles with the Water Rights & Use Section in the Division of Water. Riggs is a graduate of Indiana University, Indianapolis, and has earned graduate certificates from Purdue University and IUPUI. Odetta Cadwell dedicated her career to providing education and technical assistance to water and wastewater

As Monique Riggs takes the helm of our organization, we have full confidence in her experience, her knowledge of the issues and her ability to bring together diverse viewpoints as she leads our organization into the future. operators, utility boards, clerks, elected officials, and other stakeholders across the state. She served as the Executive Director of the IRWA for more than 18 years and retired in 2019. Cadwell came out of retirement in 2020 to lead the INAWWA. “Thanks to Odetta Cadwell’s leadership, the Indiana Section of the American Water Works Association is in a prime position to support the water industry statewide as we navigate these challenging times,” said Jeff Cunningham, Board Chair, INAWWA. “As Monique Riggs takes the helm of our organization, we have full confidence in her experience, her

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knowledge of the issues and her ability to bring together diverse viewpoints as she leads our organization into the future.” As the INAWWA moves into the coming months, education, training and technical assistance will continue to be a cornerstone of its work. These resources will be offered in person and virtually to water, wastewater, and storm water utilities; support personnel; utility boards; locally elected officials in the communities where they live and work; well drillers and pump installers. Additionally, members and utilities will continue to have access to the IRWA’s Gambold Education Fund and AWWA grants.

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Agency Updates

2021 Water Institute Please mark your calendars for our upcoming Water Institute at the beautiful French Lick Resort, taking place from December 6-8, 2021, in French Lick, IN. We are in the program planning stage and hope to offer around 16 contact hours of timely and relevant educational sessions. More details to come later as the program develops. Abstracts are currently being accepted! Please contact Cara Lance-Emerick, Chair of the Technical Program Committee, at caral@ mesimpson.com or submit your abstract online at www.inawwa.org/product/2021abstract-submittal-water-institute. In addition to submitting abstracts, there are other items which warrant your consideration:

IRWA Gambold Education Fund Grants – We will award up to six GEF grants to folks who have either never (or in the last five years) attended an INAWWA or IRWA event. The Grant includes full conference registration, two nights at the conference hotel, lunches and receptions, and a GEF shirt. Please submit your application and our Philanthropy Committee will select the awardees. 2021 Operator of the Year Nominations – Please submit nominations for an outstanding operator in water and/or wastewater. We will be awarding large and small systems, so please send in your nominations today.

2021 Bonna Burns Outstanding Office Personnel – Please submit a nomination for an outstanding office person, who keeps your utility on track. We will once again have our Exhibit Hall & Equipment Expo. This popular venue offers the opportunity for you to learn about the latest in processes, technologies, and equipment; visit with agency folks; and seek answers to questions you may have. Networking opportunities are valuable benefit of attending in-person events and the Water Institute is a great place to connect with your peers. Hope to see you all there!

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WHITE PAPER / LEAD AND COPPER RULE

PROACTIVE PREPARATION FOR LEAD AND COPPER RULE COMPLIANCE By Nathan Dunahee, P.E.

Changes to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Lead and Copper Rule require water service providers to develop an effective compliance strategy to protect the public, especially children and vulnerable populations. The time is now for proactive measures that address public health protection and economic realities. THE ORIGINAL LCR: REACTIVE AND INEFFECTIVE There is no safe level of exposure to lead. It can bioaccumulate in the body and poses serious health risks to the brain and nervous system. Even at low exposure levels, lead is particularly dangerous and exposure to elevated levels of copper can result in nausea and potential liver and kidney issues. Lead was widely used in plumbing materials until banned in 1986, resulting in an estimated 6.5 million to 10 million homes in the U.S. with lead service lines. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) introduced the original Lead and Copper Rule (LCR) in 1991 to protect public health, establishing action levels at 1.3 mg/L for copper and 0.015 mg/L for lead. These action levels remain unchanged in the revised LCR. When these action levels were exceeded in 10% or more of the tap water samples collected during any monitoring period, improvements to the water systems were required. Unfortunately, the frequency of obtaining water samples that would trigger LCR actions was rare because of the sampling procedures in place. This step required consumer involvement to

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perform advanced sampling methodology and was not necessarily performed at sites representing the true level of contaminants in the community. The LCR required sampling from the tap in homes and buildings, specifying that a draw of water should come from the first liter from the tap after a minimum of six hours of no water usage. However, not all buildings and homes were sampled, and in some cases they were not sampled correctly. The first liter often filled sample bottles with water from the portion of copper or plastic pipe in the home, not the lead service lines that were the true source of the problem. As a result, the data collected was not always reflective of the actual conditions. Some water utilities were proactive in replacing lead service lines, even when they were found to be in compliance. However, this was not always the case, as LCR loopholes allowed for many problematic lead service lines to remain in service. It was estimated that the LCR resulted in water utilities replacing only 1% of lead service lines due to LCR violations. Inadequate sampling procedures and loopholes allowed neighborhoods and communities to suffer the health consequences and financial burden, thus triggering the need

for revisions to the LCR. This new rule will require many utilities to make changes to their current treatment, finished water stability and distribution systems. THE REVISED LCR: PROACTIVE GOALS FOR CHANGE While the LCR has undergone minor alterations since 1991, the final LCR revisions in December 2020 reflect a comprehensive set of changes. The new LCR uses enhanced testing protocols targeting lead service lines, improved tap sampling procedures, expanded testing, and closing of loopholes to speed up finding and removing materials containing lead in drinking water systems. Key LCR revisions include: • Science-based water sampling procedures. • Required testing in schools and childcare facilities. • Establishment of trigger levels for earlier mitigation in more communities. • Closing of loopholes to drive an increased number of full Lead Service Line (LSL) replacements. • LSL inventory of location and materials. • Communications to communities of lead service line locations and sampling results.

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UNDERSTANDING THE CURRENT STATE For water utilities, service providers and municipal authorities, the revised LCR may be daunting. The changes are sweeping and swift. All public water systems must comply with the revised LCR, with timelines dependent on system size and detected lead levels. Revisions to the LCR start the clock for water utilities to reevaluate their existing compliance, improve sampling and collecting representative results, close loopholes that delay improvements, and protect public health for all schools and communities. As the first major change to the rule in 30 years, the revised LCR focuses on proactive measures to identify and mitigate lead materials in water service lines in homes, schools and buildings across the country. Water service providers must develop an effective compliance strategy that balances protecting public health while also addressing economic realities. As a first step, water providers should undertake an honest self-

assessment. Understanding where water operations are currently is a good starting point before moving forward. Water providers should explore questions such as: • Are we sampling at the correct locations to provide meaningful and accurate data that represents actual conditions? • Do we have any issues or violations in meeting current LCR compliance? • What are the maximum lead concentrations in our system and where are they located? • What treatment strategies are in place for finished water stability? • Do we have a program for replacing lead service lines? This self-assessment provides a quick idea of where issues might exist, what information is unknown and what areas of focus are needed. With just five years to comply with the LCR, it is essential to prioritize actions. Assessing existing operations and infrastructure helps identify potential low-cost improvements that can be promptly addressed. It also helps with planning for infrastructure and capital programs.

PREPARING NOW FOR SUCCESSFUL COMPLIANCE Once service providers have a good understanding of the current state of operations, there are systematic actions that can identify and prioritize improvement opportunities within a water system to achieve LCR requirements and optimize cost. PROCESS EVALUATION Evaluation of water treatment processes can identify problem areas that need attention and improvements that may be required. Finished water stability analysis helps to understand the different parameters at play and determine if water quality is precipitating, dissolving, corroding or causing distributed water to be at risk. A process evaluation can also help systems get the appropriate use of existing infrastructure and identify any needed adjustments to improve treatment and achieve water quality goals. CORROSION TESTING Understanding finished water stability is essential for producing high-quality water, from treatment facilities to the customers. The correct corrosion testing protocol,

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CONCLUSION Antiquated distribution and plumbing systems throughout the country will result in the ongoing deterioration of an extensive network of lead service lines requiring attention. While the original LCR may have had good intentions, it was not adequate to protect public health or to address the problem of lead and copper leaching into drinking water supplies. The revised LCR introduces considerable changes to address the risk of lead in drinking water proactively. Water service suppliers must act now to better understand their assets, operations and lead service line infrastructure to develop plans and achieve compliance. This will ultimately help communities reduce the risk of toxic drinking water contaminants. The challenge resides in developing a strategy to achieve these public health goals both effectively and cost-efficiently. BIOGRAPHY Nathan Dunahee, P.E., is a lead process engineer with Burns & McDonnell in its Water Technology Group. Nathan has 18 years of experience in drinking water evaluation, optimization and design.

Nathan currently serves on two of the American Water Works Association’s technical committees that focus on emerging water quality concerns, taste and odor, and optimization. He graduated from the University of Illinois with a bachelor’s in civil engineering and master’s in environmental engineering as a graduate research fellow. Nathan then attended the University of Michigan, where he conducted three years of post-graduate research through the EPA’s fellowship program. ABOUT BURNS & McDONNELL Burns & McDonnell is a family of companies bringing together an unmatched team of engineers, construction professionals, architects, planners, technologists and scientists to design and build our critical infrastructure. With an integrated construction and design mindset, we offer full-service capabilities with offices, globally. Founded in 1898, Burns & McDonnell is 100% employee-owned. For more information, visit www.burnsmcd.com.

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Upcoming Events & Activities

Please visit our website – www.inawwa.org – for details and registration information. Water and wastewater contact hours to be approved by IDEM. Well driller and pump installers to be approved by IDNR, as applicable. Professional Development Hours (PDHs) for engineers are available, as applicable. Other workshops are in the planning stages, so please keep checking our website or call our office at 866-213-2796. If you are interested in conducting or hosting a webinar or workshop, please let us know. September 2, 2021

Southeast District Meeting – Edinburgh, IN

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Work Zone Safety – Jackson County Water, Brownstown, IN

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Water Audit 101 – Columbia City, IN

October 27, 2021

Water Audit 101 – Ferdinand, IN

November TBD, 2021

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Excavation Safety/Competent Person Training – Berne, IN

November 18, 2021

Water Audit 101 – Greenfield, IN

November 30, 2021

Work Zone Safety – Bainbridge, IN

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Water Institute & Equipment Expo, French Lick, IN

April 11-14, 2022

INAWWA Annual Conference – Indianapolis, IN

More workshops are being planned, but not yet confirmed. Please reach out to Monique Riggs (monique.riggs@inawwa.org) with ideas or to host an event.

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