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NewsLEAKS OFFICIAL PUBLICATION OF THE INDIANA SECTION AMERICAN WATER WORKS ASSOCIATION

SPRING 2020

COVID-19 Response:

Water Sector Preparation, Vigilance Crucial

INSIDE: Message from the Chair • District Reports • Member Update

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2020 Board of Directors

CHAIR Ed Nugent 800-662-0829 ednugent@utilitysupply.com CHAIR-ELECT Jeff Cunningham 800-255-1521 jeffc@mesimpson.com VICE CHAIR John Crider 260-589-2811 water@cityofberne.com PAST-CHAIR Christopher Harrison 574-267-6232 x3401 christopher.harrison@amwater.com DIRECTOR John Seever 317-465-1507 john.seever@bakertilly.com SECRETARY-TREASURER Wendy Wary 812-925-6213 wendy@townofchandler.org ASSISTANT SECRETARY-TREASURER Neal McKee 765-648-6420 nmckee@cityofanderson.com

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District Reports

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Committee Reports

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Member Update

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Message from the Chair Ed Nugent

Answering the Call

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reetings from an approved social distance somewhere in Indiana. Who would have thought when I received the gavel from Chris Harrison in late January at the Indiana Section AWWA Annual Conference, we would be where we are today? Spring conference cancelled, spring district meetings postponed at best, workshops shutdown, stay at

home orders from Governor Holcomb and Dawn Keyler leaving us to start a new career at M.D. Wessler and Associates. To say the least it has been a very busy and hectic time. Your Association is still working through the details concerning the merger with the Indiana Rural Water Association and are gaining ground every day. Odetta, Monique, MaryJane and Megan are here to

I would like to thank all of the water and wastewater professionals who have answered the call to keep our communities in safe drinking water and safe sanitation. Your efforts have not gone unnoticed and we all appreciate your sacrifices.

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answer your questions or concerns. We all can not wait to get back to business as usual and start setting up meetings, workshops, and expositions. It can’t be understated the disruption this pandemic has caused all of us. But on a brighter note, we have all gotten the opportunity to slow down a bit, hopefully we have been able to refocus on our families, and no doubt have gotten to cross off a lot of the items on our to do lists? I would like to thank all of the water and wastewater professionals who have answered the call to keep our communities in safe drinking water and safe sanitation. Your efforts have not gone unnoticed and we all appreciate your sacrifices. I truly hope my next article will be written while we are experiencing better times. Until then, stay safe, wash your hands often, maintain safe distance between us, and enjoy your captivity.

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Direct from the Director John Seever, Section Director

Getting Through this Together

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pring has sprung and it is a good time to be alive… literally. Well, I thought I've lived long enough to see everything but who would have ever expected a pandemic! AWWA had a special, virtual Board of Directors meeting to discuss ACE20 in Orlando, originally scheduled for June. Unfortunately, the difficult decision was made to cancel the event. The last time ACE didn’t happen was 1945. While the COVID virus is forecasted to be largely contained by June, it was too much to ask AWWA members to plan and travel at a time of national emergency. The AWWA was born out of concern

for public health, and our members are all essential workers in their home communities. Thank you for all you are doing. In the midst of a myriad of other concerns, the public can be reassured that their water is safe and secure! All INAWWA events are in flux, having either been cancelled or postponed. We will resume workshops when practical and District meetings in the Fall. We are closely monitoring Washington to see what actions it will take to ameliorate the financial fallout from the COVID-19 shutdown. It is widely expected that Congress may approve a future round of grant funding for

In the midst of a myriad of other concerns, the public can be reassured that their water is safe and secure!

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infrastructure projects. If so, it is likely that program preference will be given to projects that are ‘shovel ready.’ (The early bird gets the worm.) AWWA staff is endeavoring to move everything practical to an on-line learning platform, notices of which will be provided by email and available on our website. The merger of INAWWA and IRWA was completed February 28 and integration continues to progress. Odetta and staff continue to learn about AWWA practices, and we are all getting accustomed to having more resources. There have been no insurmountable obstacles yet as we continue to focus on the future. We are the Voice for Indiana Water™! I am going long so I will wrap it up. Please be careful. Take care of yourselves and your families. Thank you on behalf of your fellow Hoosiers for your service in our time of need. We will get through this…together!

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District Reports

Central District Josh Castor, Trustee The Central District has been excited about planning our Spring District Meeting. We had 'Big Plans' to host it in Speedway at the VFW, and a follow-up social gathering at the track to watch the cars practice. Then BOOM! Someone might have eaten a bat, and our plans have changed. Central District is now turning our focus on ‘social distancing,' cleanliness, and maintaining a healthy workforce. Our plans for the Spring Meeting are up in the air with the Covid-19 pandemic. We will let everyone know more what the plan will be when this is finally done. Stay safe and happy.

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Northeast District Justin Shaffer, Trustee As I sit here writing this article, I hope it reaches you all in good health during this most uncertain time. With the COVID-19 virus grabbing the news and headlines every day, I trust you are all taking additional measures, whether they be extra precautions or just the most basic part of social distancing. I know that every utility has made some form of change to their day-to-day operations. No riding together in trucks, splitting the work force into different teams, not entering houses or businesses unless it is a dire emergency, face masks, etc. We all have a very important job when it comes to water, the most precious resource we have, and it is very important

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that we stay healthy so that we don’t interrupt our operations. With that being said, I would like to remind everyone in the Indiana Section, not just the Northeast District, to reach out to your neighboring utilities. Check on them and make sure they are doing okay. If you need an extra hand in figuring out a problem, reach out. Everyone has their own new set of protocol and that protocol can work across neighboring communities in the event of a crisis like what we are dealing with. As I wind down this message, I would like to inform you, that the Northeast District has decided to postpone our spring meeting which was to be held

on May 12, 2020. We were planning on meeting at the Parkview Field, once again, for our spring meeting that would be followed up by lunch and a ball game. We had a very good lineup of speakers scheduled to provide you all with the very best information to assist you with your operations as well as get you the CEU’s you need. We are currently taking the guidance handed down to us from the Section as we receive it. We hope to be able to meet at some point in the future, before the fall meeting, but if that option will not work, we are still planning on having our fall meeting this September. Until we meet again, I urge you to stay healthy and safe!

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District Reports

Northwest District Derek Snyder, Trustee The NW District would like to thank all of our member utilities and service providers who have been providing essential services, supplies and life sustaining water to our local communities during the COVID-19 pandemic. While many grocery store shelves were emptied of bottled water,

our public water systems continued to deliver safe water to customers and with the commitment to maintain service regardless of a customer’s current ability to pay. In keeping with our State’s social distancing requirements and restrictions on gatherings, the NW District’s Spring

2020 Meeting has been cancelled. However, please visit the Indiana Section’s website, www.inawwa.org, for current learning resources and updates as we emerge from this crisis. Again, thank you for your steadfast service and hard work to sustain our families and neighbors!

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District Reports

Southeast District Julie Berry, Trustee Like most of our state and national utility organizations, most southeastern Indiana utility offices have locked their front doors, and encouraged virtual meetings and paying bills on-line or in a drop box. However, staff members are hard at work providing the most essential product in the world – Water! Our water and wastewater workers are taking protective measures to keep the world as we know it going. Thank you to each of them.

The SE District had a spring meeting planned for May in Edinburgh, Indiana. This gathering, like all spring district gatherings has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic sweeping our world. This SE District meeting was to have been one of the IDEM regional mandatory meetings for the water audit program requirements. We had a good program planned, and one we will implement soon – or put on a virtual event.

Our regional utility members will need an avenue to get necessary hours for their continued certification. We can all rest easy knowing that the Indiana Section AWWA will find a way for this to happen! Myself, Donna Ennis, Linda Sanders, and Bill Jones (SE District officers) pray for the safety of all our hard-working members getting up every day and getting it done! Be safe!

I have never been in the military, but I admire those who have had the courage to serve. To borrow the slogan from the Marine Corps, we must “Improvise, Adapt, and Overcome.” During the hard times like we are encountering right now, we must focus on our physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual health. It’s tough. Gyms are closed, churches are closed, people have lost jobs, we can’t go visit loved ones like we are used to. We must improvise and

adapt and ultimately, we will overcome. How do the Marines do it? Semper Fidelis, Latin for Always Faithful. We must have faith, not only spiritually but we must have faith in each other. Know that your fellow water and wastewater professionals will always be there for you. If you, your utility, or someone you know needs help, don’t hesitate to reach out. As always, stay safe and take care of your health.

Southwest District Roger Johnson, Trustee The Southwest District was planning on having a great spring meeting at the Patoka Lake Regional Water District’s new facility before everyone was told to stay home or distance yourself from others if you must go out. Hopefully, it will only be a short postponement. Meanwhile, for the essential workers, which is basically everyone who may be reading Newsleaks, the show must go on. We continue to deliver safe drinking water and treating wastewater.

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Committee Reports

Awards Committee Chris Harrison, Chair

WHY DO WE GIVE Why do we give awards! As I write this article, I cannot fathom not recognizing each and every person in our industry. How do we give special recognition to a specific person this YEAR? We all need to be recognized and commended for our hard work during this stressful MOMENT IN TIME. We all work for fulfillment and community. We want to be recognized for our hard work, not just in our wallets, but socially as well. It is our culture. Organizations who recognize this culture tend to be great. Therefore, we give awards! Through the years, working through the district seats and the section chairs, I noticed the strong family-like bond many of our members have throughout the state. These bonds have developed over time built upon common trust and comradery. Our current tremendous awards program is being tweaked to recognize this bond with our awardees not only by their peers but the communities and organizations they serve. Anticipate more engagement at the district level and recognition during the multiple conferences throughout the year. As you are all aware, IRWA brings a long history of award and recognitions into the combined organization. We want to honor this strong history and blend these awards into the INAWWA organization. I myself am an IRWA Small System Operator of the Year awardee and hold several recognitions within the Indiana Section. These recognitions hang proudly in my home and I can’t fathom not passing that recognition forward to the next generation. As you review the list of scheduled awards. Your comments and input are important to me. I appreciate your thoughts and advice moving forward. Thank you for your time!

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SCHEDULED AWARDS: District Level Awards: Water Wheel • Awarded at district fall meeting • Presented at the awardee’s community or organization Prime mover • Awarded at district fall meeting • Presented at the awardee’s community or organization Iron man Award • Awarded at district fall meeting • Presented at the awardee’s community or organization John Hurty Award (IDEM recognition) • Presented at district fall meeting. Bezozzi Youth Grant • Presented at the awardee’s community or organization • Tuesday video presentation Section Level Awards: December Conference Awards: Hoosier Water Award • (joint AWWA/IRWA), Recognition Tuesday Luncheon • Video presentation Operator of the Year! • Small and Large, Water and Wastewater Operator • Recognition Tuesday Luncheon • Video presentation • Protocol on nomination • IDEM review. Bonna Burns Award • April Meeting (Moved to December conference this year) Gambold Education Awards • April Meeting (Moved to December conference this year) Annual Conference: Kenneth G Miller Award • Opening Session – Tuesday Morning

AWWA Hoosier Crew Award • Tuesday Luncheon Wendall LaDue Utility Safety Award • on location • Tuesday Luncheon • Video Presentation George Fassnacht District Award • Tuesday Luncheon • competition between districts John Lechner Award – (MAC) • Tuesday Luncheon • Unless national awardee Silver Water Drop • 25 Years • on location (District) • Tuesday Video Presentation Life Awards • 30 Years • on location (District) • Tuesday Video Presentation Gold Water Drop Award • on location (District) • on location • Tuesday luncheon – if present Indiana Safety • Wheel of Fortune winners • Tuesday Luncheon Wendall LaDue Utility Safety Award • on location • Tuesday Luncheon • Video Presentation Water Wheel Awards • (AWWA Member – 5 years) on location (District) • Tuesday Video presentation AWWA Hoosier Crew Award • Tuesday Luncheon George Fassnacht District Award • Tuesday Luncheon John Lechner Award – (MAC) • Tuesday Luncheon • Unless national awardee Bezozzi Youth Grant • Tuesday Luncheon • Tuesday video presentation Source Water Protection

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Committee Reports

Backflow & Cross Connection Control Committee James Probst, Chair The backflow industry, among others, has long been struggling to find viable candidates possessing proper skill sets matching industry requirements. The unforeseen event of Covid-19 has forced companies to layoff millions of staff, changing the available skilled labor pool virtually overnight. Being as much of an optimist as possible, I am trying to find a silver lining during this life-changing event that we find ourselves in today. Many of the people who were laid off during the Covid-19 event are a result of the ‘Stay At Home Order.’ Unfortunately, many of those laid off will never return

to their previous jobs. The good news for those who were laid off is that many have skill sets that dovetail nicely into our industry, presenting an opportunity for the newly laid off to begin a new career in the backflow industry. The backflow industry is considered an essential business required to ensure the public’s drinking water systems remain protected from contamination. As someone who has hired staff in the previous employment climate prior to Covid-19, finding a qualified person in a niche industry makes it even more challenging. If you are hiring, what are the

The backflow industry is considered an essential business required to ensure the public’s drinking water systems remain protected from contamination.

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best candidates you should seek out? I have found prospective staff members need to have a personality and work ethic conducive to working within the team construct. Also required are the technical skills that fi t well within the multifaceted niche skills of cross-connection control and backflow testing. Finding those skills was difficult to achieve in a weak labor pool because those skills were highly-desired and in great demand. If you are hiring in the position of backflow testing or crossconnection control, seek out those desired skills that translate into team players listed below: 1. Ability to understand and interpret legal rules and regulations 2. Having a knowledge and understanding of fluid hydraulics 3. Mechanical background and understanding of isometric drawings and flow charts 4. Ability to interpret manufacturer specifications on plumbing systems and composite parts 5. Computer skills with the ability to navigate software programs and communicate using email 6. Having the ability to act as a professional and good steward for the promotion on the importance of cross connection control and backflow testing 7. Problem solving abilities 8. Math and writing skills 9. Understanding of basic troubleshooting technics 10. Team player interacting with multiple groups When you think of a cross-connection control program, be aware that it takes a team effort to be effective. Many staff and program components are required to ensure drinking water systems remain protected from backflowing contaminates. A chain is only as strong as its weakest link.

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Committee Reports

Competitions Committee Shaun Shifflett, Chair This year, the Meter Madness Competition winner for the Indiana Section was determined by less than one second. We want to thank all the district contestants and their Utilities for their support: •

George Peterson – Hammond Water

Emily Hobson – Silver Creek

Lorean Johnston – Town of Otterbein

Sam Gillespie – Fort Wayne

Corey Liming – Dubois Water

Justin Shaffer – Monroe Water (last year’s winner)

finals held that evening. During the evening competition, with a winning time of 1 min 30 sec, was team Valpo. Thank you to all the teams and their

respective Utilities for supporting them. Valparaiso was to represent the Indiana Section at the National Hydrant Hysteria competition during ACE20 in Florida.

With a time of 46.91 seconds, winning this year from the Northeast District, was Sam Gillespie. We want to also thank Mueller Meter for supplying this year’s meters. Sam was to represent the Indiana Section at the National Meter Madness competition during ACE20 in Florida. Hydrant Hysteria rolled into its 3rd year, with four teams. Cities represented were: •

Valparaiso Jerrin Ringle Nick Miller Coach Mark Geskey

Columbus Gary Wheeler Jason Austin Coach Logan Lowe

Fort Wayne Mike Buffenbarger Ross Gillespie Coach Herb Banks

Carmel (last year’s winner) Shawn Cooksey Matt McNulty Coach Mike Luper

Wednesday afternoon all four teams competed in the preliminary rounds. Valparaiso and Fort Wayne pulled out tight wins advancing them to the

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Committee Reports

Districts Committee Tim Hill, Chair Thank you, everyone, for your hard work to keep the water flowing! The AWWA district meetings are on hold for now. There are some things more important than the meetings – the safety and the well-being of all of you! We will try and have district meetings after we are assured it is safe to do so. We will miss the time together, the laughs and the learning that take place at the meetings. We are all learning what is really important – family, friends and our health!

We are planning for the fall meetings. These are the dates as of now, but they are subject to change. In the meantime, stay tuned and be safe! • Southwest District – September 2, 2020 • Southeast District – September 3, 2020 • Central District – September 11, 2020 • Northeast District – September 17, 2020 • Northwest District – September 18, 2020

Golf Committee John Crist, Chair At this time, the 24th Annual Indiana Section AWWA Golf Outing is on! Save July 29 on your calendar for this year’s golf outing to be held again at Eagle Creek Golf Course.

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Your involvement will help bring water and sanitation services to millions worldwide through the Water For People organization AND help new Indiana water and wastewater utility operators obtain

their licenses through the One AWWA Operator Scholarship. If you have not received information on the outing, you can learn more at www.inawwa.org and register online. Limited tee times are available so get them in early! Fortunately, golf is an activity we can still enjoy outdoors while practicing social distancing. If your course is still open, here is a few timely tips from an Indy golf pro… • Book your tee time and pay online. • If you pay at the course, use a credit card. • Walk. If you must ride, one person per cart if the course allows. • Take advantage of gimme’s so there is no reason to touch the cup or flag. • If bunker rakes are still present, leave it and smooth the sand surface with your feet. • Maintain your 6’ spacing between players and don’t touch other golf balls. • Consider adding a small bottle of hand sanitizer for your bag.

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Committee Reports

Operator School Committee Chris Johnsen, Chair I am very excited to be the new Chair of the Operator School Committee. Kirk Kuroiwa has worked hard over the last five years as Chair of the committee, ensuring that there were qualified and quality instructors for the operator schools and navigating the changes in the drinking water license testing procedures. As I start to take the reins, I would like to thank Kirk for his hard work and dedication, and I look forward to working with him and the rest of the committee to improve the value that Operator School brings to the Section membership. As a committee, we will be reviewing the entire structure of the Operator School program for the future. Some of the possibilities we will explore include increasing course offerings to different times and locations around the state and investigating the use of technology to more conveniently deliver training to members. We will also partner with

the Education Committee to expand and improve educational opportunities. As you probably know, the COVID-19 pandemic response has resulted in a shut-down of the IVY Tech testing centers and IDEM is working on addressing the testing issues. At this time, we are still planning to schedule the Operator School to begin in August. As we move through this pandemic,

we will be sure to communicate any changes. The details for the 2020 Operator School will be announced in early June. At this time, there are no significant changes planned. If you are interested in serving on the operator school committee, or you have suggestions on how we can better serve, please contact me at cjohnsen@mcwaterdept.com.

Safety Committee Mark Geskey, Chair Hello to all, my name is Mark Geskey and I am the new Safety Committee chair. I succeed Lou Townsed who did an excellent job. Thanks Lou. I am writing my first article while being quarantined due to COVID-19. The world seems so different now with everything being closed, people not working, everyone wearing masks and gloves, and not knowing when this will end. God Bless all of the front-line workers and all others who keep this great nation going. We did have a great conference in January and had multiple winners at the Safety Wheel. This year we gave away three Carhart spring/fall jackets for the

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God Bless all of the front-line workers and all others who keep this great nation going. big prize. The winners were Wendi Sexton, Sam Cillespie, and Hannah Gladdish. The Safety Committee is always looking for new faces to be on the committee so if this is something you would like to donate a little time to please contact me. Check out our link at: www.inawwa.org/about-us/ committees/safety.

We are planning on meeting early summer and putting together a workshop for late summer or fall. If you have an idea on a workshop that is needed, please let me know and we will see if we can accommodate that. Remember: stay safe out there and wear your PPE.

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Committee Reports

Silent Auction Committee Judy Gripp, Co-Chair The Silent Auction/Raffle was a great success again this year! We raised $6,170.00 after expenses, for Water For People! A big thank you to everyone who contributed to this success by donating items and cash. Special thanks to all Districts for participating in the auction challenge! We greatly appreciate all the work that went into your contributions

to the event. This year, the Southwest District’s Golf package brought the highest bid. We could not have been successful in our efforts without you! There were so many wonderful items contributed. Sporting events were popular items as was the speaker donated by Klipsch Group. It was a fun mix of great items.

Thank you.

Committee members Carla Mann of MS Consultants and Teresa Kirkbride of Lochmueller Group both did a great job in making the event possible. Also, many thanks to Sarah Hudson for her help and guidance, we will miss her next year. To everyone who bid this year we thank you as well and hope to see you and your bids next year!

Small Systems Committee Bryan Forkner, Chair InAWWA’s Small Systems Committee continues to focus on our mission of serving and educating small to medium utilities and training associated with water treatment and utility management. It is the intent of our Committee to facilitate and empower utilities to become effective stewards of our water resources. Our next issue of ‘FYI-Small Systems’ will be coming out in May. If you are not currently receiving this twice per year 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) – click on the ‘Resources’ tab.

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Our Small Systems Committee will help facilitate an EPA Grant workshop Area 1 this year - the workshop date and time to be announced. Indiana RCAP will be providing the instruction for the day. This will be a FREE workshop with approved CEU’s for Operators. Our Operator Boot Camp will be held on August 12, 2020 at the Miami County Fairgrounds in Peru once again. We are also working with the InAWWA Education Committee and InAWWA Safety Committee to have some workshops across the state. Additionally, we will help facilitate a USDA Grant workshop (date and time to

be announced) which will focus on systems serving 2,500 or less. This will be our second year working with the USDA. Your Small Systems Committee is looking for workshop ideas or other initiatives to help small systems. As always, we would love to know your ideas on how we can better serve you and/or topics you would like to see addressed in our newsletter or a workshop setting. Feel free to contact any of our Small Systems Committee members (www.inawwa.org/about-us/committees/ small-systems) with your thoughts and ideas.

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Committee Reports

Source Water Protection Committee Katie Jamriska, Chair Protecting drinking water at its source is one of the critical first steps in the process to treat and deliver high quality drinking water to customers. Source water protection (SWP) programs take many forms, such as spill prevention and response planning, stakeholder education, coordination with upstream point source dischargers, and addressing upstream non-point sources. This newly formed committee is working to develop opportunities to educate utilities, stakeholders, and the public on the various aspects of source water protection. Currently, the committee is working with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to fund conservation programs to protect drinking water sources. The 2018 Farm Bill pledged 10% of their budget for source water protection initiatives across the United Sates and the committee wants to see to it that Indiana gets a share of this money to protect our sources of supply. To attain this goal, we are starting with educating state decision makers like the USDA and the State Department of Agriculture on the importance of source water protection.

Due to the cancellation of our Spring Conference, a Source Water Protection Symposium in June has been planned. This Symposium will include presentations by the USDA and a farmer who has utilized Farm Bill funding to protect water sources. Additional information on the symposium will be available soon. While Farm Bill funding is the committee’s priority right now, we also have plans to develop resources for utilities to use to educate businesses, industries, and citizens within their wellhead protection area. As there is not a one size fi ts all approach to source water protection, we are working towards a diverse set of resources so each utility can pick and choose what works best for them. The SWP committee is seeking dedicated committee members interested in developing and implementing SWP programs throughout Indiana. Interested parties should contact committee chair Katie Jamriska at katherine.jamriska@amwater.com to request an invitation to the group.

Technical Program Committee Cara Lance-Emerick, Chair

2021 ANNUAL CONFERENCE – CALL FOR ABSTRACTS On behalf of the Technical Program Committee, I would like to thank all the speakers who volunteered to present at the 2020 Annual Conference! We received a lot of positive feedback about the program and we couldn’t have done it without you. The 113th Indiana Section AWWA Annual Conference will be held on February 1 – February 4, 2021 at the Indianapolis Marriott Downtown. The Technical Program Committee is now accepting abstracts for presentations.

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The deadline for submitting abstracts is September 25, 2020. The criteria for selection include originality, content and value to our membership. Abstracts 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. Instructions for both the abstract and biography can be found www.inawwa.org/ events/annual-conference/abstractsubmittal-form.

Per usual, the operator and utility personnel presentations are very popular! Case studies and panel discussions are welcome. Presentations should be 30-60 minutes in length including time for Q&A. Abstracts and presentations will be reviewed by the Technical Program Committee. If you have any questions please contact Cara Lance-Emerick at 574-315-2752/caral@mesimpson.com or Jeff Cunningham at jeffc@mesimpson.com. Thank you, we’re excited for another excellent INAWWA conference!

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Committee Reports

Water For People Committee Emily Nelson, Chair The Indiana Section AWWA Water For People Committee would like to recognize and thank Sarah Hudson for her hard work over the last several years as committee chair! Under Sarah’s leadership, the Indiana Section has maintained its Number 1 position as the highest fundraising committee! The Indiana Section donated nearly $162,000 to Water For People in fiscal year 2019. Sarah – your work is appreciated, and we look forward to keeping you involved as much as possible!

For those of you who may not know, Water For People has been addressing water, sanitation, and hygiene issues long before a global pandemic has drawn attention to them. Nearly 1 in 3 people lack access to safe water. And 1 in 2 people do not have a safe toilet. Water For People is helping to address these needs in 9 countries. People in these communities are also learning better hygiene practices, the importance of which has been highlighted worldwide by the spread of COVID-19.

Water For People would like to share the following message with all donors and friends: Now that handwashing is headline news, as a nonprofit that works to deliver reliable water service and to educate about good hygiene practices – especially handwashing – we wanted to thank you for supporting this important work. When hygiene hits this close to home, it makes us even more grateful for our donors and supporters. You are the reason we can continue to make positive impacts on hygiene habits for hundreds of thousands of people across nine countries around the world. Thank you. The Indiana Section AWWA Water For People Committee is planning to hold several fundraising events in 2020. Our event planning committees are currently evaluating options for converting some events to virtual fundraisers. Upcoming 2020 Events: • Wine into Water – St. Joe Farm, Granger, IN To be rescheduled • IN AWWA NE District Sunset Cruise in Syracuse – Syracuse, IN July 18, 2020 • Golf Outing – Eagle Creek Golf Club, Indianapolis, IN July 29, 2020 • Run for World Water – Downtown Canal, Indianapolis, IN August 22, 2020 • Concert in Evansville – Victory Theater, Evansville, IN September 24, 2020 • Water Buffalos – Ride with Purpose, Ride to ACE21 in San Diego June 2021

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Committee Reports

Young Professionals Committee Natalie Gustafson, Chair The Young Professionals (YP) Committee kicked off 2020 with our annual YP Meet and Greet, presented by Arcadis, at Loughmiller’s Pub in downtown Indianapolis prior to the 2020 Indiana AWWA Annual Conference. We had a great turnout at the event, as YPs had the opportunity to network with one another, other industry professionals, including numerous leaders from the AWWA at both the Section and Association levels. Thank you to our generous sponsors for making this event possible year after year. At the INAWWA Annual Conference, we had the pleasure of hosting four student teams from Purdue University and University of Notre Dame for our annual Fresh Ideas Poster Competition. All student teams had their posters on display during the first day of the conference and gave outstanding presentations on current water issues. The student team consisting of Anne Hays and Connor Keaveney of Purdue University were to represent Indiana during ACE20 to present their poster, entitled ‘CommunityScale Water Treatment Systems in the Dominican Republic’ at the national Fresh Ideas Poster Competition. As the COVID-19 pandemic situation continues to evolve, our committee is first and foremost committed to keeping our members safe and healthy. That being said, we do not currently have in-person events planned in the near-term, but look forward to gathering again for technical presentations, volunteer events, student chapter events, and networking events once it is safe to do so. As a joint committee with the Indiana Water Environment Association, student teams from the University of Notre Dame and Purdue University are competing to represent Indiana at the Water Environment Federation’s Technical Exhibit and Conference (WEFTEC) later this year. YPs will have the opportunity to listen to the students’ presentations

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virtually in late April, and select a team to send to WEFTEC. The event was planned to be in-person in Madison, Wisconsin in early April, but was moved online amid the COVID-19 pandemic. We look forward to hearing about the students’ wonderful work as we are exceedingly impressed by their creativity and dedication to their projects. Our Committee is in the beginning stages of developing a mentor program that would allow a YP to pair up with a more seasoned professional to provide

another trusted advisor as the YPs navigate their career in the water industry. If this program is of interest to you as either a YP or a seasoned professional, please reach out to Natalie Gustafson at the email listed below. If you are interested in joining or learning more about the Young Professionals Committee and are under 35 years old or have been in the industry for 10 years or less, please reach out to Natalie Gustafson at ngustafson@greeley-hansen.com.

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Member Update

New Members Erich Nugent, Chair During December, January, February, and March the Indiana Section added: 25 – Individual Members 12 – Additional Active Members 9 – Named Representatives 6 – Operations/Administrative 3 – Students 1 – NEW Utility for a total of 57 new members this quarter!

INDIVIDUAL MEMBERSHIPS Jeremy Roschyk – Donohue & Associates, Inc. Bob Gertzen – Utility Services William Barker – Barker Katie Dziepak – Black & Veatch Ashley Ditchcreek – M.E. Simpson Company Benjamin Heckard Miranda Braun – Fort Wayne City Utilities Whitney Weidenbenner – Wessler Engineering Brian Logan – Bastin Logan Water Services, Inc. Jaime Shields – Engineered Solutions Midwest, Inc. Eric Woodmansee Kari Bennett – Aqua Indiana Dan Davis – 39 Degrees North John Burgelin – Flies & Vandenbrink Lores Steury – City of Bloomington Utilities Jason Wenning – City of Bloomington Utilities Brad Coomer – City of Huntingburg Wastewater Joshua Chapman – Triad Associates Joshua Halon – Aqua Indiana Bopscoe Wilhite – Evansville Water & Sewer Utility Ella Johnson-Watson – Evansville Water & Sewer Samantha Stewart – Evansville Water & Sewer Utility Logan Guffey – Evansville Water & Sewer Utility Charles Harrell – Spring Valley Reg. Water District Robert Sanders

Indiana Section Membership Snapshot as of 3/20/20

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ADDITIONAL ACTIVE MEMBERSHIPS Caleb Osborne – Town of Morristown David Mohler – American Structurepoint, Inc. Ryan Mayer – Evansville Water & Sewer Utility Justin Schneider – Indiana American Water Mary Austin – Clark Dietz, Inc. Jeffrey Henkle – American Jake Ockomon – Anderson Water Plant Matthew Fedor – Anderson Water Plant Austyn Smedberg – Fort Wayne City Utilities Ali Roach – 120WaterAudit Brody Lynn – Fort Wayne City Utilities Jimmy Griffith – Greenfield Water Utility NAMED REPRESENTATIVE MEMBERSHIPS Andrew Lyons – Lawrenceburg Municipal Utilities Bob Neth – Evansville Water & Sewer Utility Beth Pishkur – Michigan City Dept. of Water Works Theresa Simmons – Windfall Water Dept. Steve Pridemore – North Lawrence Water Authority Cody Shoopman – Town of Rockville Tamara Caton – Seelyville Water Ryan Bischoff – Brookville Utilities Greg Parrish – Long Beach Water Department OPERATIONS AND ADMINISTRATOR MEMBERSHIPS Shawn Phenis – City of Fountain City Liberty Flora – City of Bloomington Utilities Brian Pullia – Town of Dyer Samantha Mitchell – Montezuma Municipal Utilities Scot Osborn – Indiana University- Utilities Division Lawrence Haag STUDENT Ethan Edwards – Purdue University William Unrue – Indiana University Allison Atkinson – Abonmarche NEW UTILITY MEMBERSHIP North Lawrence Water Authority Please join me in welcoming these newest members to AWWA and the Indiana Section! Utility Memberships – 192 Individual Memberships – 1,066 Service Providers – 17 Total Section Membership – 1,275

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Awards

George Warren Fuller Award Alan Wiseman, Chair Congratulations to our 2020 George Warren Fuller Award Recipient Randy Russell! Selecting the recipient of the coveted George Warren Fuller Award is a daunting task, given the host of qualified professionals who contribute their time and talents – many for decades – to the success of our Indiana Section. This year’s Fuller Award recipient, Randy Russell, is an exceptional awardee. Randy’s water career begins as a teenager, cutting grass for the Michigan City Dept of Water Works where he gains a thorough understanding of the water utility by working in numerous positions and is promoted to water superintendent in 1986. During his career at Michigan City, Randy championed the need to “systematically address the community’s aging water infrastructure.” Over the last 30 years, he has been the driving force behind the planning and completion of multiple major renovation and replacement projects. Today, Michigan City has earned a Class I Water Supply rating from the Insurances Services Organization and the community enjoys some of the lowest water rates in the State, owed much to his effective plant management and leadership skills.

Throughout his career, our awardee has been an active member in our association. Under his management and by his personal example, he always encouraged his personnel and board members to be active association members. Through the years, he served on numerous Section committees and contributed his leadership skills as a district officer, education committee chair and as the Indiana Section’s vice-chair, chair-elect and chair. He is a past recipient of our Water Wheel Award in 1999 and our Hoosier Crew Award in 2013. Our awardee also has served in the leadership of the West Shore Water Producers Association and received their prestigious Emmett Sutliff Award.

And if all of that was not enough to keep him busy, during the past decade our awardee earned a bachelor’s degree in business management. The people who live, work and drink water in his utility’s extensive service area – whether they know it or not – have benefi ted immensely from his years of caring, dedicated public service. Randy’s wife, Pat; daughter, Abby (and Kevin) ; son, Robert (and Shaye); Larry Jordan (long-time board member and past-President of the utility board), along with a host of other family members and friends from the Michigan City area were on hand when he received the Fuller Award during the recent annual conference in Indianapolis.

for long-serving public water utility employees; therefore, the Indiana Section administers the John N. Hurty Service Awards. Please review your records and advise your staff that they may qualify for the John N. Hurty Award. The Conditions Governing Presentation of the Award can guide you in those qualifications. The employee’s name, date of employment, years of employment, utility

(and contact information) and Indiana Section AWWA district are needed. Please submit this information, on the application form provided, to the Indiana Section AWWA or to Jeremy Beckner at waterstreet@ townofwinamac.com, no later than June 1 of each year. Nominations received after June 1 will be put on the list for the following year, unless the nominee has 30 plus years of service.

Hurty Awards Jeremy Beckner, Chair Each year the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) presents the John N. Hurty Service Awards to individuals having 25 years or more of service with one or more Indiana public water utilities. These awards are presented at the Indiana Section AWWA Fall District Meetings. The Indiana Section Executive Board feels that these service awards continue to be a valuable recognition

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Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM)

Indiana Section

John N. Hurty Service Awards 2020 Utility: Address:

Telephone: Fax: Contact Person: Email Address: IN Section AWWA District:

Hurty Award Recipient(s) Name

Date of Service

Years of Service

Date of Birth

(If needed, place additional names on a separate page.)

Please return to: EMAIL Jeremy Beckner watrestreet@townofwinamac.com and/or Megan Fleming megan.fleming@inawwa.org

MAIL Indiana Section AWWA Attn: Hurty Awards 2680 East Main Street, Suite 106 Plainfield, IN 46168

FAX 866-215-5966

If you have any questions of comments, please give us a call at 866-213-2796.

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Water Utility Council Scott Miller, Chair

WUC Update

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hope this ďŹ nds you safe and healthy and adapting to our new lifestyle. I also hope that by the time you read this we will be nearing an end to our enforced social distancing. Though it seems a lifetime ago now, the Water Utility Council (WUC) met just a little over two months ago at the start of the INAWWA Annual Conference on January 27 to review and discuss proposed legislation pending before the Indiana General Assembly during the 2020 session. This was a short legislative session that became a whirlwind of activity with several utility-related bills under consideration. Two bills that were ultimately signed by the Governor, HEA 1131 and HEA 1165, may require

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some members to adjust their internal procedures. House Enrolled Act 1131 mandates that municipal utilities must follow the rules promulgated by the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission for water and sewer main extensions. House Enrolled Act 1165 prohibits a municipal water utility from imposing a requirement on a property owner to ensure the creditworthiness of a tenant occupying the property or a requirement to accept responsibility for charges incurred by the tenant occupying the property by cosigning an agreement for service. WUC also continued to be part of a broad coalition that includes American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC), Accelerate Indiana Municipalities (AIM), and the ductile

iron pipe industry to argue against the need for legislation that would result in a mandate to use PVC piping on public works projects. WUC again closed the Annual Conference by hosting a legislative and regulatory focused session on Thursday, January 30. After a special welcome from Speaker of the House, Representative Todd Huston (R-Fishers) a distinguished panel comprised of Representative Ed Soliday (R-Valparaiso), IDEM Commissioner Bruno Pigott, Dr. Jack Wittman, Sarah Hudson and Shannon Stahley discussed pending legislation, the importance of data in the utility industry, and regionalization among other items. The WUC will meet again around the time of the summer golf outing.

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COVID-19 Response: Water Sector Preparation, Vigilance Crucial

By American Water Works Association

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The water sector’s emphasis on preparedness for emergencies and risk will be especially useful as the current global coronavirus outbreak (COVID-19) continues to escalate. According to preliminary results from an AWWA member survey (see full graph), absenteeism and continuity of operations are the major areas of expected challenges from COVID-19 for water utilities. Other concerns include impacts on field operations and interruptions of treatment chemical supply chains. Water utilities and other service providers continue to carry out their day-to-day responsibilities of providing safe and reliable water and sanitation services to communities, many with detailed emergency preparedness plans already in hand. “As stewards of public health and the environment, water professionals are well versed on managing risks associated

Preliminary results of AWWA member survey (As of March 11, 2020).

with protecting the water supply and planning for routine and extreme incidents. The coronavirus situation creates potential workforce and supply chain issues relative to utility continuity of service,” said Kevin Morley, federal relations manager with the American Water Works Association (AWWA). “Thanks to the work that utilities are doing to comply with section 2013

of America’s Water Infrastructure Act of 2018, the sector is already in the process of reviewing threats that could impact utilities operation and adjusting emergency response plans as appropriate,” he added. “AWWA has supported this readiness by providing a Utility Risk and Resilience Certificate Program and many other resources.”

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COVID-19 is a serious challenge, and water utilities should be prepared to communicate with their community the actions they are taking to sustain operations. The COVID-19 virus has not been detected in drinking-water supplies and based on current evidence, the risk to water supplies is low. Conventional water treatment methods, which include disinfection with oxidants like chlorine, are effective for inactivating COVID-19. The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommends that Americans continue to use and drink tap water as usual.

Actions for water utilities to consider: • Review ability to implement workforce contingency to sustain operations, which may include housing staff on site or modifications to typical shifts, including communication with staff on expected roles and responsibilities.

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Coordinate with local public health officials to ensure utility workforce has access to facilities and can make necessary repairs to distribution or collection systems if travel restrictions are imposed in a community. Communicate frequently with suppliers of essential treatment chemicals and supplies. Communicate with your customers about the safety of the water supply per EPA and CDC guidance. Consider alternative payment methods for typical face-to-face transactions with customers. Consider postponing customer shut-offs to sustain hygiene and sanitation during the outbreak.

Other sources of guidance particular to COVID-19 include: • AWWA’s coronavirus resource page

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EPA’s COVID-19 resource page for drinking water, wastewater and disinfectants CDC’s resource page about water transmission and COVID-19 The World Health Organization’s March 3 technical brief on water, sanitation, hygiene and waste management Occupational Health and Science Administration (OSHA) guidelines for COVID-19 control and prevention The US Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency’s materials on impacts to critical infrastructure from COVID-19 The Water Environment Federation’s field guide for water professionals on COVID-19 The Water Research Foundation’s update on coronavirus research

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