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The Official Newsletter of the Texas Section AWWA • THE Water Professionals

Nuestra fiesta más grande ‘Our bigger party’ – Texas Water 2012SM – returns to San Antonio The Texas Water conference is returning to one of its favorite venues, but this time, it’s bigger and bolder than it’s ever been before. The Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio will open its doors again for Texas Water 2012SM April 10-13. Texas Water was there in 2002 and in 2008, but this time the doors will have to open wider. For one thing, the Exhibit Hall has grown to more than 450 booths, up from __ in 2002. Texas Water brings together, under one roof, goods and services for the water industry for the Largest Regional Water Show in the U.S.TM Texas Water 2012SM features a special headliner at its Opening Session on Wednesday, April 11. State Rep. Allan Ritter, chair of the House Natural Resources Committee, will share his insider’s knowledge of how the next Legislature will look at water issues. The Technical Sessions offering is growing, too. This year’s Program Committee, chaired by TAWWA’s Christianne Castleberry and WEAT’s Phil Spitzer, has added an eighth track of topics on Thursday, April 12. This track is specifically geared toward PLEASE SEE TW12, PAGE 19


Letter from the Texas Section Chair


It keeps getting better!

2 By Dave Scholler

Texas Section American Water Works Association P.O. Box 80150 Austin, Texas 78708 DAVE SCHOLLER, CHAIR 281-558-8700 BRENT LOCKE, CHAIR-ELECT 254-562-5992 CHRISTIANNE CASTLEBERRY, VICE-CHAIR 512-751-9272 RICHARD TALLEY, IMM. PAST CHAIR 817-392-8203

MIKE HOWE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR/ SECRETARY-TREASURER 512-238-9292 FAX: 512-238-0496 E-MAIL: This publication is distributed monthly to the more than 3,500 members and friends of the Texas Section American Water Works Association. Contributing writers can contact the editor: Cliff Avery GCP Association Services PO Box 676 Pflugerville, TX 78691 512-251-8101 FAX: 512-251-8152 e-mail: The publication name, TexasH2O: © 1996-2011 Texas Section - American Water Works Association, Inc. © 2011, Texas Section - American Water Works Association, Inc.


s you are aware, the Texas Water Conference is the largest regional water conference in the country. The only conferences that are larger are ACE, the national AWWA conference, and WEFTEC, the national WEF conference. It seems like we just finished Texas Water 2011SM in Fort Worth, the biggest and best Texas Water to date and set a record for attendance with more than 3,500 attendees. Texas Water 2012SM will be held in San Antonio April 10 through April 13. Even though it is hard to imagine, TW12 promises to be even better.

The conference begins with the Golf Tournament at The Republic Golf Club on Tuesday morning April 10 and officially opens with the traditional Meet & Greet on Tuesday evening April 10 at the Exhibit Hall. Texas State Rep. Alan Ritter, chair of the House Natural Resources Committee, is confirmed to speak at the Opening Session at 9 a.m. Wednesday April 11. Other events include a 5K fun run, full guest program, Water For People Silent Auction, University Forum, Conference Luncheon, Young Professionals and Student Reception, Awards Breakfast, Women of Texas Water Lunch, Gloyna Breakfast and much, much more. The Exhibit Hall is open on Wednesday April 11 and Thursday April 12. There are more than 450 booth spaces and the exhibit hall is sold out with a long waiting list. This is the largest number of booths ever. In addition, Tops Ops, Pipe Tapping, Meter Madness and Operations Challenge competitions will be held in the Exhibit Hall, as well as the Best Tasting Drinking Water, Process Control and Laboratory Events. There have been a record number of abstracts submitted, more than 450. This should make for a very special group of technical sessions covering topics of interest from Asset Management to Zebra Mussels. The sessions will be a total of 2.5 days of peerreviewed training, plus a special session on Thursday April 12 just for operators. A Big NIOSITA Event is planned for Thursday night April 12 at La Villita Maverick Plaza. This event will be a celebration filled with fun, mariachis, food and music in the scenic downtown village along the banks of the San Antonio River. As you can see, there will be something for everyone at Texas Water 2012SM. It is close to home and can’t be surpassed for training, exhibits and networking with colleagues. See you in San Antonio!

The Texas Water Development Board has named Melanie Callahan as Executive Administrator. Callahan has been serving as interim Executive Administrator since March 2011, when former administrator Kevin Ward left to join the Trinity River Authority. Callahan is a certified public accountant with more than 28 years experience in public sector financial management, including accounting, budget and finance. Callahan joined the TWDB in 2001 as director of the Fiscal Services Division and the chief accounting officer, and was named chief financial officer in 2007. In her role as the CFO, Callahan monitored a $3.5 billion debt portfolio, a $5.1 billion loan portfolio, and a $1.2 billion investment portfolio and formulated and managed a $70 million annual operating budget.

In Wyoming case, USEPA links water contamination to oil-and-gas ‘fracking’ The oil-and-gas drilling industry may face increased scrutiny of its hydraulic fracturing — better known as “fracking” — and its effect on drinking water after the EPA linked the practice to contamination of a Wyoming town’s water supply. The announcement of EPA’s draft report in early December followed an investigation in Pavillion, WY, following complaints of private well owners. “EPA constructed two deep monitoring wells to sample water in the aquifer. The draft report indicates that ground water in the aquifer contains compounds likely associated with gas production practices, including hydraulic fracturing. EPA also re-tested private and public drinking water wells in the community. The samples were consistent with chemicals identified in earlier EPA results released in 2010 and are generally below established health and safety standards,” an EPA news release from its Denver office said. EPA released its findings for public comment and will submit them to an independent scientific review panel. EPA was careful to note that its findings only applied to the Wyoming research. “The draft findings announced today are specific to Pavillion,” the release said, “[F]racturing is taking place in and below the drinking water aquifer and in close proximity to drinking water wells – production conditions different from those in many other areas of the country.” At the same time, but separate from the Wyoming inquiry, EPA in Washington, D.C., is finalizing its research plans on fracking. After launching initial research in PLEASE SEE FRACKING, PAGE 18

CENTER STAGE Drought attracts crowd’s attention at TCEQ Environmental Summit TCEQ News Release SCHERTZ – More than 300 Texas legislators, administrators, community leaders, environmentalists, and just plain citizens attended the first Central Texas Environmental Summit held Nov. 3 in Schertz. And although they met to discuss all the environmental issues along the I-35 corridor, two words dominated the discussions: drought and water. Rep. John Kuempel, a sixth-generation Seguinite, kicked off the summit, saying that he was “pleased that the TCEQ recognized the uniqueness of our communities and provided the opportunity today for local individuals to identify important environmental issues, identify solutions, and, most importantly, implement those solutions.” The Central Texas Environmental Summit was spearheaded by TCEQ Commissioner Carlos Rubinstein. In the keynote addresses, Rubinstein told a standing-room-only crowd why he hosted the summit. He talked about El Paso, where the environmental summits PLEASE SEE TCEQ, PAGE 25

As of Dec. 13: Rains put a dent in the drought — “only” 41.3 percent of the state was in the “exceptional” category, down from 86 percent in September.

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Melanie Callahan named TWDB head

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Executive Director Report

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A vibrant transformation By Mike Howe TAWWA Executive Director


tanding in an empty convention center exhibit hall is about as exciting as watching grass grow, or paint drying, or… you get the idea. A big, dark empty warehouse looking space can be pretty underwhelming. Unless you know what will take place in a few short weeks. I was walking through the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio a few weeks ago getting a renewed feel for the space for Texas Water 2012SM. These walk-throughs give me a visual sense of the space as we build towards the conference week. As part of our walkthrough, I stood in the darkened exhibit hall where the 450 exhibit booths would start filling up on April 10. Yes, 450 exhibits, the largest group of exhibitors we have ever hosted for a Texas Water conference. It is always amazing to me that in one short day we are able to transform an empty “warehouse” space into a colorful vibrant destination that will be the center point for the Texas Water conference. This year, as I did last year, I will1 Tweet Hydro Ad-Texas_Layout 4/25/11pictures 9:13 AMduring Page 1setup to see the

remarkable transformation occur: @txawwa San Antonio is such a great place to visit and a big draw for the Conference. I fully expect to exceed our recordbreaking attendance from Fort Worth. And our experienced Local Host Committee in San Antonio is working hard to make Texas Water 2012SM a unique event so the Largest Regional Water Conference in the U. S.TM remains an important part of water professional’s continuing education process. They have some great ideas and plans to make your attendance a “must-do” experience. The Program Committee was swamped with a record number of abstracts this year and their decision process was more difficult than ever before. The Conference Program is one of best yet and will include a special day-long session specifically for water operators. This is a peer-reviewed training event so you know you will see presentations from the top presenters on the most important topics and issues facing our industry. Make your plans now to reserve your hotel room and register for the conference. Complete information and online registration is available at The host hotel is the Hilton Palacio del Rio, located just steps PLEASE SEE HOWE, PAGE 24

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AUSTIN – The irony was that, as the Texas Water Development Board approved the updated version of the state water plan Dec. 15, amid the worst one-year drought on record, it was raining in Austin. Not enough to break the year-long siege, mind you, but enough at least to provide a reminder that it does, sometimes, rain in Texas. The 295-page document said the state should spend $53 billion to build its water supplies over the next 50 years. That’s an increase from the $31 billion for projects listed in the 2007 edition of the plan. Without action, the state faces economic devastation – up to $115.7 billion a year in 2060 losses if a drought-ofrecord hits. By 2060, the population is expected to grow 82 percent, increasing water demand 22 percent. The water supply is projected to drop ten percent. “The primary message of the 2012 State Water Plan is a simple one: In serious drought conditions, Texas does not and will not have enough water to meet the needs of its people, its businesses, and its agricultural enterprises,” board Chairman Edward Vaughan wrote. PLEASE SEE WATER PLAN, PAGE 17

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New TW12 track for operators To encourage participation by water and wastewater operators, a new track has been added on Thursday, April 12 to Texas Water 2012SM at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio. Here are the topics for that track:


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Texas Section members have new opportunities to shine with the addition of awards that will be presented annually at Texas Water conferences. The awards, recommended by the Section’s Awards Committee, were approved by the TAWWA Board of Directors at their Nov. 4 meeting. The new Workforce Development Award will recognize “a utility, agency or company for an innovative and successful program designed to promote workforce development for the utility, agency, company or the water industry in general.” The award supports the Workforce Committee’s efforts to develop a rich talent pool to fill the ranks of the Texas water industry as the baby boomer bulge moves into retirement. New awards will also give Section chapters a chance to show their accomplishments for the year. Chapters may submit in any or all of five categories: Chapter Communication; Community Service; Educational Offerings; Fundraising Efforts; and Membership Recruitments. One-page descriptions are required for each entry. Winning chapters receive $200 prizes. Based on submissions for the five awards, the Section will select the

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Plus+Points give utilities another reason to join AWWA Editor’s Note: Former Section Chair Charlie Maddox is serving as the Section’s Director, the delegate to the AWWA Board of Directors. By Charlie Maddox At a recent Texas Section orientation and planning meeting, the question was posed: “Can anybody explain the Plus+Points system that comes with Utility and Service Provider membership?” Everybody kind of knew the concept but could not give the details. I volunteered to research it and provide an article for TEXASH2O. Truthfully, I said I would first have to learn it before I could write about it. First, let me extol the membership benefits of AWWA for those reading this that may not be members, or you are going to talk with someone about membership. For me, one of the greatest benefits is being around a collegial group that you can learn from and network with. Some other benefits are: AWWA Standards at reduced cost; publications such as the Journal, Opflow and Streamlines; regulatory and legislative alerts; an extensive library and bookstore with manuals, handbooks and special topic resources; access to training, education and conferences; and membership to the Texas Section, AWWA. Whether you are an individual, Utility or Service Provider member, you get these benefits. Now, let’s talk about the Plus+Points system for



Utilities and Service Providers. Plus+Points is AWWA’s customizable benefit program for organizations. Each year, your organization (Utilities Grade 81 and higher and all Service Providers) will be awarded a specific number of Plus+Points based on size and you will spend those points on benefits most valuable to your organization. For example, a utility with 10,001-25,000 connections will receive 250 Plus+Points that can be used to purchase copies of the Standards or selecting individual memberships for employees. The Standards are 75 points each and the memberships are 50 points each. A utility of the size in this example can get one copy of the Standards (75 points) and name three employees (150 points) as individual members. All unused points (25 in this case) do not carry over to the next year. OR, the utility can name five employees as individual members (250 points). The 250 points can be used in any way the utility likes. Similarly for example, a Service Provider Grade 90 (under $1 million in revenue) receives 75 Renewal Plus+Points and can use those points for a membership or Standards subscription. If you are wondering how many Plus+Points you get for your number of connections or Service Provider annual sales, you can find that in Tables 1 and 2 below. Don’t let those Plus+Points go to waste; use them for additional benefits for you and your employees.





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FIRST NAME ______________________________________ LAST NAME _____________________________________ COMPANY ________________________________________ TITLE ___________________________________________ NAME FOR BADGE _________________________________________________________________________________ ADDRESS _________________________________________ MEMBER # ________________________o AWWA o WEF

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o I plan to attend the Women Of Water Lunch (Box lunch ticket required; included in Full Registration or Thursday Only. Or purchase ticket below.) o I plan to participate in the Dodson Drive Fun Run 5K 6:30am WED. 4/12 o * Box Lunch - THURS.


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No refunds will be granted after March 18, 2012. A $60 cancellation fee will be assessed to all refund requests made prior to March 19, 2012. Substitutions allowed. Substitutions may incur a $25 processing fee. All refunds must be requested in writing. Fax refund requests to Cliff Avery at 512-251-8152.

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The highly successful Junior Meter Madness competition will return to Texas Water 2012SM, but could use some help. The Junior Meter Madness Contest matches students from three high school environmental programs – Arlington, Irving and Waco – for a test of their meterassembling dexterity in the TW12 Exhibit Hall from 1 to 2:30pm on Wednesday, April 11. Sponsors are needed to help defray the costs of bringing high school students to the conference for a spirited race to assemble water meters. To cut travel costs, the three programs will have a preliminary competition in Waco. The finalists – as many as six from each school, if finances are available – will travel to San Antonio. The Workforce Committee estimates it will need $3,500 for room and food expenses for finalists. The Junior Meter Madness competition helps introduce students to the water industry and supports school programs that prepare students for earning their water operator licenses. “This is an important step for the students,” said Workforce Committee Chair Glenda Dunn. “Letting them see a Texas Water conference is an opportunity that they have never had before.” Contact her at

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Water Plan

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March 2010, the agency conducted a series of public hearings to receive information from stakeholders and submitted its findings to the Science Advisory Board. EPA plans to make its initial findings public in 2012. “The final study plan looks at the full cycle of water in hydraulic fracturing, from the acquisition of the water, through the mixing of chemicals and actual fracturing, to the post-fracturing stage, including the management of flowback and produced or used water as well as its ultimate treatment and disposal. Earlier this year, EPA announced its selection of locations for five retrospective and two prospective case studies,” the EPA announcement said. A special provision of the Safe Drinking Water Act, passed in 2005, exempts hydraulic fracturing operations from oversight by the EPA’s Underground Injection Control Program, except when diesel fuel is used in the fracking. At the national level, AWWA opposed the exemption. Legislation has been introduced in Congress to repeal the exemption and hold the oil-and-gas industry more accountable. The Fracturing Responsibility and Awareness of Chemicals (FRAC) Act was resurrected after defeat in the previous session of Congress. AWWA’s Water Utility Council discussed fracking at its fall meeting and identified parallel risks – disposal of fracking chemicals that return to the surface, called “flowback”, and disposal of brackish “produced water” that accompanies the recovered oil or gas. The Council’s policy on fracking supports legislative or regulatory provisions which: 1) Ensure that hydraulic fracturing is fully subject to the provisions of the Safe Drinking Water Act and its underground injection control provisions. 2) Ensure that EPA and the states have adequate resources to administer the Underground Injection Control Program. 3) Require the disclosure of chemicals used in a hydraulic fracturing operation to local emergency responders and relevant medical professionals. 4) Provide for the monitoring of underground plumes of chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing if required by the regulating entity. 5) Ensure that all wastewaters from oil and gas production are either a) reinjected underground subject to regulation under the Underground Injection Control Program or b) fully and properly treated as required by the Clean Water Act before disposal at the surface.

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operators, to give them knowledge they need to work at their utilities efficiently. The Local Host Committee, chaired by TAWWA’s Marisa Treviño Vergara and WEAT’s Meagan Brown are pulling out the stops with a special Thursday night event, the Texas Water 2012 Edition of Night in Old San Antonio, nicknamed NIOSITA (nee-o-see-tah). NIOSITA offers a whirlwind celebration bursting with culture, cuisine, and charisma that is patterned after the famous folk festival “A Night in Old San Antonio” (NIOSA) held during Fiesta week, San Antonio’s annual celebration of Texas’ independence from Mexico. Situated just steps from the Palacio del Rio host hotel, La Villita’s Maverick Plaza is the location of the NIOSITA festival. Its quaint walkways, tree-lined plazas, and beautifully restored historic structures welcome visitors from around the world. Kick up your heels to “the Cotton Eyed Joe,” stroll with the mariachis, or admire the Folklorico Ballet. Grab a tasty cheese chalupa or a sizzling beef fajita. Savor a quesadilla, rock with a Maria’s tortilla, or roll with a hot tamale or two. Leave room for dessert and don’t forget about the margaritas and beer! TW12’s NIOSITA supports the activities of the San Antonio Conservation Society, one of the country’s largest and most active preservation organizations. The purpose of the San Antonio Conservation Society is to encourage and fund the preservation of historic buildings, objects, places, and customs relating to the history of Texas, its natural beauty, and all that is admirably distinctive about our state. At the Texas Water NIOSITA, you will have an opportunity to mingle with fellow conference attendees and their families, dance to local music, and welcome the new officers of WEAT and TAWWA. NIOSITA is included with Full Registration for attendees and the Guest Program package, but additional tickets can be purchased through the conference website. To register for Texas Water 2012SM, click to the TW12 website:

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Entry Form ____ Direct

____ Indirect (check one)

___ Large utility (> 50,000 connections) ___ Small utility (<50,000 connections) ___ Large Nonutility (> 100,000 gallons/year saved) ___ Small Nonutility (< 100,000 gallons/year saved) ___ For Reuse Projects only: Please include this submission for consideration for the Bob Derrington Reclamation Award (does not exclude entry from any other award category). _____________________________ Project name _____________________________ Organization name (if applicable) ______________________________ Address ______________________________ City State ZIP Phone: _______________________ Fax: _________________________ Email: _______________________ _____________________________ _____________________________ Words to be engraved on award Please submit four copies of each entry to: Jennifer Douglass Nations, College Station Water Services Department Mail: P.O. Box 9960 College Station, TX 77842 Physical: 1601 Graham Road College Station, TX 77845

Deadline: February 18, 2012 Sponsored by the Texas Section AWWA Water Conservation & Reuse Division

Texas Water Conservation And Reuse Awards

For the 19th year, the Conservation & Reuse Division of the Texas Section, American Water Works Association, will recognize utilities, companies, government agencies, and private individuals who have discovered and implemented methods for better water-use efficiency. Awards will be presented at Texas Water 2012 April 10-13, 2012 at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio. Entries will be judged on innovation, implementation/execution,transferability, and benefits/results. Entries will be evaluated on activities that best support or promote efficient water use. Awards will be presented at the Awards Breakfast on April 12. Winners will be asked to submit pictures or visuals in March for presentation at the awards breakfast. There is a possibility of eight awards plus a special award for water reclamation and reuse projects, the Bob Derrington Reclamation Award for water reuse. Direct programs show quantifiable reductions in water consumption. Indirect programs include education or demonstration projects for which results may not be measured in quantifiable terms. The divisions are• Large utility direct (50,000 or more connections). • Large utility indirect (50,000 or more connections). • Small utility direct (fewer than 50,000 connections). • Small utility indirect (fewer than 50,000 connections). • Large Nonutility direct (more than 100,000 gallons/year). • Small Nonutility direct (100,000 gallons/year or less). • Bob Derrington Reclamation Awards (Does not exclude entry from any other award category). Entries must be received by February 17, 2012. Entries must include this entry form, and a two-page summary. It is requested that supporting material be kept to a minimum. The summaries should include• Description of the project. • Research: Criteria used to determine the need and potential benefits of the project. • Planning: Objectives, strategies, techniques, and resources. • Execution: Implementation, tools, materials, difficulties encountered and overcome, and effectiveness in employing resources. • Evaluation: Results; for direct projects, quantity of water saved, savings in water purchase costs and wastewater fees; conformance to budget; and extent to which objectives were met. For indirect projects, detail on how goals of the program were met, outcomes, and results. Submit four copies of each entry to the address listed at left for the judging committee. For more information, or to request an entry form, contact Jennifer Douglass Nations, 979-764-6223, FAX 979-764-3452, The form is also available at the Texas

Water 2012 website,



WATER REUSE ABSTRACT SUBJECT AREAS Texas WateReuse Association, Water Environment Association of Texas, and Texas American Water Works Association invite you to submit an abstract for the 2nd Annual Texas Water Reuse Conference — co-sponsored by our three associations. INSTRUCTIONS: To be considered for a technical presentation, submit an abstract by FEBRUARY 3, 2012. Abstracts must be one page or less and include the title, author(s), and up to three subject areas selected from the box at right. Abstracts should be submitted to SESSION PROPOSALS: Individuals speakers and organizations may submit proposals for complete sessions (1.0 to 1.5-hour) duration. Session participants will be required to submit manuscripts and PowerPoint files in accordance with the same schedule as individual speakers.



Customer conversion challenges


Conveyance, distribution, and storage system design and operation – including crossconnection control


Operations/maintenance and operator issues


Reuse customer development


Reuse utility development


Provider/distributor responsibility


Funding options for water reuse facilities


Water reuse rate structures

Abstracts due


MARCH 2, 2012

Authors notified


JUNE 1, 2012

Manuscripts due


Membranes, MBR and Satellite plants

JULY 13, 2012

PowerPoint Presentation due


Planning for water reuse

JULY 20, 2012


FEBRUARY 3, 2012

“NO PAPER/NO PODIUM” POLICY: By submitting an abstract, a potential presenter agrees to (1) prepare and submit a manuscript by JUNE 1, 2012, for publication in the conference proceedings; (2) to prepare and deliver an oral presentation at the Conference; and (3) register for the conference by JULY 13, 2012. Speakers using visual aids in their presentations also agree to submit a PowerPoint presentation by JULY 13, 2012. Individuals who fail to submit a manuscript and presentation slides (if used) in a timely fashion will be replaced in the Conference program with an alternate presenter. See the list of important deadlines above. LOCATION: The 2012 Texas Water Reuse Conference will be held at the Hilton Downtown Fort Worth, 815 Main Street, Fort Worth, Texas. Conference is scheduled for 9 am to 4 pm, July 20, 2012.

International reuse case studies


Regulatory, institutional, and legal issues


Sustainability through reuse


Urban reuse – golf courses, parks, landscape, residential


Maintaining reclaimed water distribution quality


Ground water issues and concepts – including aquifer storage and recovery


Indirect Potable Reuse


Potable reuse


Treatment technologies

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION CONTACT: Don Vandertulip Chair, Technical Program Committee Phone: 210.253.2870 e-mail:

Roger Schenk Chair, TAWWA Reuse and Conservation Division Phone: 512. 346.1100

Mike Morrison Chair, WEAT Water Reuse Committee Phone: 512.617.3150

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The TAWWA Customer Service Committee is seeking active members to assist in planning the committee’s annual Customer Service Workshop in August. For more information, contact Committee Chair Carl Carpenter with the City of Carrollton, 972-466-3465 or

General Rules

Watermark awards recognize media, utilities’ communication Has your utility done a good job communicating with the public? If so, you can show the world – or at least the Texas Water community – by entering the annual Watermark competition. Deadline for entries is Jan. 31, 2012, but late entries may be accepted. Contact Public Information Committee Chair Mary Gugliuzza at There are actually two competitions. One is for members of TAWWA and members of the Water Environment Association of Texas. That entry form appears on the opposite page. Another competition is for news media – print, broadcast or Internet – who have communicated on water-related issues. That entry form appears at the bottom of this page. The competition for members is open to any communication in calendar 2011. Larger utilities – 50,000 connections or more – are judged in a separate category. The website category includes all types of on-line content, including postings to Twitter and Facebook. Photographs will be judged in the miscellaneous category, rather than the audio-visual category. A complete set of rules is available on the Texas Water website, In the media competition, utilities may not enter on behalf of the news media. But it’s okay to encourage your local reporters to enter. That’s a good way to strike up a conversation and get the media thinking about water issues.

Watermark Media Entry Form Watermark entry form


Entries must be accompanied by the entry form (or a copy), and must be received no later than Jan. 31, 2012.


Entries must have been produced between Jan. 1, 2011 and Dec. 31, 2011.


Newspaper and magazine entries consisting of a large number of pages should be mounted or bound in a manner suitable for display at Texas Water 2012SM.

Name of Station/Publication _____________________________________________________

Radio and television entries should include the complete script (if a script was used) and a brief summary or outline of the program’s content. Radio entries must be accompanied by an audio audio CD. Television entries must be accompanied by a DVD.

Telephone (____)______________________________ Fax (____)______________________



Only published or broadcast material will be judged.


Paid advertising is not eligible.


TAWWA or WEAT members may not enter for media, but should encourage their local media to enter.


Entrants may submit no more than two entries. Each entrant can receive only one award.


Winners will be announced on or about March 1, 2012. Entries will not be returned.

10. Winners will be recognized during Texas Water 2012SM conference in San Antonio, April 10-13. The awards breakfast is Thursday, April 12 at 7:30 a.m. Judging: Entries are judged based on water interest, accuracy, clarity, style and impact. Judges may be members of TAWWA or WEAT, instructors or professors of communication in accredited Texas schools or members of the publishing and broadcasting fields who are not currently employed by Texas media.

Complete a separate form for each entry. Utilities cannot submit entries on behalf of the news media.

Address ______________________________ City ________________________ Zip________

E-mail Address_________________________________________________________________ Title of Entry _________________________________________________________________ Writer/Producer _______________________________________________________________ Job Title _____________________________________________________________________ Medium:

‰ Print:


‰ Print:






Describe the entry being nominated (use an additional sheet if necessary) ________________ ____________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________ Documentation provided: ‰

‰printed article


‰audio CD


other _____________________________________________________________________

Mail or deliver entry to: Watermark Entry ATTN: Mary Gugliuzza Public Education Section Fort Worth Water Department 1000 Throckmorton St. Fort Worth, Texas 76102

Deadline: January 31 , 2012


Watermark Entry Form Complete a separate form for each entry. Please PRINT. Name of Utility, Company or Agency _____________________________________________________________ Name & title of person entering _________________________________________________________________ Address _______________________________________ City_______________________ Zip____________ Telephone (____)___________ Fax (____)____________ E-mail Address ____________________________________________________________________________ Title of Entry ________________________________________________________________________________ ‰ Utility with less than 50,000 connections

‰Utility with 50,000 or more connections

Member of: ‰ AWWA Member Number _______________


‰ WEAT Member Number _______________

Category: ‰ I. Communications programs: internal campaigns, external campaigns, crisis communications, community relations. ‰ II. Periodicals: magazines or newsletters. 

‰black & white or 2-color


‰ III. Publications: annual reports, annual water quality reports, brochures, direct mail materials and other multi-page publications. ‰black & white or 2-color ‰color ‰ IV. Online communications: Web sites, Facebook, Twitter online newsletters, etc. Provide URL or link: ________________________________________________________ Do not submit copies of pages, judges will review actual online content and your one- or two-page summary. ‰ V.

School curriculums.

‰ VI. Writing releases, features, scripts, speeches, public service announcements, etc. ‰ VII. Audio and visual: videos, DVDs, slide shows, PowerPoint presentations, etc. Videos can be submitted on standard VHS videotape (1/2-inch) or DVD. Slide shows can be submitted by numbering and packaging slides and the script. ‰ VIII. Miscellaneous: photography, logos, one-time advertisements, posters, illustrations, invitations. Mail or deliver entry to: Watermark Entry ATTN: Mary L. Gugliuzza Public Education Section Fort Worth Water Department 1000 Throckmorton St., Fort Worth, Texas 76102

Extra Awards One glass Watermark Award is provided to each winner. Each additional copy is $35. If you win and want additional copies for other team members, you must specify and commit to that cost now. # of Additional Copies: Print Name:____________________________ ______________

Signature ______________________________

For more information, contact Mary Gugliuzza at or (817) 392-8253. Watermark 2012 Award Entry

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away from the Convention Center. Book your hotel online and early: When the Hilton is full, we will list other possible hotels on the website, but we will not have conference rates. Join us April 10-13, 2012 in San Antonio for Texas Water 2012SM, the Largest Regional Water Conference in the U. S.TM You won’t be disappointed.



Austin ∙ College Station Dallas ∙ Fort Worth Frisco ∙ Houston Irving ∙ San Antonio

Finally, as I write this, we just had some measurable rain for the first time in many months. Not drought-breaking, but a relief nonetheless. And, the temperature is cold enough to feel like winter. As nice as it is to get some relief, as we go into the New Year, may it be just cold enough to know it is winter, but not cold enough to cause snow and ice storms, busted pipes and no late-night calls out for repairs. I’ll see you in San Antonio!

Parched City of Robert Lee to receive TWDB assistance The Texas Water Development Board has approved $2,750,000 in financial assistance, consisting of an $825,000 loan and $1,925,000 loan forgiveness from the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund-Disadvantaged Community to the City of Robert Lee (Coke County) to finance water system improvements. The City of Robert Lee made statewide headlines as one of the most dramatic examples of the effects of the 2011 drought. Robert Lee depends on the E.V. Spence Reservoir for its water supply, and the reservoir is at one percent of its capacity. The city will use the TWDB funds to build a 12-mile-long pipeline as an emergency connection to the City of Bronte to obtain emergency water supplies. Minor improvements to the City of Robert Lee Water Treatment Plant are included in this loan to provide adequate disinfection for the emergency supplies received from the City of Bronte. The loan will also provide financing to plan and design solutions to meet the City’s long-term water supply and treatment needs. The planning effort will include drilling test wells for a supplemental groundwater supply. The City is located approximately 30 miles north of San Angelo. The City’s 2010 population was 1,049, and its utility system serves 602 water connections and 470 wastewater connections.

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started 11 years ago. “They were grassroots attempts to let people identify their own concerns, and identify ways that by working together they could fix them. They figured out that if they started out fixing what appeared to be the little problems first, then tackling the bigger problems became even easier.” And today’s problem is the drought. “The drought that we are experiencing today is unlike any drought that any of us has ever seen. It may not be the drought of record yet, but we know it is the worst one-year drought we have ever seen in Texas,” he said. “San Antonio and this area have a remarkable way of dealing with the tougher issues. You have a lot to be proud of; we have a lot to learn from you. No other area of the state has been able to tackle and grasp its water problems better than San Antonio. I think you all lead in that effort.” Rubinstein then introduced San Antonio Water System Pres. Robert R. Puente, who urged water planners to remember that “water planning is not how much water you have, but how much water you have during a drought. The perfect blend for dealing with a drought is a combination of water conservation, managing the water you do have, and diversifying your supply.” San Antonio has planned for the drought and encouraged conservation, he said. In the last 25 years, SAWS’ customer base increased by 67 percent, but the district is still using the same amount of water. He pointed out that San Antonio has the largest direct-recycled water system in the country, serving customers like Toyota and Microsoft. SAWS pumps out excess water from the Edwards Aquifer when permits allow it, and stores it in the nearby Carrizo Aquifer for use during dry times. SAWS has diversified its water supply from neighboring areas, and is building a desalination plant to take brackish water from the Wilcox Aquifer. Summit-goers could attend town-hall meetings featuring senators and representatives, including Sen. Leticia Van de Putte, Rep. John V. Garza, Rep. Doug Miller, Rep. Joaquin Castro, Doug Jones from Rep. Jose Menendez’s office, Rep. Trey Martinez Fischer, and Rep. Ruth Jones McClendon. Attendees also had the opportunity to visit nearly 30 exhibits, presented by numerous state and local agencies, including the Capitol Area Council of Governments, the LCRA, the TPWD, and the Edwards Aquifer Authority. The event was the fourth TCEQ environmental summit held this year. The first was in El Paso on Oct. 7 and was attended by roughly 390 people. TCEQ Chairman Bryan W. Shaw and Rubinstein hosted the event. Hosted by TCEQ Commissioner Buddy Garcia, the second summit was held in Laredo on Oct. 20. Rubinstein and Garcia hosted the third summit in McAllen on Oct. 28, with 210 people attending. Both TCEQ commissioners are from Brownsville and draw on personal experiences in the area to assist Valley leaders.

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Classified advertising MAINTENANCE OPERATIONS CHIEF The Trinity River Authority of Texas, Central Regional Wastewater System Interpret and maintain collection system infrastructure data and inspection reports for 200+ miles of 12” to 110” pipeline of the interceptor system for a 189 MGD wastewater treatment plant. Supervise a work group that performs corrective and preventative maintenance repairs on the infrastructure pipeline. Bachelor Degree required, preferably in engineering. Minimum three years of experience in a related field or two years of experience in a wastewater treatment plant. Minimum two years of experience in a supervisory position. Valid Texas driver’s license. Excellent benefits. Starting salary range of $50,298 - $65,263/year. DOQ. EOE. Pre-employment drug screen. Please call 972-263-2251 to request application or contact us online at FAX: 972-975-4412. TECHNICAL SERVICES ENGINEER The Trinity River Authority of Texas, Central Regional Wastewater System Review and develop flow reports from metering station data for wasterwater interceptor system with 200+ miles of pipeline. Prepare, maintain and interpret historical data and inspection reports for the metering stations. Research, design and supervise the development of the metering process, operation and maintenance of the metering stations and maintain required liaison. Three years of experience in water, wastewater or general civil engineering with supervisory experience. Bachelor of Science in civil engineering or related field. Registered Professional Engineer in the State of Texas desired. TCEQ Wastewater Collection System Class II Certificate of Competency preferred. Valid Texas driver’s license. Excellent benefits. Starting salary range of $53,819 - $69,831/year. DOQ. EOE. Pre-employment drug screen. Please call 972-263-2251 to request application or contact us online at FAX: 972-975-4412.

Reclamation grant deadline Jan. 17 A Title XVI Water Reclamation and Reuse Program grant funding opportunity is now available through WaterSMART. The Bureau of Reclamation is seeking sponsors of congressionally authorized Title XVI projects to request cost-shared funding for the planning, design or construction of those projects. The funding opportunity announcement is available at using funding opportunity number R12SF80050. Through the program, a water reuse project reclaims and reuses municipal, industrial, domestic or agricultural wastewater and naturally impaired ground or surface waters. Reclaimed water can be used for a variety of purposes, such as environmental restoration, fish and wildlife, groundwater recharge, municipal, domestic, industrial, agricultural, power generation or recreation. Proposals must be submitted as indicated on by 4 p.m. MST Jan. 17.

Want to share your event with the Texas water community? Contact Mike Howe, 512-238-9292; fax 512-238-0496. Check the Section’s website — — for the latest information on Section activities.



Texas Section Calendar INFORMATION






Jan. 17

Deadline for Water Reclamation and Reuse Grant (See story, Page 26)

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Jan. 31

Deadline for Watermark Awards (See stories/forms Pages 22-23)

April 10-13

Texas Water 2012SM

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June 10-14


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