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July/August 2012

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

AWWA rocks out to welcome Anderson Texas's Charlie Anderson takes reins of international organization By Cliff Avery TEXASH2O DALLAS - As he took the reins of AWWA, longtime Texas Section leader Charlie Anderson called for the development of a new way of doing business for the 131-year-old organization. “I intend to devote my leadership energy to one new thing,” Anderson said as he accepted the gavel June 13 during ACE in Dallas, recalling the movie City Slickers and the advice of the old cowboy Curly. “Curly understood that the secret of success is to focus your energy on one thing that you enjoy and that you know CONTINUED PAGE 18  ANDERSON The Texas Section of AWWA hosted a reception honoring new AWWA President Charlie Anderson's induction at the AWWA Annual Conference and Exhibition (ACE) in Dallas. Anderson is the second Texan to lead the organization in the 21st Century. Clockwise from far left: Rhonda Harris of CH2M Hill and her husband Paul Roach of CP&Y; former AWWA President Katie McCain and Dallas Water Utilities Director Jody Puckett; AWWA President Charlie Anderson; former AWWA Vice President Mari Garza-Bird of CDM Smith, Section Vice Chair Alissa Lockett of SAWS and Lauren Maneau of CP&Y; Texas Section leaders Dave Scholler (with wife Melanie), Richard Talley and Bill Smith (with wife Beth).


Letter from the Texas Section Chair


By Brent Locke

Texas Section American Water Works Association P.O. Box 80150 Austin, Texas 78708 BRENT LOCKE, CHAIR 254-562-5992 CHRISTIANNE CASTLEBERRY, CHAIR-ELECT 512-751-9272 ALISSA LOCKETT, VICE-CHAIR 210-233-3401 DAVE SCHOLLER, IMM. PAST CHAIR 281-558-8700

MIKE HOWE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR/ SECRETARY-TREASURER 512-238-9292 FAX: 512-238-0496 EMAIL: 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 email: The publication name, TexasH2O: © 1996-2012 Texas Section - Amercian Water Works Association, Inc. © 2012 Texas Section - American Water Works Association, Inc.


Summer Roundup

e have made it to “hot summertime” again. For most of us living east of Interstate 35, we enter this summer in a much better position, looking from an available water supply perspective. I do realize this is not a true statement for all of us, even in this great state. From my east-central area perspective, we have been greatly blessed with rain, especially when you consider that, as I write this, 63.5 percent of mainland America is experiencing drought. In fact, our current national condition is quickly becoming the highest percentage of drought conditions since the 1950s. Conserving our precious water continues to be a critical part of managing all systems everyday. I hope you took the opportunity to travel to “Big D” to attend ACE 2012. I thought the conference was a totally wonderful experience. The highlight for most of us from Texas came on Wednesday evening. The event I am referring to was the gavel exchange and Presidential reception. This event saw our own Charlie Anderson accept the gavel as incoming President of AWWA. It did not take long into his acceptance speech to be assured Charlie Anderson and the future of AWWA will be focused on adding better value to you — its members. I would like to encourage all members to support our Association President in every way possible. If you have thoughts or ideas on how our Association could better serve you, please take the time to drop Charlie an email and offer your perspective on our great Association. The future requires associates to see the benefit of being a member of the organization that continues to be the authoritative resource on safe water. Be active and help AWWA identify ways for it to be even more responsive to your needs. I believe Charlie’s commitment, leadership and drive for excellence will lead our Association very successfully. By the time the gavel leaves his hands next year in Denver, we will be a far better Association because of his service, your input and all our commitment. Please remember to add to your calendar “Texas Water 2013” April 9-11. This year we will be in Galveston on the bay! As you finalize your next year’s budget, make sure to plan for your attendance at the biggest water event in Texas. See you there!

TCEQ discusses lessons learned from drought at TXWARN Boot Camp

SAN ANGELO — As the drought loosens — however slightly — its grip on Texas, utilities may wish to review their rate structures to assure that they can survive the next dry spell. That was one of the “lessons learned” that the TCEQ’s Alexander Hinz shared with participants as he discussed the drought at a TXWARN Boot Camp here July 11. Even though much of the state remains dry during the summer of 2012, the severity is less than 2011, which went into the record books as one of the hottest and driest years. This year, on July 31, only three-quarters of one percent of the state was marked as “Exceptional Drought,” the worst level assigned by the U.S. Drought Monitor. A year earlier, 75 percent of the state was at that level. As the drought worsened last year, TCEQ classified drinking water systems as “at risk” when they had a water supply that would last 180 days or less. As more and more utilities were determined to be “at risk,” the state formed the Emergency Drinking Water Task Force,

comprised of the TCEQ, TWDB, Division of Emergency Management and the Texas Department of Agriculture. “The task force involves all agencies who have a role in providing water and in drought response and is a coordinated Alexander Hinz, left, of TCEQ joins other participants at the TXWARN Boot Camp held July 11 in San Angelo. They are: effort to manage a Charlotte McElwaine, City of Sonora; Dale Weaver, Brown carefully planned, County Water District; Filemon Garza, City of Sonora; John Allen, Brown County Water District; Eddie Roberts, City of coordinated, swift Robert Lee; Robert Baze, TBWS; Robert Silva, City of Marfa; response to and TAWWA Executive Director Mike Howe, administrator of drought,” Hinz said. TXWARN. Hinz, with the after “lots of rain” — that utilities Water Supply Diviemployed were drilling another well, sion of the TCEQ’s Public Drinking extending surface water intakes into Water Section, said that during the deeper waters and interconnecting 2011 drought, the most common with neighboring systems that had drought-related problems were better supplies. decreased groundwater production Except for rain, the remedies all as aquifers lowered, decreased lake cost money. Utilities need to conduct levels for surface water systems, the financial planning and structure their impact of evaporation and finding rates so that, when times get drier, funding for solutions. they will have the resources they need “Evaporation and locating to keep water flowing to their funding sources, are less obvious customers, he said. issues; however, these are equally important,” he said. The most common remedies —

AWWA, WEF explore further collaboration DENVER — In 2011, the American Water Works Association (AWWA) and Water Environment Federation (WEF) boards approved a joint resolution that encourages collaboration among our members and greater coordination of programs and services. AWWA and WEF remain committed to the spirit of the 2011 resolution. Both organizations have signed an Agreement of Intent that establishes an Exploratory Committee to examine potential models for enhanced collaboration and partnership to better serve our members. The Exploratory

Committee is comprised of leaders from both organizations and will examine potential models for enhanced collaboration and partnership ranging from efficiencies in some combined business practices and member services to full integration of the two organizations. Discussions about enhanced collaboration and cooperation between AWWA and WEF have occurred on-and-off for a number of years and are driven by a desire to deliver better service and value to our members as both organizations respond to significant changes in the water industry and among our members. AWWA and WEF will continue to work together to best serve our members and the broader water industry and will keep our members apprised as our exploration of enhanced partnership continues.


By Cliff Avery TEXASH2O



Executive Director Report


You DO get what you wish for By Mike Howe TAWWA Executive Director


f you were at ACE 2012 in Dallas in June, and if you attended the reception for the new AWWA President, our own Charlie Anderson, you might have heard Charlie’s acceptance remarks. Charlie referred to a new panel he was creating to examine the operational and business model of AWWA, focusing on how we support our members. Prior to and during those remarks, I had to do something that is always hard for me to do – keep my mouth shut! In the weeks leading up to his remarks, Charlie and I had been in a number of discussions regarding his plan and I knew by the night of his speech that he was going to name me Co-Chair, along with AWWA Executive Director David LaFrance, of this exciting initiative. I am honored and somewhat humbled by the scope of this task, but for AWWA and the Sections to fully serve all of our members in the years to come, we must examine how we interact as one organization in service to our membership. This new Special Presidential Panel, or SP2, as we are already calling the group, is charged with developing an operations and business model that will establish a new

culture for AWWA and the Sections. To achieve this end, the panel must evaluate and determine how to re-engineer the multilevel relationship between AWWA and the Sections to operate as one organization committed to members and their needs. As a professional association created to “promote public health, safety and welfare though the improvement of the quality and quantity of water delivered to the public . . . ,” AWWA’s mission includes advancing the knowledge of the industry, recognizing and advancing solutions to the challenges of providing a safe and adequate water supply, conducting appropriate research to answer these challenges, and promoting education and partnering between water suppliers and consumers to ensure continued access to safe water and the clear public health benefits derived from this remarkable achievement. AWWA, which includes our Denver offices and the 43 Sections, have historically served as the single most important “gathering place” for water professionals. Many members volunteer their time at the Association level, but it is recognized that more members have a greater opportunity to participate at the Section level. And in Sections such as Texas, where we have chapters, opportunities for members to be engaged are multiplied over and CONTINUED PAGE 21  HOWE

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will make a difference. Then do it,” Anderson said. “My one new thing as president will be to lead the exploration and re-engineering of our association’s operational and business model,” the new president said. Anderson called on the Denver-based association to join with its 43 Sections “to identify new ways to partner, to Former Section Chair and former share resources and to AWWA Vice President Glenda share successes.” This, Dunn chats with Cindy Anderson, Charlie’s wife, at the reception. he said, would lead to a “new era of enhanced customer service delivery and educational excellence.” The former Texas Section chair said that during his travels as an AWWA officer he saw, at the Section level, a “passion for service and commitment to excellence.” Section staff members across the continent, like those in Denver, provided continuity and creativity. AWWA in Denver and the Sections across the country must develop a “decentralized education model that will CONTINUED ON FOLLOWING PAGE


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better serve our members,” Anderson told the audience at the change-of-leadership ceremony. “The key to this effort will be the engagement of the Sections. “It is the Sections that have the boots on the ground and the ready expertise to meet the needs of their regional geographic communities.” Anderson said he would appoint a special presidential panel of Section staff, AWWA staff and AWWA volunteer leadership to “help operationalize this vision for a new business model.” The new model will “identify AWWA and Section business opportunities and will strengthen us for future sustainability in what is now becoming a very, very competitive market.” New business opportunities, he said, “will capitalize on resources and creative ideas and the synergies of the Association and the Sections that will add greater value to the members of AWWA.”





North Central Texas Chapter hosts 11th Annual Drinking Water Seminar on Oct. 19 in Fort Worth



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The North Central Texas Chapter will be presenting the annual Drinking Water Seminar at the Petroleum Club in Fort Worth on October 19. The annual one-day seminar attempts to provide an informative program on topics of interest to our industry, including water supply, water quality, funding, and legislative and regulatory updates. The seminar will be held at the Petroleum Club of Fort Worth, 777 Main Street. Free parking validation is available for the parking garage at 7th St. and Commerce (enter from Commerce). Tickets can be validated at the registration table. For hotel information or questions, please contact Theo Chan at 214-217-2223 or Seminar Program 7:00 - 8:00 am 8:00 - 8:15 am

Registration Opening Remarks, Brent Locke, AWWA Texas Section Chapter Chair

WATER SUPPLY 8:15 - 8:45 am 8:45 - 9:15 am 9:15 - 9:45 am 9:45 - 10:00 am

Effects of the 2011 Drought in Texas, Karl E. Winters and Gregory P. Stanton, U.S. Geological Survey Water Conservation Efforts, Tom Gooch, Freese and Nichols WRRF Research Project - Value of Reclaimed Water and Supply to Commercial, Industrial and Institutional Sector, Jim Henderson, Stratus Consulting Break

Water Quality 10:00 - 10:45 am

IPL Zebra Mussel Study Update, Kathy

Berek, TRWD and Jennifer Cottingham, DWU

10:45 - 11:15 am Utility Case Studies of On-Site Generated Hypochlorite, Amlan Ghosh,

11:15 - 11:45 am 11:45 - 1:00 pm 1:00 - 1:30 pm

Jacobs Engineering

Nitrosamines - Economics of the Unknown, Ben Stanford, Hazen and Sawyer Lunch Plant Optimization using Water Quality Modeling, Brian Fuerst, CH2M HILL

Research/Legislative/Regulatory 1:30 - 2:15 pm Condition Assessment of Buried Assets: Overview of Foundation Research and Future Directions, Frank Blaha and

Shonnie Cline, Water Research Foundation

2:15 - 2:30 pm 2:30 - 3:15 pm

Break Regulatory Updates, Martin Rochelle,

3:15 - 4:15 pm

TCEQ Updates, Alicia Diehl, Texas

Commission on Environmental Quality

Lloyd Gosselink

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South Texas Chapter Charity Golf 7 am Tournament - Water For People

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Petroleum Club Fort Worth

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