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JOURNAL VOLUME 27

MAY 2017

"Proudly Serving Education Excellence since 1918"

NUMBER 5


February 7th-­‐9th  

Far West  Texas  Region   Ft.  Stockton    

February 26th  –   Mar.  1st    

TWUA Annual  School   Corpus  Christi  

David Moore     512-279-8125  

Norma Clark   (432) 528-1608

March 21st-­‐  23rd  

Panhandle Regional  School   Amarillo  

Cindy Moss   (806) 378-­‐3019

Ruben Arias   (806  674-­‐4834  

Southeast Texas  Regional  School   Beaumont   Event  

Patrick Walters   (979) 248-­‐7012 Primary  Contact  

Patrick Gray   (713) 637-­‐8835 Exhibits   Ext.   306 Contact  

th th th February May  8th  –  711-­‐9    

Far West   exas   Region   Central   WTest   Texas   Regional  School   Ft.   S tockton     Abilene  

Norma lark   Kenny  HCutchins   (432) 528-­‐1608 (325) 676-­‐6429

Norma Mickey  CClark   haney   (432) (325) 528-­‐1608 548-­‐2237

th February May  15stth  –2  618  th–     Mar.  1    

TWUA nnual  TSexas   chool   North  CAentral   Regional  School   Corpus   C hristi   Arlington    

David M oore     Charly   Angadicheril   512-279-8125   (817) 392-­‐8299

Norma Clark   Jon  Mahoney   (432) 528-1608 (979) 721-­‐2261

st rd March June  132th1  –-­‐    1253th    

Panhandle Regional   School   Central  Texas   Regional   School   Amarillo   Killeen    

Cindy Moss   Charlotte   Doran   (806) 378-­‐3019 (254) 750-­‐8495

Ruben rias   Peggy  SAmith   (806   6 74-­‐4834   (830) 598-­‐2424 Ext.  309

April 24th  –  27th  

Southeast Texas  Regional  School   Beaumont   Southwest  Texas  Regional  School  

Patrick Walters   (979) 248-­‐7012 Tony  M oreno   (956) 795-­‐2620

Patrick Gray   (713) Lynn  S637-­‐8835 hort   Ext.   (361)306 485-­‐3381

Central Texas   Regional   School   Permian  WBest   asin   Regional   School   Abilene   Odessa    

Kenny Norma  HCutchins   lark   (325) 676-­‐6429 (432) 528-­‐1608

Mickey haney   Norma  CClark   (325) 548-­‐2237 (432) 528-­‐1608

th May 15th Central   Texas  SRchool   egional  School   August   28  –th  1  –8  31   st   North   East  Texas   Regional   Arlington     Tyler  

Charly ngadicheril   Mike  NAorris   (817) (903) 392-­‐8299 939-­‐8278

Jon MNahoney   Mike   orris   (979) (903) 721-­‐2261 939-­‐8278

June 13th  –  61th 5th November    –     th 9    

Central Texas   Regional   School   West  Texas   Regional   School   Killeen     Lubbock  

Charlotte Doran   Matt  Kerley   (254) 750-­‐8495 (806) 775-­‐2624

Peggy Smith   Bill  Boyd   (830) 598-­‐2424 (806) 775-­‐3415 Ext.  309

March th4th ­— 7thth July 24  –  26  

TWUA Annual School - 100th Year Anniversary Southwest Texas  Regional  School   Corpus Christi

Laredo

Tony Moreno   (956) 795-­‐2620

Lynn Short   (361) 485-­‐3381

August 1st  –  3rd  

Permian Basin  Regional  School   Odessa    

Norma Clark   (432) 528-­‐1608

Norma Clark   (432) 528-­‐1608

August 28th  –  31st   East  Texas  Regional  School   Tyler  

Mike Norris   (903) 939-­‐8278

Mike Norris   (903) 939-­‐8278

November 6th  –   9th    

Matt Kerley   (806) 775-­‐2624

Bill Boyd   (806) 775-­‐3415

Norma Clark   (432) 528-­‐1608

2017

UPCOMING TWUA REGIONAL SCHOOL

April 24th  –  27th   Date  

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July 24  –  26  

May 8th1  –st  1  –1  3thrd     August  

Laredo

West Texas  Regional  School   Lubbock  

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Norma Clark   (432) 528-­‐1608

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In This Edition: President Message...............................4

TEXAS WATER UTILITIES JOURNAL (ISSN 1051-709X) is published monthly by the Texas Water Utilities Association, located at 1106 Clayton Lane, Suite 112 West, Austin, Texas 78723-1093, for engineers, operators, managers, laboratory technicians, customer service personnel, and other professionals employed in, or interested in, the water and/or wastewater industry.

Empowering your Employees - a leadership to guide and inspire the team

In The News .......................................10

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President’s Message

Empowering your Employees by Chad Jameson

Clearly, the need for quality leadership is strong in the Water/Wastewater industry when public health is concerned. Unfortunately, I have learned over the years that management sometimes forgets how to lead and instead spends more time on vying for control, instead of listening to the employees. The “leader” inspires trust and sees the long-term picture. Sometimes the “manager” looks at the job at hand and has a shortsighted view to simply get the job done. One symptom of this problem that I’ve seen quite frequently is that management is not open to any ideas or comments from the employees. This can be a killer for employee morale. I was often taken aside by employees’ that I developed a relationship with over the years that they were not taken seriously by their manager when it came to new ideas. The answer was always, “No, do it my way!” What do you think this does to that employee or the employee’s morale? “Your people are your greatest resource, listen to their feedback and encourage their dreams. You never know where your next great idea will come from, so empower everyone up and down the corporate ladder to contribute and innovate. To lead people, walk behind them.” Lao Tzu It is a vicious cycle when the managers do not allow the employees to think for themselves and then wonder why they do not move on to the next job or take any initiative after the task is complete. If you do not let them know, they have the leeway to decide what is to be done, and let them know that they can handle the operation by themselves then that is your fault for not leading them in the right direction. “Outstanding leaders go out of their way to boost the self-esteem of their personnel. If people believe in themselves, it’s amazing what they can accomplish.” Sam Walton One symptom of this problem that I saw quite frequently was when I saw a manager show up at a job site screaming and yelling. They did not stop to think, and understand that the employees have been out there working for the last 7 hours or more. The manager only seemed concerned about how he was being affected, instead of taking the time to gather the 4 Texas Water Utilities Journal www.twua.org

team and assess the situation, and determine a course to change direction, or finish the job. Every time you get that employee totally engaged and give them the respect they deserve it can change the events that follow. “Being a good leader is a balancing act. Your leadership strategy should never rely on just one type of management. It might at first feel like walking a tightrope, but soon balancing multiple leadership attributes will become a second nature, and allow you to lead in multiple dimensions. The challenge of leadership is to be strong, but not rude; be kind, but not weak; be bold, but not bully; be thoughtful, but not lazy; be humble, but not timid; be proud, but not arrogant; have humor, but without folly.” Jim Rohn The other side of this equation remains the challenge that there is often not a clear understanding of what role managers play in the environment where teams are empowered. We all know there is a role to play -- It’s just the question of balance. If you can show trust in and respect of your employees, they will do their best for you. To make myself clear, at the heart of every great team there is a leader, and how the leader treats his team will make all the difference in the world. “You don’t lead by pointing and telling people some place to go. You lead by going to that place and making a case.” Ken Kesey So, in conclusion, we can say that in any industry we do need leadership to guide and inspire the team, and a manager with the skills to manage and lead to ensure smooth operation of the task at hand. If you can sit down and think about that employee and what it takes to get him or her engaged then you have won the battle and gained their respect. “To be a great leader, there is no such thing as a challenge too big to handle. Once you adopt this attitude, your people will follow suit, and every problem will present an opening for greater achievement. Don’t find fault, find a remedy.” Henry Ford. Sincerely,

Chad Jameson TWUA President

May 2017


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Central Office News by Russell Hamilton, TWUA Executive Director

Father we come into your presence seeking your grace, forgiveness, and we offer you the glory for all that you do and all that we take for granted. For the rainfall that Texas has received, we give you praise. The effects of this drought are far from over for some, so we ask that you would redirect clouds and rainfall to these areas of need. Father, no task or obstacle is too great for you, so we ask that you fill our lakes and cause our streams to flow with abundance, while leading us to be a more appreciative society. One that does not take the precious gift of water or those who treat it for granted - Amen. As of March 31, 2017 – In West Texas, Lake Ivie is sitting at 24.5 % (+ 0.5 %). Lake Spence is sitting at 13.6 % (0.1 %). Lake Sweetwater is sitting at 23.9 % (+1.3 %). White River is sitting at 24.6 % (- 0.0 %). Panhandle, Lake Meredith is sitting at 23.8 % (+0.2 %) and Greenbelt is at 27.5 % (+0.2 %). If you want to get a complete look at lake levels, go to www. waterdatafortexas.org. We are seeing an interesting trend in TCEQ Testing at TWUA Annual School and Regional Events. In the past at Annual School, we would have 90 + testing at the conclusion. This past event there were less than 30. In Amarillo, historically, the region would have somewhere around 100 people challenging the various exams. This past school there were again, less than 30 who were pre-approved. I know the message is getting out about the changes and the new electronic process. However, attendees do not seem to be following up and completing the electronic online process in the appropriate time line. If you are a supervisor or decision maker and you have staff who will be attending any TWUA Regional Event, please make sure, those attending who will be testing, complete the TCEQ pre-application process. And be mindful of the timeline. 60days prior. Another item to be looking for is email confirmation from TCEQ acknowledging the application was received and is in process. You should also get another email from TCEQ in regards to payment confirmation. If you do not hear from TCEQ after submitting the online application, call 512-239-6133. Please do not assume you are good to go. 6 Texas Water Utilities Journal www.twua.org

The deadline to apply for TCEQ Testing at the Killeen School is April 13, 2017. The deadline to apply for TCEQ Testing at the Laredo School is May 17, 2017. I will have information to share in my next article related to special events at the 100-year Anniversary in Corpus March 4, 2018. I will say there is a couple of major raffles in the works. One being a full size pickup. Something such as a Chevrolet half ton Texas edition. Another being something like a John Deer ATV side by side. There will be limited numbers of tickets sold for these raffles and the drawing will be held in conjunction with the festivities on March 4th 2018. Be watching future editions of the journal and the TWUA website. We hope to have a big numbers for the 100 year and we hope that you will make plans to come to Corpus and be a part of the celebration. There is currently discussion about a special registration for those who only want to come for the Sunday events and possibly walk the booth exhibits. The story goes something like this September 1914 finds young Private Joseph Paul Henderson, in Florida preparing to ship out and join others headed to participate in World War I. The young private had just completed basic training in Georgia and was on leave for the last time before shipping out. He finds himself in a bookstore looking for something to occupy his time on the ship. Eventually he locates the used book section and begins searching through the various possibilities. He selects three novels and is about to leave, when the spots another cover that peaks his interest. He pays for the four novels, leaves the bookstore and finds a quiet, open-air coffee shop. Curiosity gets to him and his reaches for the bag with his recent purchase. Joseph picks up his last find and carefully opens the book. He reads the introduction and notices the original owner had written her name and address on the inside cover. Elizabeth A. Lawrence was the name and the address indicated she lived in Newark, New Jersey, and she apparently purchased the book about two years ago. An unexplained feeling came over Joseph and he decided to write this original owner and let Ms. Lawrence know, the novel would provide much needed distraction as he readied for war. He made sure to provide his service address, on the outside chance the address in the book would find Ms. Lawrence and she would be so kind as return a letter. May 2017


As luck would have it about three months, later a letter found Private Henderson and it was from E. A. Lawrence, Newark, New Jersey. The two exchanged pleasantries and agreed to become pen pals. Elizabeth was good to share a poem or send along another novel in hopes of keeping morale up and perhaps provide hope that even in battle, there were those who appreciated the sacrifices being made in the name of freedom. The two were diligent about writing. Joseph would let her know approximately where he had been and what had taken place within his unit. Soon young Joseph was promoted to Corporal and became part of the newly formed medical corps. There was not a lot of medial care provided but Joseph and his unit would retrieve the wounded and transport them to a care center. Joseph took his job and purpose seriously and even to the extent of placing himself in harm’s way, to provide whatever medical care he could, while retrieving the wounded soldiers. Joseph’s bravery soon prompted another promotion to Sargent. Over the next two and half years, Joseph and Elizabeth began to fall in love by the letters and information that was exchanged. They had not exchanged birth dates or much in the way of personal information, except that Joseph knew Elizabeth was not married. When Joseph was scheduled to return to the United States, the two agreed to meet in New York, for dinner. Out of all the letters and correspondence, the two had no idea what the other looked like. A plan was devised where Elizabeth would hold a long stem yellow rose and Joseph would have a red balloon tied to his duffle bag. When the ship docked, Joseph was extremely nervous. He wanted to meet this girl. He had grand ideas about how she would look and what her personality was like. Finally came the time for Joseph to make his way down the ramp. As he neared the bottom, he noticed a tall, slender, black haired, very attractive woman, who was dressed like a model or movie star, walking by the stairs. And she almost brushed up against him as they passed. She smiled and walked on down the passenger unloading area. Joseph thought for a brief moment, wouldn’t it have been nice if this attractive woman were in fact Elizabeth. Joseph began to search the crowd for someone holding a long stem yellow rose. Finally, a rather round, plain, middle-aged woman, black glasses, in an unflattering dress walked toward him with a yellow rose in her hands. Joseph dropped his bag May 2017

and snapped to attention. With a sharp salute, the young man loudly and proudly proclaimed, Sargent Joseph Paul Henderson, ma’am. It is my honor to make your acquaintance. By the way, my friends call me JP. I hope you will call me JP. And if you are not doing anything, may I escort you to dinner? The woman blushed and began to speak. JP, first of all, thank you and welcome home. I’m really not sure what’s going on here. But I am not who you think I am. Someone I have never met arranged for me to hold this yellow rose. I was told if a soldier carrying a balloon asked me to dinner, I was to tell him that the well dressed lady, who walked by just as you were nearing the base of the walkway, is waiting in the lobby of the Waldorf Astoria, a few blocks over and down the street. Lastly, she asked me to tell you, her friends call her Annie. JP, please take this yellow rose to Annie. The Moral – Never pass up the opportunity to be a gentleman. Never give up on a dream. And remember, things may not always be, as they first appear. Remember - we do not need all the operators in Texas to be a member of TWUA – JUST YOU ! ! ! !

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In the News

Firing An Employee For Violating Company Rules By: Jaime Carter  

If you manage people long enough, there’s a good chance you’ll have to make a difficult employment decision because an employee breaks a company rule. Since you may be put on the spot and need to take immediate action, it’s a good idea to be prepared for the inevitable. 4 Things You Should Do Right Now Wrongful termination suits are becoming more common every year. In the event the employee files a charge with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), you want to have all of your ducks in a row. 1. Be Consistent Consider recent precedents in similar situations. People should be treated the same regardless of race, gender, age, disability or national origin. 2. Make Sure Everyone’s On The Same Page Be sure you have a best-practices employee handbook outlining rules of conduct and disciplinary procedures. Employees should sign an acknowledgement form when they come on board and whenever a significant policy is revised. The handbook should spell out your company’s progressive discipline procedure. Many companies follow a format of verbal warning(s), written warning, final warning and termination.

note that he refused to sign it. This way you have documentation showing the employee received a copy. 4. Be A Boy Scout Be prepared. Have a plan in place before you need it for what you will do if an employee needs to be terminated immediately. If you don’t have a security person in the building, it might be a good idea to contract with a service you can call if you need assistance – especially when terminating an employee you suspect may become violent. 3 Levels Of Action When an employee breaks a company rule, your actions should depend on the severity of the infraction and the particular situation. 1. Proceed With The Normal Disciplinary Process This step is appropriate when the rule is minor and performancebased, such as violating attendance, dress code or work duty rules. 2. Place The Alleged Bad Actor on Administrative Leave And Investigate In some cases, such as suspected theft or alleged harassment, you may need to place the employee on administrative leave with pay until you’re able to uncover the whole story.

3. Document Everything Record the facts of what happened, including date, details of incident and what actions were taken. Keep emotion out of it. Maintain a written record, which can be as simple as sending yourself an email that you put into the employee’s electronic file, or a handwritten and dated note in a physical file.

That conversation might go something like this: “We are looking into a complaint regarding the use of company property (or other problem). In order to investigate, we’re going to ask you to stay home and not perform work until we get more information. We’ll continue paying you while we investigate.”

While it may be time consuming to document an incident, it’s well worth it. The last thing you want is to get to the end of your rope with an employee but not have the supporting documentation for termination.

When there are allegations of blatant harassment, or actual or threatened violence or physical contact – but you did not witness the event – you should interview both employees separately as soon as possible.

In cases of progressive discipline, record all written and final warnings. Be sure the employee signs the completed form or report. If an employee refuses to sign it, ask the employee to

In certain circumstances, you may need to place both employees on paid administrative leave until cooler heads prevail and you’re able interview them.

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Without provoking the alleged offender, you might say, “In order for us to conduct a complete investigation, please leave the premises now and refrain from working until you receive a call from us.” The last thing you want is for the accused to become violent in the workplace.

Ask the employee what personal items they need immediately from their desk, and send another employee to bring those items into your office. Tell the terminated employee you will send any other personal items to their home. Do not let them go back to their desk or use the computer.

3. Terminate immediately

If you witness the incident, the perpetrator admits wrongdoing or both employees acted inappropriately, you’ll need to terminate one or both of them immediately. Use these steps to avoid a potentially hot-tempered situation:

If the employee has company property, such as electronic devices, at home, tell him you need those back within 24 hours. If you don’t want the employee to return to the premises, send a courier to his home to retrieve the items.

Someone should escort the terminated employee out of the building and watch until the employee is off the property. In certain cases, you may want to have a security guard in close proximity to the termination meeting. If the employee becomes belligerent or violent, you may need the security guard‘s assistance.

In some situations, you may decide for safety reasons that it is best to terminate an employee over the phone.

Call the person into your office. Try to be logical and keep emotion out of it. You might say: “This meeting is to address events that happened today between you and (the other person). As you know, we have a zero tolerance policy for violence in the workplace. Several individuals witnessed you threatening to harm another employee. Due to this, we’re ending your employment immediately.”

It’s a good idea to have another person in the meeting.

Be sure all network access is cut off before the terminated employee leaves the building. Take all company laptops, cell phones, etc.

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In the News

Construction Equipment Dangers By: Ron Parker, STS,CHST

All equipment used on a construction job can pose a danger. It could be the equipment itself, the person operating the equipment or personnel working in close proximity of the equipment.  Any equipment should be respected. When working around equipment such as skip loaders, back hoes, trenchers, cranes, and etc, you need to be on high alert.  Don’t assume the operator sees you.  When possible always approach the equipment from the side of the equipment where the operator is visible.  Ensure the operator sees you prior to completely approaching the equipment. Also, don’t depend on a horn or alarm to warn you that moving equipment is near.  You may not be able to hear the alarms over other construction noise. When you notice that equipment is moving backwards, keep out of the way and stand clear until the operator has completed his/ her maneuver.  Never walk behind or cut across any unit while it is moving backwards.  You could easily trip and fall under the equipment.  Never ride on the running boards, steps or other parts of equipment, even for a short distance.

and some obstruction. Make sure there is enough room for workers to pass.  If there is not enough room for workers to pass safely, the area should be shut off for access. Never ride on or near materials that are being transported by equipment.  Loads can shift and fall or cause the equipment to turn over or become uncontrollable.  You could be thrown to the ground and   crushed.   Never ride on any equipment as a passenger if that equipment is designated for only one person (the operator).  If it is designated for more than one person and is equipped with seat belts, always buckle the seat belts.  Always keep all parts of your body inside to include your arms and legs. Dismount all portable scaffold or work platform while it is being moved.  The time it takes to dismount will be much less than the time lost from work if you fall or the unit tips over. When you are working near equipment operating in the vicinity of power lines, don’t come into contact with the frame of the unit or the load cables.  There is always the chance that the unit or the boom could come into contact with the power lines.  Warn the operator or the signal person if you should see this possibility. Never clean or service equipment while it is in operation.  It should be stopped and the ignition  off before performing any services. The safest thing to do around construction equipment is to keep a safe distance while the equipment is in operation.  If you must be in close proximity of the equipment, make sure the operator knows you are working nearby and stay alert.  In doing so you will not only prevent injuries but possibly death that could be yours.   This safety article was brought to you by: Warriors4Safety.com

When backing up, a competent person should ensure the area behind the piece of equipment is cleared. No operator should back a piece of equipment into an area without the area being cleared and the competent person giving signals to the operator.

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Event

60 Days Prior

Laredo 5/17/17 Odessa 6/8/17 Tyler 7/6/17 Lubbock 9/14/17

Last Day to Submit Pre-approval Paperwork to TCEQ For Testing @ TWUA Regional Training Events. https://www.tceq.texas.gov/licensing/eapp for questions please contact TCEQ at: 512-239-6133

May 2017

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In the News

5 WAYS YOUR BEST INTENTIONS ARE UNDERMINING YOUR PRODUCTIVITY Claudia Escribano

We live in a world bursting at the seams with MORE—more information, more tasks, more requirements, more pressures. “Do More with Less” is the mantra of our time. The trouble is, in our quest for More, we often end up with less—less productivity, less engagement, and in some cases even less of a brain. Here are five common things we do to get ahead, which are actually holding us back.

To increase productivity: Commit to focusing on one thing at a time. That can be hard to do, but remind yourself that you’ll be faster in the long run. When someone is talking, put down your phone, push away from your desk, look at the person and listen. You’ll build good relationships. In a recent GovLoop post, Kathleen Vaught provides some good advice for overcoming multi-tasking.

1. Working Continuously Without Breaks. You have a mountain of work and a tight deadline, so you chain yourself to your desk not moving for hours at a time. Through sheer willpower and discipline, you keep going long past your optimal attention and effort. The problem is, we are not wired to work this way. Tony Schwartz of the Energy Project explains that human beings are designed to “Pulse”—that is, to alternate between periods of intense work and rest. In his book, Be Excellent at Anything, Schwartz explains that great performers work more intensely than most of us, but also recover more deeply.

4. All Work And No Play. In the workplace, play is seen as frivolous—especially in the government environment, where any sign of frivolity is equated with wasting taxpayer dollars. However, the research shows that play is what allows us to create, improvise, imagine, innovate, learn, and solve problems. Stuart Brown of the National Institute for Play has found that lack of play can result in joylessness, rigidity, addiction, workaholism, diminished curiosity, and depression.

To increase productivity: Schedule regular breaks into your day. Use methods like the Pomodoro technique to set up cycles of focused work followed by restorative breaks. 2. Being “Responsive.” There’s an expectation of responsiveness in our organizations today. If someone needs something, we’re expected to drop everything to respond now. We continually monitor email and answer every call, text, and tweet as it arrives. We spend our days scrambling from one thing to the next, wondering why we never really get anything done. In Overload!, How Too Much Information is Hazardous to Your Organization, Johnathan Spira explains that it can take 10 – 20 times the amount of interruption time to return to a task. So when you take a minute to check that email, it can take you 10 to 20 minutes to get back on task. That’s a lot of wasted time, with a high cost to your organization. To increase productivity: Start your day by making a list of tasks to complete. Turn off all your devices and do just one task for a set time period (25 – 60 minutes). Check email and messages at designated times only. 3. Multi-Tasking. A former coworker always multi-tasked during teleconferences. I could hear her keyboard clicking away throughout the meeting. No doubt, she thought she was getting so much done, but she always missed some important decision or action item. Like her, we all believe that we can multi-task, but one British study showed that multi-tasking was as debilitating as smoking marijuana. 14 Texas Water Utilities Journal www.twua.org

To increase productivity: Give yourself time at least once a week to do something just for the fun of it. Encourage your coworkers to join you. You’ll end up feeling refreshed, reconnected, and ready to do good work—hardly a waste of taxpayer dollars. 5. Not Getting Enough Rest. “I’ll sleep when I’m dead” is the motto of the modern work warrior—a bold statement of commitment to getting the job done at all costs. The trouble is, there is a cost. Lack of sleep has been shown to cause difficulties in concentrating, solving problems, and reasoning.  Current research shows that sleep is an important part of our learning. While we sleep, our brains consolidate and integrate what we’ve learned during the day. As author Benedict Carey says in How We Learn and Why It Happens, “I think of sleep as learning with my eyes closed.” To increase productivity: Think of sleep not as a luxury but as an event just as important as any other meeting or project on your To Do List. Schedule enough time to sleep so you feel rested and alert. Today’s work environment demands a lot from us all. We work hard because we’re conscientious and we care. We want to be the heroes and save the day. The truth is, though, that sometimes to be the hero, we need to say “No” to protect our energy and our time. For more information on how to be more productive in a culture of More, see the book Overwhelmed: How to Work, Love, and Play When No One Has the Time by Brigid Schulte, which was the inspiration and original source for this post. Claudia Escribano is part of the GovLoop Featured Blogger program May 2017


TEXAS WATER UTILITIES ASSOCIATION 61st ANNUAL SOUTHWEST TEXAS REGIONAL SCHOOL Laredo Energy Arena 6700 Arena Blvd., Laredo, Texas JULY 24-26, 2017 The City of Laredo hosts the 61st ANNUAL SOUTHWEST TEXAS REGIONAL SCHOOL at the Laredo Energy Arena, 6700 Arena Blvd., Laredo, Texas. The La Quinta Inn & Suites Laredo Airport at 7220 Bob Bullock Loop in Laredo, Texas is our host hotel and has blocked rooms for the school at a rate of $92.00/night. The hotel may be contacted at 1-956 / 724-7222 for reservations. Please tell them you are with the TWUA Southwest Texas Regional School to get this rate. The cut-off date for this room block is July 5, 2017 so please call and make your reservations prior to then. We have also blocked rooms at the Holiday Inn Express Laredo-Event Center Area. Holiday Inn Express is offering a rate of $92.00 / night for single occupancy and $159.00 / night for double occupancy. The cut-off date for this room block is July 7, 2017. Reservations for this hotel can be made by calling 956 / 218 – 8888. Please tell them you are with the TWUA Southwest Texas Regional School to get this rate. Monday night we will have our annual Exhibitors Appreciation Event with dinner, live entertainment and door prizes. All school attendees are invited and are encouraged to attend.

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TEXAS WATER UTILITIES To register for any TWUA classes – simply complete the registration form and fax to (512)459-7124 or contact TWUA @ 888-367-8982 for additional details. *NOTICE: Due to recent increases for training materials, class costs have Increased. ***Pre-Registration Is defined to mean 14 Days prior to any scheduled event. All registrations received after the pre-registration cutoff date must pay on-site registration fee. We strongly encourage everyone to please pre-register by fax, e-mail, or calling. On-site registrations are welcome but not preferred.

Date

Basic Water

TCEQ 0092

20 Hours

May 10-12

Marshall

Basic Water

601 S Grove

Jun 20-22

Victoria

Basic Water

2902 Bluff

Jun 27-29

ON-LINE

Basic Water

twua.org

Sept 11-13

Corpus Christi

Basic Water

2726 Holly

Oct 24-26

Beaumont

Basic Water

1305 Langham

Ground Water Production

TCEQ 0223

20 Hours

May 1-3

Wylie

Ground Water Production

949 Hensley Lane, Building 300

Jun 12-14

Longview

Ground Water Production

933 Mobile Dr

Oct 9-11

Corpus Christi

Ground Water Production

2726 Holly

Aug 8-10

Gatesville

Water Distribution

106 S 23rd

Sep 26-28

Waco

Water Distribution

425 Franklin

Oct 17-19

San Marcos

Water Distribution

501 E Hopkins

Water

Water

Water Distribution

Oct 17-19

Victoria

Water Distribution

2902 Bluff

Oct 30-Nov 1

Corpus Christi

Water Distribution

13101 Leopard

Nov 14-16

Beaumont

Water Distribution

1305 Langham

Surface Water Production I

TCEQ 0942

24 Hours

May 1-3

Corpus Christi

Surface Water I

2726 Holly

Nov 1-3

Wylie

Surface Water I

949 Hensley Lane, Building 300

Surface Water Production II

TCEQ 0954

20 Hours

May 23-23

Tyler

Surface Water II

14792 CR 192

Jun 19-21

Corpus Christi

Surface Water II

2726 Holly

Dec 4-6

Wylie

Surface Water II

949 Hensley Lane, Building 300

Water Laboratory

TECQ 0285

20 Hours

Jun 21-23

Corpus Christi

Water Lab

2726 Holly

Jul 11-13

Gatesville

Water Lab

106 S 23rd

Aug 7-9

Wylie

Water Lab

949 Hensley Lane, Building 300

Basic Wastewater

TCEQ 0059

20 Hours

June 6-8

Frank Phillips College Perryton

Basic Wastewater

2314 S Jefferson

Aug 15-17

Victoria

Basic Wastewater

2902 Bluff

Sept 13-15

Corpus Christi

Basic Wastewater

2726 Holly

Dec 12-14

San Marcos

Basic Wastewater

801 MLK Drive

Wastewater Treatment

TCEQ 0437

20 Hours

Jun 28-30

Wylie

Wastewater Treatment

949 Hensley Lane, Building 300 106 S 23rd

Oct 24-26

Gatesville

Wastewater Treatment

Nov 7-9

Kilgore College

Wastewater Treatment

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Water

Water

Water

Wastewater

Wastewater

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TRAINING SCHEDULE 20 HOUR CLASSES: (PRE-REGISTRATION) $300 MEMBER $360 NON-MEMBER. (ON-SITE) $350 MEMBER $410 NON-MEMBER – 24 HOUR CLASSES (PRE-REGISTRATION) $360 MEMBER $420 NON-MEMBER (ON-SITE) $410 MEMBER $470 NON-MEMBER. YOU CAN REGISTER ON-LINE AT HTTP://TWUA.ORG/TRAINING.PHP FOR YOUR NEXT TRAINING CLASS. *ON-LINE COURSES MAY VARY

Sep 5-7

Wastewater Collection

TCEQ 0080

20 Hours

San Marcos

Wastewater Collection

170 Charles Austin Dr

Nov 1-3

Corpus Christi

Wastewater Collection

13101 Leopard

Nov 14-16

Waco

Wastewater Collection

425 Franklin

Wastewater Laboratory

TCEQ 0081

20 Hours

Aug 14-16

Corpus Christi

Wastewater Lab

2726 Holly

Aug 28-30

Wylie

Wastewater Lab

949 Hensley Lane, Building 300

Activated Sludge

TCEQ 0009

20 Hours

Oct 4-6

Wylie

Activated Sludge

949 Hensley Lane, Building 300

Utilities Management

TCEQ 0550

20 Hours

Jun 26-28

Wylie

Utilities Management

949 Hensley Lane, Building 300

Jul 17-19

Corpus Christi

Utilities Management

2726 Holly

Sep 19-21

ON-LINE

Utilities Management

twua.org

Oct 3-5

Kilgore

Utilities Management

3901 FM 349

Oct 10-12

Waco

Utilities Management

425 Franklin

Dec 12-14

Beaumont

Utilities Management

1305 Langham Rd

Pumps and Pumping

TCEQ 0430

20 Hours

May 9-11

Port Artur

Pumps & Pumping

1101 HO Mills

May 23-25

Gatesville

Pumps & Pumping

106 S 23rd

Jul 18-20

Waco

Pumps & Pumping

425 Franklin

Jul 19-21

Corpus Christi

Pumps & Pumping

2726 Holly

Nov 14-16

Victoria

Pumps & Pumping

2902 Bluff

Dec 11-13

Corpus Christi

Pumps & Pumping

13101 Leopard

Utilities Safety

TCEQ 0426

20 Hours

May 9-11

Tyler

Utilities Safety

14792 CR 192

Jun 13-15

Gatesville

Utilities Safety

106 S 23rd

Aug 15-17

San Marcos

Utilities Safety

170 Charles Austin Dr.

Sep 12-14

Beaumont

Utilities Safety

1305 Langham

Sep 12-14

Waco

Utilities Safety

425 Franklin

Oct 11-13

Corpus Christi

Utilities Safety

2726 Holly

Valve & Hydrant Maintenance

TCEQ 0961

20 Hours

May 23-25

San Marcos

Valve & Hydrant Maintenance

170 Charles Austin Dr

Oct 2-4

Wylie

Valve & Hydrant Maintenance

949 Hensley Lane, Building 300

Utilities Calculations

TCEQ 0108

20 Hours

May 16-18

Victoria

Utilities Calculations

2902 Bluff

Jul 18-20

ON-LINE

Utilities Calculations

twua.org

Oct 24-26

Waco

Utilities Calculations

425 Franklin

May 2017

Wastewater

Wastewater

Wastewater

W/WW

W/WW

W/WW

W/WW

W/WW

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Sep 12-14

Waco

Utilities Safety

425 Franklin

Oct 11-13

Corpus Christi

Utilities Safety

2726 Holly

Valve & Hydrant Maintenance

TCEQ 0961

20 Hours

Valve & Hydrant Maintenance

170 Charles Austin Dr

Oct 2-4

Wylie

Valve & Hydrant Maintenance

949 Hensley Lane, Building 300

Utilities Calculations

TCEQ 0108

20 Hours

Dec May 6-8 16-18

Wylie Victoria

Utilities Calculations

949 2902Hensley Bluff Lane, Building 300

May 23-25 San Marcos (continued from page 17) Training Schedule

Dec18-20 5-7 Jul

Gilmer ON-LINE

Utilities Calculations

120 Henderson twua.org

Oct 24-26

Waco

Utilities Calculations

425 Franklin

Chlorinator Maintenance

TCEQ 0124

20 Hours

Aug 9-11

Wylie

Chlorinator Maint/Disinfection

949 Hensley Lane, Building 300

Sep 19-21

Victoria

Chlorinator Maint/Disinfection

2902 Bluff

Customer Service Inspection/

TCEQ 0173,0043

20 Hours

W/WW

W/WW

W/WW

W/WW/CSI/BPAT

Cross Connection Control May 3-5

Wylie

CSI/CCC

949 Hensley Lane, Building 300

May 31-Jun 1

ON_LINE

CCC 10 Hrs

twua.org

Jul 25-27

Victoria

CSI/CCC

2902 Bluff

Aug 16-18

Corpus Christi

CSI/CCC

2726 Holly

Aug 30-Sep 1

Wylie

CSI/CCC

949 Hensley Lane, Building 300

Sep 19-21

Gatesville

CSI/CCC

106 S 23rd

Oct 11-12

ON_LINE

CSI 10 Hrs

twua.org

Nov 28-30

San Marcos

CSI/CCC

501 E Hopkins

Backflow Preventer Assembly Tester Refresher Backflow Preventer Assembly Tester 40 Hr

TCEQ 1200

24 Hours

W/WW/CSI/BPAT

40 Hours

BPAT No operator hours

Effective Instructional Tecniques (Instructor I)

40 Hours

Jul 10-14

TWUA Central Office

1106 Clayton Lane

Instructional Design and Evaluation (Instructor II)

40 Hours

Oct 16-20

TWUA Central Office

1106 Clayton Lane

No operator hours

ON-LINE TRAINING May 31-Jun 1

Cross Connection Control

On-Line

10 Hours

W/CSI/BPAT/WW

Jun 27-29

Basic Water

On-Line

20 Hours

Water

Jul 18-20

Calculations

On-Line

20 Hours

W/WW

Sept 19-21

Management

On-Line

20 Hours

W/WW

Oct 11-12

CSI

On-Line

10 Hours

W/CSI/BPAT

Oct 24-26

Wastewater Collection

On-Line

20 Hours

Wastewater

Nov 14-16

Ground Water Production

On-Line

20 Hours

Water

Dec 5-7

Chlorinator Maint/Disinfection

On-Line

20 Hours

W/WW

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Safety News

U.S. INFRASTRUCTURE GETS NEAR FAILING GRADE IN NEW ASCE REPORT Sponsored by - American Society of Engineers WASHINGTON, DC, MARCH 9, 2017 -- The American Society of Civil Engineers’ (ASCE) latest Report Card for America’s Infrastructure has rated the nation’s drinking water systems a D grade and wastewater systems a D+ grade. The grades fall in line with the last few reports and continue to highlight the need for investment in the country’s infrastructure, especially in light of events like those seen in Flint, Mich., and the ongoing drought in the western U.S. Members of water agencies across the country spoke out upon hearing the news. Radhika Fox, CEO of the US Water Alliance, said: “Water is essential to everything we do. Every community in the country relies on drinking water and wastewater service, and many sectors of our economy are completely reliant on water as well. A D and D+ are daunting grades, but I am optimistic about our future because I see the innovative work of the members of the US Water Alliance every day. I want to thank the ASCE for its steadfast work to shine a light on the incredibly important issue of infrastructure investment. It was a topic that was overlooked for far too long, but we believe is starting to get the attention it deserves. This report reinforces the fact that we need to make reinvesting in water a national priority.” In a statement, NAWC Executive Director Michael Deane said, “The findings released by the ASCE affirm the urgent need to repair or replace aging water infrastructure to ensure resiliency for health, safety, and robust local economies. … While the nation’s water infrastructure faces significant challenges, the National Association of Water Companies’ (NAWC) member utilities work diligently with their respective state economic regulators to ensure rates for water service support the investment needed to meet all water quality and environmental standards and provide the service that customers expect and deserve. NAWC’s members look forward to helping more communities across the country to “improve their grades.’” Today, American Water Senior Vice President, Regulatory Policy and Business Development Kathy Pape testified before the House Transportation & Infrastructure Sub-Committee 20 Texas Water Utilities Journal www.twua.org

on Water Resources and Environment in Washington, D.C. and offered perspectives and recommendations on solving our nation’s water and wastewater infrastructure challenges. In a statement, she said, “American Water commends the House Transportation & Infrastructure Sub-Committee on Water Resources and Environment for providing a forum to discuss the challenges that face our water and wastewater infrastructure and the potential solutions available through the continued partnership of the private and public sector.” According to Pape, the value of the ASCE Report Card is in raising customer awareness of the critical nature of these issues and the value of our water and wastewater infrastructure, which is largely hidden underground. “That infrastructure is essential to delivering clean, safe, reliable water to our customers, but is often taken for granted until there is an issue,” Pape said. “While much work needs to be done to raise the grade of the nation’s deteriorating water infrastructure, recognizing that a healthy water system truly promotes economic vitality, provides public health, and protects our environment can only improve future scores across the country.” The concept of a report card to grade the nation’s infrastructure originated in 1988 with the congressionally chartered National Council on Public Works Improvement report, Fragile Foundations: A Report on America’s Public Works. A decade later, when the federal government indicated they would not be updating the report, ASCE used the approach and methodology to publish its first Report Card on America’s Infrastructure in 1998. With each new report – in 2001, 2005, 2009, 2013, and now 2017 – the methodology of the Report Card has been rigorously assessed so as to take into consideration all of the changing elements that affect America’s infrastructure. In 1988, when  Fragile Foundations  was released, the nation’s infrastructure earned a “C,” representing an average grade based on the performance and capacity of existing public works. Among the problems identified within Fragile Foundations were increasing congestion and deferred maintenance and age of the system; the authors of the report worried that fiscal investment May 2017


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1988*

1998

2001

2005

2009

2013

2017

was inadequate to meet the current operations costs and future demands on the system. In each of ASCE’s six Report Cards, the Society found that these same problems persist. Our nation’s infrastructure is aging, underperforming, and in need of sustained care and action.

Aviation

B-

C-

D

D+

D

D

D

Bridges

C-

C

C

C

C+

C+

Dams

D

D

D+

D

D

D

Drinking Water

B-

D

D

D-

D-

D

D

Energy

D+

D

D+

D+

D+

Elected officials from both sides of the political aisle and at all levels of government regularly cite the Report Card, beginning with the very first release in 1998, when President Bill Clinton referenced the Report Card’s grade for Schools. President Obama used the 2009 and 2013 Report Cards to build his case for infrastructure investment. News reports reference the Report Card on a daily basis, with mentions in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, USA Today, The Washington Post,  and the Los Angeles Times, as well as on National Public Radio, NBC’s Today Show, 60 Minutes, CBS Evening News, and HBO’s Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, among many others.

Hazardous Waste

D

D-

D+

D

D

D

D+

Inland Waterways

B-

D+

D-

D-

D-

D

Levees

D-

D-

D

Ports

C

C+

Public Parks & Recreation

C-

C-

C-

D+

Rail

C-

C-

C+

B

Roads

C+

D-

D+

D

D-

D

D

Schools

D

F

D-

D

D

D

D+

Solid Waste

C-

C-

C+

C+

C+

B-

C+

Transit

C-

C-

C-

D+

D

D

D-

Wastewater

C

D+

D

D-

D-

D

D+

GPA

C

D

D+

D

D

D+

D+

Cost to Improve**

$1.3T

$1.6T

$2.2T

$3.6T

$4.59T

***** NOTICE ***** Texas Water Utilities Association 62nd Annual East Texas Regional School August 27th thru August 31st, 2017 Harvey Convention Center, 2000 W. Front St., Tyler, Texas EFFECTIVE MARCH 1, 2017 – WATER & WASTEWATER OCCUPATIONAL LICENSE APPLICATIONS HAVE TO BE PRE-APPROVED BEFORE YOU CAN CHALLENGE A STATE OPERATOR EXAM. YOU MUST COMPLETE AND SUBMIT AN ELECTRONIC APPLICATION TO TCEQ AT LEAST 60 DAYS PRIOR TO EXAM OR TEST DATE. IF YOU ARE PLANNING TO TAKE A TEST AT THE EAST TEXAS REGIONAL SCHOOL (TYLER) YOU MUST COMPLETE AND SUBMIT AN APPLICATION TO TCEQ BEFORE JUNE 27, 2017. HTTP://WWW.TCEQ.TEXAS.GOV/LICENSING/EAPP

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Texas Water Utilities Association

62nt Annual East Texas Regional School 24hr Classes Start on August 28th All Other Classes August 29th thru 31st, 2017

Harvey Convention Center, 2000 W. Front St., Tyler, Texas COURSE OFFERINGS WATER Basic Water * Surface Water Production I (24hr) Surface Water Production II Ground Water Production Water Distribution

WASTEWATER Basic Wastewater Wastewater Treatment Wastewater Collection Wastewater Lab

WATER & WASTEWATER Utilities Safety Utilities Management Utilities Calculations Pumps & Pumping

* Pre-Registration Required for Surface Water Production I (24 Hour Class). Class starts at 1:00 p.m. on Monday August 28th 2017 at Harvey Convention Center All other classes start at 9:00 a.m. Tuesday, August 29th, 2017. Final class room locations for 20 hour courses will be available at registration NO WALK UP TESTING PRE-APPROVAL PAPERWORK MUST BE SUBMITTED TO TCEQ 60 DAYS PRIOR TO TESTING. Exams for Class “B, C, D” and Class “I, II, & III” certifications will be given at 1:30 pm August 31st. Class “A” exams are 8:30am on August 29th. Contact TCEQ (512-239-6133) in advance to schedule “A” exam.

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Holiday Inn South Broadway – 5701 S. Broadway, Tyler, TX 75703 903-561-5800 $99.00 for King / Double Rooms Breakfast Buffet Included Link: Host Hotel  Reservations  with  Breakfast (Cutoff Date 8/14/2017) Specify East Texas Regional Water School

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In the News

It’s been almost three years since Flint’s water crisis began. What have we learned? February 26, 2017 · Writer Julia Franz In 2014, the city of Flint, Michigan changed the source of its water from the city of Detroit to the Flint River. But in the transition to river water, officials did not implement proper anti-corrosion measures. Lead leached from old pipes into the water supply, and in some homes, lead levels measured 10 times higher than the limit set by the Environmental Protection Agency. Last month, lead levels in Flint’s city water finally tested below federal-action level. But residents are still being cautioned to use filters on their faucets, or to drink bottled water. Flint’s current water infrastructure has been damaged by corrosion, experts say. And the ongoing cleanup in Flint holds lessons for other American communities, many of which still have old lead pipes in their underground networks. “We once thought we could do a very good job protecting the public and make the water safe even if they have a lead pipe,” says Marc Edwards, an engineer at Virginia Tech who alerted officials to high lead levels in Flint’s water. “And in the aftermath of Flint, what we now realize, is, that’s not the case, that probably we’re never going to be able to say that it’s safe to drink water from a lead pipe — not only in Flint but in fact, all around the United States.” In Flint’s case, officials  decided against  adding a corrosion inhibitor when they first switched to river water. As Edwards explains, the decision not to use the chemical, which coats pipes to keep lead out of the water supply, had lasting consequences. “There is damage that was done during this time period that’s irreversible,” he says. “Specifically, corrosion eats holes in metals, it weakens the pipes. So, to some extent, during this time there were massive outbreaks of water main breaks. Literally, the water was eating holes through the iron pipes.” Edwards calls corrosion control “an important Band-Aid,” but says that ultimately, it does not solve the problem of lead in public water systems. That takes replacing the pipes — including the galvanized iron ones that have been tainted by lead. “What we discovered in Flint is that some of the worst houses actually had a lead pipe followed by a galvanized iron pipe,” he explains. “And what had happened over the almost a century 24 Texas Water Utilities Journal www.twua.org

some of these pipes had been in the ground is, the iron rust on the galvanized iron pipe sponged up lead at very, very high levels. And when the corrosion control was discontinued, that iron rust fell off with a lot of lead coming with it.” As of January, Flint had removed about 800 lead-tainted pipes. The city  estimates  as many as 28,000 more may need to be replaced. But in Flint, locating lead pipes has not meant a one-stop look at a service map. Flint’s not alone. Lindsey Smith of Michigan Public Radio has reported that many cities do not know where their lead pipes are buried — but an estimated 6 million lead service lines are still in use across the US. “They’re really common in older cities,” she says. After Flint’s crisis began, Martin Kaufman, an environmental hydrologist at the University of Michigan in Flint, helped the city digitally piece together information about where its lead service lines are. He says it was not easy — Flint’s records were all on paper. “The city of Flint had used paper maps to record an indicator on parcel maps, 240 of them, what type of pipe was servicing a parcel in the city,” he says. And the data, which was only recorded until 1984, was also incomplete. Records were missing for 11,000 property parcels — nearly one-fifth of the 56,000 total parcels in Flint. Kaufman says it was enough to create a “preliminary indication” of where the city’s lead service pipes were. But other cities have begun the process of replacing lead pipes, only to discover a much bigger problem than they’d imagined. Washington, DC, for instance, tried to replace its lead pipes in the early 2000s. “And the more they looked, the more lead pipes they found,” Edwards says. The city ran into another problem: Many residents were not willing to pay for their share of the new lines connecting their homes to the water main. “Less than 1 percent of the people did that,” he says. According to The Washington Post, the city performed nearly 15,000 partial replacements between 2004 and 2008, replacing lead lines until they reached private property. “And so this is actually creating a long-term problem in that the city’s records indicate there’s no May 2017


lead pipe,” Edwards adds. “You’ve also disturbed the lead pipe and you’ve connected it to copper, and actually you’ve left the situation worse than you found it, in many cases.”

based on the year that the home was built, or the year that the home had attached to the water main.”

Eventually, he says, Washington, DC “spent $100 million, actually increased the incidence of lead poisoning, and found more lead pipes than they’d ever imagine. And they just gave up.”

For anyone concerned about lead pipes in their city or home, Edwards says to check online for tips on identifying pipe materials. “The one thing you can be sure of if you have a lead pipe coming into your house, you have a very significant health risk,” he says. 

Meanwhile, cities like Madison, Wisconsin, and Lansing, Michigan, have successfully removed  their lead service lines. Edwards notes that in Lansing, the city owned the entire water line leading to homes. “That was one advantage they had to getting all of their lead pipes out of the ground.”

“What you can’t be sure of, is, if you have a copper or galvanized iron pipe coming into your house, that there’s a lead pipe somewhere out there that you don’t see. And so for that, you need the city to come and usually dig a hole in your yard, unfortunately.”

And according to Smith, other cities like Kalamazoo, Michigan, are testing for lead more stringently than before. “They’re actually verifying that they are testing the homes that they’re supposed to,” she says. That means sending people into homes to physically check water lines, rather than basing information on records or dates of construction.

And for immediate protection, Edwards recommends that consumers worried about lead install a filter on their faucet.

“And that is such a key because I mean, in Detroit’s case, as an example, I mean that’s the biggest city in Michigan, and it has, by far, the most lead service lines of any city in the state,” she says. “And they were determining where lead service lines were

“It cleans the water that passes through all the lead pipes, and there’s no chance that the water will get contaminated after it flows from the faucet into your cup or cooking utensil.” This article is based on an interview that aired on PRI’s Science Friday. 

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Field News

Water Resources: Where Do We Go From Here? RICHARD M. OLLER

Current water supplies are projected to lag behind the population growth in Texas. Population is projected to almost double by 2060 while water supplies as we know them today will fall short by almost 30%. We can’t manufacture water, so what exactly will happen if we run out? It’s ironic that on a planet that is 70 percent water, people don’t have enough clean, safe water to drink. But the freshwater on Earth makes up just three percent of the water supply. Less than one percent is freely available; the rest is tied up in ice, as in icebergs, glaciers, and snowcaps. Water resources cover a vast array of sources of water. Rain is the source of all water. Rainwater capture has historically been the basis of many disputes and claims. Water disputes have increased with increased demands for water by agricultural uses and public use.

OC Fisher Lake, San Angelo, TX © San Antonio News

Droughts have escalated over the years with the most recent serious drought occurring from 2007 to 2011. This drought caused the reservoirs in Texas to suffer the most significant loss of water in recent history. Reservoirs were constructed for the sole purpose of capturing runoff water in productive watersheds for public drinking water, agricultural use, and recreation. However, these reservoirs dried up or were depleted to the levels below conservation pool levels, leaving only benthic levels of water and mud. Public supplies were drastically reduced to emergency levels and conservation plans were implemented to reduce unnecessary use throughout Texas. 26 Texas Water Utilities Journal www.twua.org

OC Fisher Lake Algae Bloom © Onlyinyourstate.com

What is currently being done? The Texas Water Plan has identified various water sources to supplement current water supplies. The majority of water used for agriculture and public drinking water is groundwater. Groundwater is stressed due to the various demands placed on a “common” source and the number of wells, “straws” that penetrate the same underground supply. Withdrawal rates have far exceeded recharge capabilities. The State Water Plan was designed to identify what alternative supplies were considered realistic to supplement the demands from agricultural and urban uses. The State Water Plan has identified reuse of wastewater and brackish water as the two main water sources to supplement the demands for drinking water supplies. Cities, municipalities, and rural communities are developing less than optimal water resources for drinking water. Advanced water treatment systems are being used to treat this less than optimal water. In other areas, water quality has high Fluoride and Arsenic levels and requires advanced treatment. These systems are required because the water quality is increasing in contaminants due to the depleting groundwater levels—more concentrated, less dilution. West Texas has always had a high TDS level, but with lower well yields due to higher pumping demands to meet increased water use, higher TDS levels are increasing. Higher TDS also includes higher chloride levels, leaving more brackish water than what has typically been seen for public water supplies. Groundwater throughout Texas is depleting from overuse and abuse. The cheapest water is the water that is currently being used/supplied. “New” water requiring higher treatment costs May 2017


is now the norm, and will require more treatment and better management, including more operational supervision. Overall water quality in our distribution systems will require more monitoring to assure a safe public supply. Where do we go from here? Better management of our groundwater is a must. Understanding the political environment and its hurdles will require constant vigilance. Water rights and securing future water for cities is an ongoing and tedious process. Persistence and good management practices will be the key to success in maintaining sustainable groundwater OC Fisher Lake, San Angelo, TX supplies. Management © San Antonio News of these supplies with their increasing treatment requirements will require open and continuous communication with users. Costs for treatment are increasing while customer expectations are also rising. Higher quality water and a “safe” water are the customer standard today. Maintaining service and immediate response is also expected by the customer when interruptions affect them. Providing this service as a utility carries higher and continually increasing costs

associated with treatment and delivery. Utilities are required to do more with less as a result. Financial Implications Managing the financial issues associated with these changing dynamics is tricky at best. Increased treatment costs to provide “safe” water while being responsive to customer’s needs and service are done on relatively unchanged budgets from years ago. Increases in cost of water and service have not kept pace with changes in treatment due to lower water quality. Likewise, more responsive service requires additional personnel and equipment that has not typically kept pace with revenues. Utility rate increases and/or increased fees are seen as “fat government”, and customers do not accept rate increases easily. Agreement and acceptance for needed increases requires transparency and more open communication and community outreach. Explaining why new treatment is required and how this treatment operates and the unknowns associated with changing water quality are key points to be communicated. Better water planning is required by all utilities in order to maintain a sustainable supply, and must include all possible water resources ranked according to cost to secure/acquire, treatment, monitoring, testing and reporting. A more intensive planning and alternative water development is required. Experience in developing water resources is a must in securing these new sources.

From growing cities to already established communities, water infrastructure needs to be designed and managed with high tech solutions, but more importantly, with you in mind. At oei we work with you to develop these solutions while keeping you at the forefront of our business

Rich Oller, PE | 806.993.6227 | rich.oller@oei-eng.com www.oei-eng.com

May 2017

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TCEQ MARCH LICENSES BACKFLOW PREVENTION ASSEMBLY TESTER BARNES, LARRY T BIELAMOWICZ, MARK J JR BLANCO, ROLANDO BOWSER, KEVIN T BROWNING, JASON R CASIAS, CHARLES E CLANTON, TRACY G COLLAZO, JUAN CRANE, MICHAEL E DANIELS, JOE E JR DRUMMOND, JOHN W ESCOBEDO, JAIRO A FARISH, DAVID O GALVAN, JESSE J GARRETT, BILLIE W JR GREEN, JASON D JACKSON, GEORGE L JR JOHNSON, WILLIAM D LAWSON, CODY D LILLEY, PAUL R MCPHERSON, LELAND L MONFREDA, MATTHEW ORTEGA, MARTIN J OSTERTAG, DANIEL J PREJEAN, JARED A RAMIREZ, RICHARD L REDVELSKI, AARYN K SMITH, GORDON W STRICKLAND, KEITH M TAYLOR, CORALIN I CUSTOMER SERVICE INSPECTOR BROOKBANK, ROSS A BROOKS, JAMES C DIXON, CHARLES R GASTON, ROBB A JONES, DALE L KONCABA, KYLE A MONFREDA, MATTHEW OBANNON, RONALD C OLIVER, ASHTON R RAMIREZ, ROBERT RAMONDELAO, ALEXI ROBNETT, AUSTIN S RYALS, JASON L SALAZAR, FRANCISCO JR SCOTT, AUSTIN S VALDEZ, ABIGAIL WEYANT, BRADLEY J GROUND WATER TREATMENT OPERATOR CLASS B SAUCEDA, ELISEO CLASS C BORREGO, RICHARD D

CAMACHO, RUSSELL R CARLOCK, JOHN D DUNK, CADE E ELROD, ADAM R GUTIERREZ, JOHN R HAMILTON, MICHAEL W HART, MARVIN A LAWSON, JASON W LUNDMARK, BRENT T MONTGOMERY, JOHN J PITTS, DANIEL RASH, KENNETH F JR WATSON, KRISTINA S WELCH, GEORGE R

ADETUNJI, OLUFUNSO A CHOATE, LINDY T GABRIEL, JOEY G HOLLEY, SKYLAR M PARISH, DANIEL W XU, ZHIHUA

CONTRERAS, PEDRO JR DUNN, JACKIE W GARCIA, ALBERT M HELM, JONATHON M JURADO, ADRIAN A MANZANO, ISAI MARTINEZ, JESUS JR MCCARDLE, CORY A MENDOZA, JUSTIN J NEAL, BEN K NELON, NICHOLAS A NITSCH, GARRETT M OCONNOR, DAVID A ORTIZ, JUSTIN L RIGDON, ROBERT J RUTHERFURD, GEOFF E RYALS, JASON L SAUNDERS, MATTHEW A SMITH, KYLE K SULLIVAN, CODY W TORRES, GREGORY M TURPIN, CARTER W VILTZ, DENNIS J WELBORN, STEPHEN A II WITHERSPOON, STEVEN C YOUNGER, RICHARD A

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WATER OPERATOR

ALTMAN, RICHARD K CALDWELL, CLINTON R CLAYTON, WAYLON F COMER, JORDAN L EVERETTE, JOHN T HALL, TERRY L HOLDER, JASON D HOYT, BRADLEE C HUTTO, JUSTIN T JONES, JAMES LYNN MOELLERING, KARL E RANFT, THOMAS J REYNOLDS, JARROD N SCHULER, MARK D TROUPE, JOHN R WARREN, JEFFERY W WILLIAMS, JOHN N YARNELL, MARK L

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SURFACE WATER TREATMENT OPERATOR CLASS B

WATER DISTRIBUTION OPERATOR CLASS B BRANTLEY, ALLEN W FOLEY, JIMMY F JR WALTERSCHEID, BRUCE A CLASS C ALLEN, TREY ALVAREZ, JOSEPH A BRANDSTETTER, CORY T CARRERA, DEREK W CASTLE, MATTHEW D CASTRO, JESSIE J

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COLEMAN, JAMES R RODRIGUEZ, ALEJANDRO SALAZAR, IGNACIO CLASS D ADAMS, SHAWN J BERMEA, ISAAC BISHOP, ZACH K BLACK, MICHAEL J BRANDSTETTER, TYLOR R BURKETT, ANDREW J BYRD, JUSTIN L CARDONA, SAUL A CASTELLON, RICHARD L CASWELL, DARRELL W CAVAZOS, DISIDORO A CAZARES, ISABEL S CELAYA, RICHARD A CHAPA, DAVID E CROUCH, LOGAN W DAFONTE, JERED C DAY, JAMES D DEAN, PAUL A DELUNA, FERNANDO A JR DICKERSON, CLAYTON N EICHER, DERRICK J FASKE, GERRY L FLEMING, BRYAN C FLOOD, GLENN R FREEMAN, BRANDON A FUSELIER, JACOB B GALLAGHER, COLYN P GARZA, LUIS C

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CLASS A ANDERSON, CHRISTOPHER A BAKER, JAQUETTA L CRANE, KEVIN S LEVINE, ANDREW SIFUENTES, JOSUE E WEIR, CARRIE D

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Our company, WLProspecting provides an umbrella of products & services that lower your risk and assist in the day to day management of your water system. Our solutions include completion and submittal of both the TWDB water audit worksheet and water use survey, industry leading leak detection products and services, meter testing and analysis and much more. Let us design a water loss program best suited for your utility needs. We achieve excellence by providing the best service and technology in the industry by understanding and listening to your needs. We are the Texas Distributor for Primayer Leak Detection products and services. We can also conduct leak detection surveys for large and small systems. Our products include AMI correlators and loggers, ground microphones, lift n shift loggers and other correlators. Mark Mathis 512.718.7611 WLProspectingtx.com

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TWUA CLASSIFIED ADS FIELD TECHNICIAN Houston Area Individual would be responsible for start up, troubleshooting and maintenance of water and wastewater treatment equipment. Would work from base in Houston and cover facilities in South Texas. We offer a competitive salary based on experience, medical benefits, expenses, vehicle (or vehicle allowance), vacation and a 401K plan after one year of service.

VARIOUS OPENING Pearland, Texas Please visit pearlandtx.gov/careers to view and apply for various opening in the Public Works Department WATER / WASTEWATER FACILITY OPERATORS Houston

Experience working in water or wastewater treatment plants. Additional training will be provided

EDP is looking for WATER/WASTEWATER FACILITY OPERATORS for various Houston/Fort Bend locations

High School degree minimum. Salary: Based on experience level

This position performs operation of water and wastewater facilities in accordance with all regulatory and company requirements.

Hartwell Environmental Corp. Ron Culp 2813518501

• Adheres to all company policies as they relate to job functions

Fax resume and salary requirements to: 2813518323 Email resume and salary requirements to: rculp@hartwellenv.com OPERATOR / WATER SUPPLY DISTRIBUTION Oller Engineering, Inc. West Texas Area This is a full time, salaried position that is immediately available in the West Texas Area for a certified “C” Water Operator or above. The position requires daily oversight and maintenance associated with a groundwater supply system, wells, RO Treatment, booster station, ground storage tankage and a hydropneumatics pressure system. The current system serves approximately 300 connections and is expanding. The successful candidate will be an integral part of assisting in the planning and expansion of the overall system. Compensation is open based on actual experience and management capabilities. Please send resume and experience record to wateroperations1@gmail.com.

• Performs process control and other duties necessary for routine facility operation • Identifies and reports any mechanical failures or maintenance needs • Accurately records compliance documentation as related to routine operations • Accurately records and submits time worked documentation and service orders • Attends meetings necessary to provide operator representation • Performs technical troubleshooting • Perform water quality evaluation and communicate with the public • Provides training and mentoring to operator trainees • Ensures vehicle, equipment, and tools are kept clean, organized and in working order • Available 24/7 365 days/year for emergency response unless prior approval is granted for absence

aptitude, and troubleshooting procedures as they relate to facility operations QUALIFICATIONS: • Professional appearance • High School Diploma or equivalent • Class “C” or higher TCEQ water and wastewater facility operator certification • Valid Class C Driver License with insurable driving record. For an application or to submit a resume please email employmentopportunities@ edpwater.com

WATER OPERATOR Montalba, Texas Now hiring licensed Class “C” groundwater treatment operator. Must have CDL license or ability to obtain within 90 days. Starting salary $18.00/hr. Great Benefits. Visit our website for more details. www. brushycreekwsc.org Fax Resume to 903-549-2488 WATER / WASTEWATER OPERATOR Houston/ Spring Area Hays Utility South is looking for experienced licensed water and wastewater operators with Double “C” or higher issued by State of Texas ( TCEQ ). Applicant must have clear driving record in order to drive company vehicle. Hays Utility South J Baker Fax resume and salary requirements to: 281-353-6105 Email resume and salary requirements to: jbaker@haysutility.com

• Assists other departments as needed • Must have proficient understanding of biological treatment processes, technical

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