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August 16-22, 2020 is Water and Wastewater Workers of Iowa Week!

W/WW Worker WeekOn July 15, 2020, Governor Kim Reynolds proclaimed August 16-22, 2020 as Water and Wastewater Workers of Iowa Week to recognize water and wastewater workers in Iowa for their dedication to improving quality of life and protecting public health. CLICK HERE to view the proclamation.  

 

  

 

 

 

 

  

Posted: 8/3/2020 


AWWA-Iowa Section Annual Conference Update

by Jenny Puffer, AWWA-Iowa Section Chair, Des Moines Water Works

What a year 2020 has been! Earlier this year, we had to cancel the Spring Short Course due to COVID-19 only a few weeks before it was scheduled. Recently, the Iowa Section AWWA Board made the difficult decision to cancel the remaining in-person training events scheduled for this year. There are too many unknowns at this time related to COVID-19 and the rules around in-person events. However, the Board also knows many of our members need to acquire CEUs for their licenses that they would normally obtain at our regular trainings and conferences. Therefore, we are pleased to announce we will be holding a virtual Annual Conference in October that will combine the Fall Short Course and the Annual Conference into one event. Members will be able to attend virtual training over the course of several days the week of October 12, 2020. CEUs will be available in both Water Distribution and Water Treatment. This virtual conference is still in the planning stages, but we wanted members to know it is coming. Mark your calendars and stay tuned for more specifics!

Posted 7/23/2020


Small Systems Workshop: Optimizing Performance & Accessing Funding to Improve Small Systems

This FREE workshop is intended for small water utility systems located within the state of Iowa, made possible through a Small Systems collaboration of the American Water Works Association (AWWA), the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), and the Partnership for Safe Water. IDNR CEUs will be available.

Date: July 27-28, 2020
Time: 8:30 - 11:30 am each day
Location: Virtual Workshop

Register for this event at: https://www.awwa.org/Events/AWWA-Events-Calendar/Meeting-Details?productId=85012993

Visit the AWWA-IA Section events calendar for more information on this event.

Posted: 7/8/2020


FEMA Infrared Thermometers Available to Critical Infrastructure Workers through IOWARN Network

A limited supply of infrared thermometers have been made available through IOWARN for utilities that are implementing procedures requiring employees to undergo temperature scans when arriving at work or begin to feel ill. Thermometers are available for pickup at specific water/wastewater utilities in each of the six IDNR Regions. Download the IOWARN notice for additional information on how to obtain a thermometer in your area.  

Posted: 6/23/2020 


AWWA Government Affairs Office Requests Water Utility Participation

NRCS Refining Source Water Protection Local Priorities for Fiscal Year 2021

The National Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) headquarters has requested that each NRCS state office designate high priority source water protection areas for prioritizing future use of conservation funds.  The AWWA Government Affairs Office is encouraging water utilities to contact their local NRCS office to discuss their source water areas and needs to assist the NRCS in determining these priority areas. Download the Government Affairs Office letter to AWWA Members and NRCS National Bulletin for additional information.  The NRCS's deadline for prioritizing watersheds is September 30, 2020.

Posted: 6/17/2020


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