Apply for the 2021 Iowa Water Industry Leadership Institute!

The American Water Works Association - Iowa Section is pleased to announce the seventh session of the Iowa Water Industry Leadership Institute. The Leadership Institute is strategically crafted to provide a forum for new and emerging water industry leaders to build their personal leadership skills by offering a balanced blend of discussion-oriented presentations and experience-based, hands-on skill-building. What makes the Iowa Water Industry Leadership Institute distinctive is that the curriculum has been customized to the unique leadership demands of Iowa’s water professions.

For more information on the Iowa Water Industry Leadership Institute and to download application materials, visit the Leadership Institute page.

Applications must be received by Friday, May 28, 2021.

Posted: 5/7/2021

It's Drinking Water Week!

Drinking Water Week offers consumers an opportunity to recognize the hardworking people performing various roles ensuring tap water is “There When You Need It.”

Whether it’s an engineer designing a capital project, an operator ensuring the safety and quality of drinking water or a member of a distribution crew maintaining the infrastructure in our community, water professionals work around the clock to ensure tap water is there when you need it. 

The Iowa Section AWWA would like to say THANK YOU to all our drinking water professionals!

About Drinking Water Week
For several decades, AWWA and its members have celebrated Drinking Water Week, a unique
opportunity for both water professionals and the communities they serve to join together in
recognizing the vital role water plays in daily lives. Free materials for download and additional
information about Drinking Water Week are available on the Drinking Water Week webpage.

REMINDER - Call for Abstracts due MAY 7!

The Iowa Section of the American Water Works Association is extending an invitation to submit an abstract for presentations at the AWWA-IA Annual Meeting on October 26-28, 2021 in Cedar Rapids, IA. Abstracts will be used to develop the program tracks for the annual meeting. The tracks considered are: general interest/all attendees, management, treatment, and distribution. If necessary, preference will be given to those presentations eligible for multiple CEU categories and information pertinent to Iowa utilities and members.

 All submissions must comply with the following guidelines. Failure to observe these requirements may result in submission errors or rejection of the abstract during the review process.

  • Complete your submission by the deadline of May 7, 2021
  • No duplicate abstracts
  • Abstract text may be no longer than 300 words.
  • Omit graphics, attachments, or other additional information
  • Abstract submissions are limited to text only.
  • No graphics, attachments or addenda will be considered.

CLICK HERE to submit an abstract online.

Free Online Workshop - Small System Cybersecurity Training

This workshop is being held May 18-19, 2021 from 9 am to Noon each day. This workshop is part of a special workshop series made possible through the collaboration of the American Water Works Association (AWWA), the US Department of Agriculture (USDA), and the Partnership for Safe Water. Participants will learn how to recognize cybersecurity threats, how to complete the self-assessment questionnaire, and utilize the AWWA cybersecurity controls for small systems. Based on the cybersecurity self assessment and cybersecurity controls for small utilities, participants learn how to identify at-risk areas and how to apply that with USDA to get the funding started. All participants receive dedicated, follow-up technical assistance and helpful documents from AWWA.

What does the workshop cover?

Session 1 - Cybersecurity (3 hours of professional credit available)
• Why is Cybersecurity Important
• Self-Assessment Questionnaire using the Tool
• Cybersecurity Controls for Small Systems

Session 2 - Optimization and Accessing Funding (3 hours of professional credit available)
• Overview of the AWWA Partnership for Safe Water Programs
• How to conduct a self-assessment in order to optimize your operations
• General Management/Administration, Finance, Asset Management, Source Water Protection and Distribution System Operations.
• How to apply for low interest funding through the USDA. (a representative from your local USDA office will present this information and answer any questions you may have)

CLICK HERE to register for this event.

Iowa Project AWARE River Cleanup Comes to Raccoon River in 2021

Iowa Project AWARE, the annual canoe-based volunteer river cleanup, will convene in central Iowa this year. The cleanup has been set for July 11-16 on the Middle and South Raccoon Rivers in Carroll, Guthrie, and Dallas Counties. A group from the Iowa Section of the American Water Works Association and the Iowa Water Environment Association (IAWEA) is being organized by Taylor Hopper (contact information below).

The AWWA/IAWEA group will participate in two to three days on the river, starting July 12. (Sunday, July 11 will consist of a meet & greet and camping.) AWWA/IAWEA members and friends are welcome to participate for all or part of the group outing or even stay longer if desired. Sign up soon for the lowest cost; the pre-sale discount expires April 15. Additional discounts are available for young professional and student members of the Iowa Section AWWA and IAWEA.

For more information visit or contact Taylor at 515.233.0000 or [email protected]

Caption: A canoe-maran is utilized to haul a deep freeze found in the river during Iowa Project AWARE

Posted: 4/8/2021

ACE21 is All Virtual!

AWWA has announced it is transforming the 2021 AWWA Annual Conference and Exposition (ACE21) into an all-virtual event. Registration information for the ACE21 All Virtual event and details on refunds, hotel and airline cancellations, exhibit and sponsor questions are available on the ACE website.

AWWA Water Equation Recaps 2020 Impact

Check your inbox for the February issue of Water Connections!

In this issue you will find:

  - Water For People Committee Update: Fundraising Milestone, Final 2020 Fundraising Results, 30th Anniversary Celebration and Odds and Ends, by Taylor Hopper, FOX Engineering

  - Feature Article: Ames Water Treatment Plant Split Treatment Study, by Neil Weiss, City of Ames Water and Pollution Control Department

  - AWWA-IA Board Update: Spring Short Course and Annual Conference Update

  - Fluoridation Series: Article 1 of 4

Posted: 2/26/2021

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 

Why Join AWWA?

Imagine having 60,000 additional staff members to help you research, analyze, solve problems and improve a process. Being a member of the American Water Works Association brings you all of this and more!

Membership benefits everyone from operators to regulators, manufacturers to consumers, and utility managers to students. Whatever the job, you need timely, accurate information to get things done. Join AWWA today and get what you need to succeed!  

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The Benefits of Membership

Your AWWA membership gives you access to valuable tools, technical resources, training and publications that help you sharpen your skills and advance your career in the water sector.

Becoming a member means connecting with a whole community of people who are dedicated to the same important goal. You’ll get discounts on national conferences and have the chance to join networking events and initiatives with other professionals in your local Section.  Join us in our mission to create a better world through better water.