There's still time to register for the AWWA-IA Fall Virtual Conference!

The Fall Virtual Conference is just days away and you still have time to register for it! Training sessions will be held the mornings of Oct. 13-15th. You can register for one day or all three! A reminder that you must register for each day that you plan to attend. Registration for this event is FREE and CEU's will be offered.

For registration and agenda details you can download the Event Flyer or visit the Section Events Calendar.

Posted: 10/9/2020

Water for People Virtual Silent Auction is October 1 - 15, 2020!

Water for People Iowa Committee is holding its first ever Virtual Silent Auction with all net proceeds going to Water for People. The auction is held through Bidding Owl at the following URL:

The auction opens October 1st at 8:00 AM and closes October 15th at 5:00 PM. The auction has several items donated by our amazing sponsors. Below is a partial list of items already donated:


  • Martin Backpacker Travel Guitar
  • Apple Watch
  • Yeti/Grizzly Coolers
  • Golf Taylor Made Driver
  • Various Baskets (Fishing, Pampering, Beer/Wine, etc.)
  • Bose Noise Canceling Headphones
  • Tools
  • Autographed memorabilia

If you prefer to give a cash donation to Water for People, you can do that as well. Please find our donate button on the auction page. Each cash donation will be matched dollar for dollar.

A huge THANK YOU to our longtime and new auction sponsors: Clow Valve, Mellen and Associates, FOX Engineering, Stanley Consultants, Mark Cramer, Electric Pump, MC2, Modern Coating Solutions, Harris Seidel, Water for People, City of Ames, Bolton and Menk, Winnie Gleason, JEO Consulting Group, MMG and ARI, Iowa Pump Works, Bert Gurney and Associates, Aero-Mod Inc., Tom Neumann, and Victaulic

Consider this a friendly reminder that the virtual golf outing is also open until October 9th. To participate, golf on your own anytime before the October 9 deadline, and submit your score and a $20 entry fee. Teams will be drawn from a hat and prizes will be awarded. Multiple entries are allowed for $20 each. Net proceeds will benefit Water For People and the Xicotepec Project, with half going to each cause. (The Xicotepec Project is a program of Rotary District 6000 and the beneficiary of the annual IAWEA golf outing.)

Please contact Jonathan Contag at 515-233-0000 or [email protected] with any questions or comments on the Silent Auction. Any other questions or comments can be directed to Taylor Hopper, Water For People Committee Chair, at 515.520.9702 or [email protected]. Thank you for your continued support of Water For People!

Posted 9/28/2020

Attend the AWWA-IA Virtual Poster Contest and Social Hour!

We are excited to announce we are having a student/YP virtual poster contest, followed by a social hour, during the AWWA-IA Fall Virtual Workshop this year! The virtual poster contest will be held on October 14, 3-4 pm, followed by the virtual social hour 4-5 pm. All are welcome to attend! A link will be provided at a later date. Please contact Katie Greenstein, AWWA-IA YP Committee Chair ([email protected]) with any questions.

Posted 9/28/2020

Small Systems Training: Optimization & Accessing Funding to Improve Small Systems

Where: Online Training

Dates: November 3-4, 2020; 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. each day

CEUs Available
This 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 US Department of Agriculture (USDA), and the Partnership for Safe Water.

Registration link:

Email questions about this training to: [email protected]

Posted: 9/21/2020

Become a Sponsor of the 2020 AWWA-IA Fall Virtual Workshop!

The Iowa Section AWWA is proud to offer an exciting virtual training opportunity to our industry at the AWWA-IA Fall Virtual Workshop on October 13th - 15th, 2020. While we are missing the traditions of our face to face annual conference, we are excited to provide this great service to our industry at no cost to members. The conference will consist of 1.25 CEUs of premier presentations from our industry’s best. A few of the great training topics include:

  • Panel Discussion on the Challenges of 2020
  • Small System Membership
  • Chloramination
  • Drone Technology
  • Ethics
  • America’s Water Infrastructure Act of 2018
  • USDA Source Water Protection and the Farm Bill

We are expecting a great event, and the Iowa AWWA Section would love to invite your organization or company to be a sponsor for this event! Sponsorship provides the opportunity for your organization to receive exposure to individuals, organizations, utilities, and companies in our industry.

Because this training is being offered at no cost as a service to our members and the industry, sponsorships are the primary source of funding for this event. As a sponsor, your organization or company will be recognized during the event through:

  • Recognition at the Opening Session each day
  • Display of your company or organization’s logo during breaks
  • Posting your logo on the conference website
  • Recognition of our sponsors in conference related emails to members and attendees

Attached is a form that provides information on sponsorship. Beyond your sponsorship, we welcome you to join us by attending the AWWA-IA Fall Virtual Workshop. We look forward to hearing from you. For more information about this event, please contact [email protected].org.

On behalf of the Iowa Section AWWA Board, we thank you very much for your support.

Jenny Puffer, P.E., Chair
Andy Kohler, Immediate Past Chair
Lyle Hammes, P.E., 3rd Year Trustee
Jenny Ruddy, P.E., 2nd Year Trustee
Mark Moeller, P.E., 1st Year Trustee
Kyle Danley, P.E., Treasurer
Mark Duben, P.E., International Director

Posted 9/14/2020

Water For People Fall Virtual Events

In spite of unusual circumstances this year, Water For People still needs our support. The following options are available to support Water For People this fall. All fundraisers are being combined for Iowa Section AWWA and IAWEA.

  • Virtual Silent Auction: A silent auction will be held online at After processing and shipping fees, 100-percent of successful bid value will go to Water For People. Item donations will be solicited soon, but feel free to reach out to Jonathan Contag (515.233.0000 or [email protected]) if you would like to donate an item. The auction is scheduled for October 1-15; click the above link or see the Virtual Silent Auction flyer for details.
  • A virtual cup collection via PayPal donation button is available on the silent auction landing page. After processing fees, 100-percent of these contributions will go to Water For People. The donation page can be accessed directly by clicking here.
  • Virtual Golf Outing: To participate, golf on your own anytime before the October 9 deadline, and submit your score and a $20 entry fee. Teams will be drawn from a hat and prizes will be awarded. Multiple entries are allowed for $20 each. Net proceeds will benefit Water For People and the Xicotepec Project, with half going to each cause. (The Xicotepec Project is a program of Rotary District 6000 and the beneficiary of the annual IAWEA golf outing.) See the Virtual Golf Outing flyer for details.

Please direct any questions or comments to Taylor Hopper, Water For People Committee Chair, at 515.520.9702 or [email protected]. Thank you for your continued support of Water For People.

Posted: 9/1/2020

Register for the AWWA-IA Fall Virtual Workshop

The Iowa-AWWA Board of Trustees is proud to offer the 2020 AWWA-IA Fall Virtual Workshop!  This FREE virtual training will run October 13-15, 2020 with sessions being held during the morning hours only.  This workshop will replace the traditional AWWA-IA annual conference this year. CEUs will be available in both Water Treatment and Distribution. Details on claiming and submitting CEUs will be given to you during the virtual workshop.

For registration and agenda details you can download the Event Flyer or visit the Section Events Calendar.

Stay tuned for future details and announcements regarding the 2020 AWWA-IA Fall Virtual Workshop including a Water For People virtual golf outing and silent auction as well as the AWWA-IA Business Meeting. 

Posted: 8/24/2020

August 16-22 was 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
Updated: 8/17/2020

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

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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