March/April Worth Noting

People/Awards; Education; Events


The Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies honored 12 public drinking water systems with its top utility management awards. Platinum Awards for Utility Excellence were presented to:

• Beaufort-Jasper Water & Sewer Authority (South Carolina)

• Greater Cincinnati Water Works (Ohio)

• Jordan Valley Water Conservancy District (Utah)

• Minneapolis Water Works (Minnesota)

• City of North Las Vegas Utilities Department (Nevada)

• Orange Water and Sewer Authority (North Carolina)

• City of Riverside Public Utilities (California)

• City of Tempe Water Utilities Department (Arizona)

• Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (Maryland)

Gold Awards for Exceptional Utility Performance were presented to:

• Arlington Water Utilities (Texas)

• South Central Connecticut Regional Water Authority

• WaterOne (Kansas)

The Alaska Rural Water Association honored City of Homer operator Joe Young as Water Operator of the Year for an area with a population of more than 1,000.

Lucid Energy awarded Riverside, Calif., a 2011 Outstanding Energy Management Award for its ongoing evaluation of an in-pipe hydropower system.

Mike Muschinski and Doug Schwartz of the Oak Creek (Wis.) Water and Sewer Utility took top honors in the Wisconsin section of the American Water Works Association’s Top Ops contest. The duo will compete in the national competition at the AWWA’s annual meeting in Dallas in June.

The Putnam County Public Service District won the West Virginia Rural Water Association’s 2011 taste test award. The decision was based on odor, appearance, flavor, mouth feel, aftertaste and overall impression.

The American Water Works Association (AWWA) honored Dr. Mark LeChevallier, director of innovation and environmental stewardship for American Water, with the 2012 Abel Wolman Award of Excellence.




The AWWA will host Financial Management: Cost of Service Rate-Making, a three-day seminar, in Portland, Ore., March 19-21.




The California-Nevada Section of AWWA is offering these courses:

• March 16 – Math Review, Rancho Cucamonga

• April 18-19 – Water Use Efficiency Grade 2 Workshop, Rancho Cucamonga




The Michigan Section of AWWA is offering these courses:

• March 13 – Distribution System Practices Seminar, Eagle Eye in Bath

• March 20-22 – Water Treatment Short Course 1, Gull Lake Conference Center

• March 20-22 – Basic Math & Hydraulics Short Course

• March 26-28 – Limited Treatment Short Course 1 and 2, RAM Center in Higgins Lake



North Carolina

The North Carolina Section of AWWA and WEA is offering a Collection and Distribution School March 12-16 at North Carolina State University McKimmon Center in Raleigh. Visit



The Ohio WEA is offering a Watershed Workshop April 5 at the Ohio Union at The Ohio State University. Visit



The Texas Water Utilities Association is offering these courses:

• March 13-15 – Ground Water Production, Longview

• March 19-21 – Utilities Management, Texarkana

• March 20-22 – Utilities Safety, New Braunfels

• March 27-29 – Utilities Safety, Longview




The Department of Natural Resources is offering these courses:

• March 27-30 – WRWA Annual Conference, Green Bay

• April 3-5, 10-12 and May 1 – Groundwater Supply and Distribution Certification, Fond du Lac

• April 17-18 – Iron, Zeolite and VOC Certification, Fond du Lac

• April 24-25 – Surface Water Certification, Appleton

• May 8 – Advanced Water Treatment Strategies, Madison

• May 9 – Surface Water Processes, Green Bay

• May 15-16 – Iron, Zeolite and VOC Certification, Green Bay

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March 10-13

South Carolina Environmental Conference sponsored by AWWA and WEA, Myrtle Beach Convention Center, Myrtle Beach. Visit


March 13-14

South Carolina Section AWWA Conference, Myrtle Beach. Visit


March 13-14

Quebec Section – AWWA Conference, Quebec City. Visit


March 18-21

AWWA Sustainable Water Management Conference, Marriott Portland (Ore.) Waterfront Hotel. Visit


March 19-22

WATERCON 2012 sponsored by the Illinois Section of AWWA, Crowne Plaza Hotel and Conference Center, Springfield. Visit


March 20-23

New Jersey Section – AWWA, Trump Taj Mahal, Atlantic City. Visit


March 26-28

Missouri Section – AWWA Conference, Osage Beach. Visit


April 2-5

California-Nevada Section – AWWA Spring Conference, Hyatt Regency, Santa Clara, Calif. Visit


April 9-13

Texas Section – AWWA Conference, San Antonio. Visit


April 17-19

New York Section – AWWA Conference, Saratoga Hilton & City Center, Saratoga Springs. Visit


April 17-18

Georgia Association of Water Professionals Spring Conference & Expo, Columbus. Visit


April 21-25

British Columbia Section – AWWA Conference, Penticton Trade & Convention Centre and Penticton Lakeside Resort, Penticton, B.C. Visit


May 1-4

Pacific Northwest Section – AWWA annual meeting, Yakima, Wash. Visit


May 1-3

Montana Section – AWWA Conference, Holiday Inn Grand, Billings. Visit


May 2-4

Pennsylvania Columbia Section – AWWA Conference, Lancaster. Visit


May 6-9

Ontario Section – AWWA Conference, Niagara Falls. Visit


May 8-10

Alaska Section – AWWA Conference, Fairbanks. Visit


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