Worth Noting - December 2013

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The City of Elgin, Ill., will rename its water treatment plant after Leo Nelson, former city manager who led the charge for the plant’s construction in the 1970s.

The Columbus, Ohio, public utilities complex has been named in honor of Dana “Buck” Rinehart, who served as mayor from 1984-92 and has been an attorney in private practice in Columbus since then. The complex includes water, sewer and electricity offices and a water treatment plant. It is undergoing a $200 million renovation.

The Los Angeles Business Journal named Scott Ota, chief financial offcier for the Water Replenishment District of Southern California, as its Government/Public Sector CFO of The Year.

The Huntsville (Ala.) Utilities South Parkway treatment plant was honored by the Alabama Water & Pollution Control Association as the best-operated water treatment plant in the 40 to 50 mgd category – for the third consecutive year.

The Brown County (Texas) Water Improvement District No. 1 microfiltration water treatment plant and its operator, John Allen, received awards from the South Central Membrane Association. The plant received the Outstanding Membrane Plant Award, and Allen was named Operator of the Year.

Truckee Meadows (Nev.) Water Authority received the Directors Award of Recognition from the Partnership for Safe Water. The authority’s Chalk Bluff Water Treatment Plant ranks among the highest performing plants in the country, serving 330,000 residents in the Reno-Sparks area.

A campaign to inform the public and promote the benefits of the Western Area Water Supply Project in northwestern North Dakota won a 2013 National Marketing Communications Award. The water project’s marketing campaign took second place in the Promotional Campaign division at the 2013 Society for Marketing Professional Services conference.

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The AWWA is offering these courses:

  • Dec. 12 ­– Regulatory Update Webinar
  • Jan. 29 – Water Rates Done the Right Way Webinar

Visit www.awwa.org.


The Arkansas Rural Water Association is offering these courses:

  • Dec. 17 – Basic Math, Lonoke
  • Dec. 18 – ADH Compliance, Lonoke
  • Dec. 19 – Applied Math, Lonoke

Visit www.arkansasruralwater.org.


The Florida Section of AWWA is offering these courses:

  • Dec. 31 – Florida AWWA eLearning, online
  • Jan. 31 – Florida AWWA eLearning, online

Visit www.fsawwa.org.


The Illinois Section of AWWA is offering a two-day High-Tech Operator Course 3: Data Management workshop Jan. 29-30 in Lombard Village Hall Community Room. Visit www.isawwa.org.


The Oklahoma Environmental Training Center is offering these courses:

  • Dec. 13 – Oklahoma DEQ Operator Open Exam, Stillwater
  • Dec. 16-19 – C Water Laboratory, Stillwater
  • Dec. 17-19 – D Water & Wastewater Operator, Tulsa

Visit www.accuratelabs.com.


The Department of Natural Resources is offering a Distribution Certification on Jan. 28-29 at Moraine Park Technical College in Fond du Lac. Visit dnr.wi.gov.

The University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee Continuing Education Program is offering a Sustainable Water-Centric Communities course Dec. 9-11 in Milwaukee. Visit www4.uwm.edu.

The Wisconsin Rural Water Association is offering these courses:

  • Dec. 17 – Permit-Required Confined-Space Entry Training, West Salem
  • Dec. 18 – Regulations and Technology Updates, Holmen
  • Dec. 19 – Regulations and Technology Updates, Chippewa Falls

Visit www.wrwa.org.


Dec. 12
County Water Supply Operators Association Meeting, Champaign, Ill. Visit www.isawwa.org.

Dec. 19
Kane County Water Association Meeting, Batavia, Ill. Visit www.isawwa.org.


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