December 2019                                                          Issue #113
Spokane Conference
Section Election
Communication Awards
Kenneth J Miller Nominations
Networking Events Ahead
Training Opportunities
Job Postings
Registration Opens January 2

Section Conference  
Spokane, WA
April 29-May 1, 2020
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SECTION CONFERENCE IN SPOKANE - Registration Opens January 2

The 2020 Section Conference will be in Spokane, 
April 29- May 1. The technical program is already on our website! 

Registration goes live on January 2. Save yourself $150 and register before April 1st and take advantage of our early bird pricing. 

If you are a vendor you will want to reserve your booth early to get the best spot. We will have 100 vendors booths. Check out all the vendors sponsorship opportunities on our website, we have something for every budget!  As the vendor trade show is Thursday only this year, vendors are encouraged to take advantage of the golf tournament on Wednesday and to provide hospitality options for clients on Thursday evening. 

  • No change to Wednesday activities - golf and pre-cons as usual as well as the Competition Night Welcome Reception with Tapping, Hydrant Hysteria, Meter Madness and Best Tasting Water Finals!
  • You asked for more CEUs and we are listening! We have added two more hours of technical sessions. This year you can expect 2.0 CEUs as compared to previous years of 1.7 -1.8. 
  • You asked for less down time and we are listening! Similar to ACE we will have multiple things happening at the same time. Something for everyone all the time!
  • You thought the Friday night banquet was outdated. We are listening!  The Friday banquet has been replaced with a Friday Awards Luncheon where we will give out the Section's Top Five Awards!
  • The Board of Trustees Meeting will take place Friday afternoon. At this meeting we will present a few more awards, get the State of the Section Update from outgoing Chair James Dean and pass the gavel to incoming Chair Ronda Farmer. 
  • The conference will wrap up Friday at 5pm with a reception for new Chair Ronda Farmer as you pick up your Water For People auction purchases. 

Check out our conference website for all the latest information!  

VOTE IN THE SECTION ELECTION - Polls Close December 31
AWWA members it's that time of year to vote on your Section Board of Trustees. Please click this link to access the voting booth.  

To vote members will be asked to enter their email and last name which will be verified against the AWWA member database. You will only be allowed to vote once. 

Candidates for office this year are:

Chair Elect
John Roth
Dan Sleeth

Oregon/Idaho Trustee
Rob Barrett
Jill Hoyenga
Karen Kelley

Washington Trustee
Cheryl Capron
Michael Pleasants
Loren Searl

Trustee At Large
Nick Belmont
Michael Lubovich
Doug Schlepp

Polls close on December 31. The results of the election will be announced in the January e-newsletter!

Celebrate the achievement of your communications goals by submitting them for an Excellence in Communication Award! Categories include print, electronic, video creations, calendars, and consumer confidence reports. Have you developed something totally wild in the last year or so...we have an entry category for you to!

Final deadline for entries is January 31 BUT if you apply before January 10 you can take advantage of the early bird entry fee!


Do you know someone who works tirelessly for Water For People?  Then submit their name for the Kenneth J Miller award!  This award recognizes volunteers for their outstanding service and leadership in the advancement of the Water For People mission.  Anyone can be nominated: long time volunteers, section committee chairs or subsection event chairs, or that volunteer who is always working behind the scenes at Water For People events.

The 2020 winner will be recognized at the Awards Luncheon at the Section conference in Spokane and at the National Awards Ceremony held at ACE20 in Orlando in June.   

December 19 - Clackamas, OR
NW Oregon Subsection Holiday Party

March 14 /
Walla Walla For Water

February 27 / Vancouver, WA
E&T Fund Social Mixer
CEU's and More CEU's!
  • Maintenance Electrician
  • Utility Worker I, II or III
  • Project Coordinator
  • Water Operations Management Analyst
  • Water Distribution Monitoring and Compliance Supervisor
  • Water Service Specialist - Bilingual
  • Water Treatment Plant Specialist 
  • Damn Safety Engineer
  • Operator II
  • Water Reclamation Facility Operator
  • Project Engineer - Capital
  • Water Operator
  • Analyst Water Automated Metering Project
  • Sewer Maintenance Worker
  • Water Maintenance Worker
  • Field Operations Equipment Mechanic
  • Cross Connection Specialist
  • Water Meter Mechanic
  • Water Distribution and Plant Worker
  • Field Service Representative
See the Jobs Listing Page on our website  for more information or how to apply for any of the above listed jobs. 
That's it for this month! Please send your news or information for inclusion in the January edition to the  Section office.  

Kyle Kihs
Executive Director