December 2022 E-Newsletter
Issue #148
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PNWS Section Conference Registration Opens
January 3rd
Registration opens Tuesday, January 3rd for the largest conference for water professionals in the Northwest. Join your fellow peers in Kennewick, Washington, May 3-5 for a great time of networking and professional growth.

  • Wednesday, May 3 our conference opens with your choice of golf or pre-conference seminars. Of course you won't want to miss the Opening Night Kick-Off with great food and beverages as our members compete in Tapping, Hydrant Hysteria, Meter Madness and Best Tasting Water; all vying for a trip to Toronto, Canada for ACE23.
  • Thursday we have a full day of sessions plus a fantastic vendor trade show. While you are on your own for dinner that evening, everyone is encouraged to join in for the Young Professional Scavenger Hunt either as a participant (less than 10 years in the industry) or by visiting the local water holes for sponsor provided food and beverages.
  • Friday we wrap up the conference with more great training throughout the day, our annual Awards Luncheon and passing of the gavel from current Section Chair Michelle Cheek to incoming Section Chair Dan Sleeth. And don't forget the Water For People Silent Auction and new chair reception at the end of the day.

Vendors - don't delay, registration is first come, first served and you will want to take advantage of the great sponsorship opportunities or vendor booth locations before they are gone!

PNWS & CA/NV Section Meet and Greet To Happen at the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto at ACE23
Sunday June 11
We are pleased to announce that our Section will be holding its first ACE Meet and Greet since 2016 with the CA/NV Section at the Hockey Hall of Fame Museum in Toronto!

Plan your travel plans accordingly so you don't miss this fun event Sunday, June 11 from 6-10pm. The worlds largest hockey collection awaits - from access to the Stanley Cup artifacts dating back to the game's origin up to today's current season, interactive experiences, 3-D films and photos with the Stanley Cup are just some of the experiences awaiting you in this private event.

Space is limited so one guest per person.
Registration for ACE23 in Toronto is Now Open
ACE, where the water community comes together to learn, connect and be inspired to solve global water challenges.

There is a priceless value in connecting with your peers in person. A palpable energy comes from the exciting innovation in the exhibit hall and sessions pulsate with conversations that are a catalyst for change. Regardless of where you are in your career, there is something for everyone at ACE23.

  • 10,000 Attendees
  • 80 Countries
  • 1,000 Utilities
  • 6 Competitions
  • 440 Premier Presenters
  • 450 Exhibitors
2023 Excellence in Engineering Awards
Entry Deadline January 6
Submit your entry for the 2023 Excellence in Engineering Awards. These awards recognize excellence in engineering for water supply, treatment, or conveyance projects. Persons, agencies, consultants, contractors, and water utilities who have recently or will be completing a water supply, treatment, or conveyance project for a water supply utility or agency in Idaho, Oregon or Washington may apply.

To be considered for the 2023 Awards, the Committee will be looking for outstanding water related engineering projects which have shown:

  • Incorporation of innovative technologies or approaches
  • Difficulty of the challenges overcome
  • Inclusion of sustainability elements (includes resource sustainability or cost effectiveness)
  • Considerations for system or project resiliency (seismic, flood, system redundancy, etc.) 

Please feel free to nominate one of your Projects or someone else's that you feel is deserving of an Award. Entry deadline is January 6.
Subsection Membership Challenge
September 1 - December 31
The challenge is on! PNWS is launching a friendly competition between the Subsections to see who can recruit the most new members from Sept 1 – December 31st. The Membership Engagement and Development Committee (MEDC) is excited to share that we've reached the Annual Recruitment goal of 292 new or reinstated members in 2022 and are above our growth goal of (2%) with 4.4% growth in 2022 so far.

We've been tracking the membership growth by subsection for the Membership Challenge and have an update on the challenge awards. An award of $500 will be provided to two subsections that meet the following criteria:

  • Most new members from 9/1 - 12/31
  • Most percent growth increase from 9/1 - 12/31

It's time to put your networks to use and invite new members to join the AWWA community! Share the AWWA membership link far and wide and let's meet our goal! Join American Water Works Association (

Questions about the challenge, membership benefits or how to join, contact MEDC Chair Joanie Stultz, or Past Chair, Chris Young.
Job Postings
  • Assistant City Engineer
  • Professional Engineer
  • Field Customer Service Representative
  • Budget and Finance Director
  • Water and Wastewater Operator
  • Public Works Director
  • Operations Manager
  • Water Distribution System Leadworker
  • Water and Sewer II Operator
  • Associate/Civil Engineer
  • Field Operations and Maintenance Manager
  • Public Works Manager
  • Water Treatment Certified Operator
  • Water Treatment Plant Operator
  • Water Worker In-Training
  • Waterworks Mechanic
  • Public Works Manager
  • Utility Worker II
  • Senior Associate or Associate Engineer
  • SCADA Systems Administrator
  • Treatment Plant Supervisor
  • Water Solutions Center Director
  • Maintenance Worker or Maintenance Operator
  • Superintendent Wastewater Collections
  • Finance Manager
  • Operations Manager
  • Field Technician I
  • Utility Locator
  • Associate Civil Engineer
  • Operator In Training
  • Maintenance Superintendent
  • Wastewater Maintenance Worker
That's it for this month! Please send your news or information for inclusion in the January edition to the Section office. I hope all of you have a wonderful holiday season!

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Kyle Kihs
Executive Director