November 2021 E-Newsletter
Issue #136
E-newsletter Sponsors
Section Election Is Open
AWWA Members Encouraged To Vote For Your Section Board  
All AWWA members were sent an email invitation to vote via electronic ballot in this years Section election. If you did not receive this email please check your spam filter or click the link below 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
Doug Schlepp
Dan Sleeth

AWWA Directior
James Dean
Lacey Goeres-Priest
Alex Mofidi

Oregon/Idaho Trustee
Joel Cary
Erika Murphy

Washington Trustee
Pat Everham
Tonya Reiss

Trustee At Large
Libby Barg Bakke
DeEtta Fosbury
Michelle Johnson

Polls close on December 31. 
In-Person Section Conference Planned for Next Year
Mark Your Calendars 
Mark your calendars now for the first in-person Section Conference in two years!

Join your fellow water professionals in Tacoma, April 27-29 as we gather once again for the premier training and networking event in the Pacific Northwest.

Keep an eye on our website for more information over the next two months as we move toward opening registration on Monday, January 3.

Vendors/Sponsors - Sponsorship opportunities and vendor booth selection are all on a first come first serve basis. Don't delay register early for the best opportunities.
AWWA's Water Quality Technology Conference
Comes to Tacoma November 7-10, 2021 
AWWA's premier conference for water quality professionals is coming to Tacoma this November 7-10.

This established and highly regarded conference provides a practical forum for a wide range of water technology professionals to exchange the latest research and information and it's happening this year in our own backyard.

Don't miss this opportunity to register early for discounted pricing!
PNWS Virtual Tri-State Water Utility Council Meeting
November 18; 10 - 2pm
Oregon Capitol
Have an interest in water and government? Attend the 2021Tri-State Water Utility Council Meeting. Hear from regional and national experts on the politics of water.


10:00 – 10:10 Welcome/Introductions
Wally McCullough
Oregon WUC Chair

10:10 – 10:30 National AWWA Update Randy Black
PNWS-AWWA Association Director
AWWA Vice President
General Manager, Lakewood Water District

10:30 – 11:00 National Legislative Update
Tommy Holmes
Legislative Director, AWWA

11:00 – 11:30 National Regulatory Update
Steve Via
Director, Federal Relations, AWWA

11:30 – 12:00 National WUC Trustee Update
Michael Grimm
AWWA WUC Trustee
General Manager, West Slope Water District

12:00 – 12:30 Break for Lunch

12:30 – 2:00 State Roundtable State WUC Representatives

Zoom Link:
2022 Excellence in Engineering Awards
Call for Entries! 
Engineering Contest
Submit your entry for the 2022 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 2022 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 14.
Job Postings

  • Stormwater Collection System Specialist
  • General Manager
  • Facility Operator Grade 1-3
  • Water Treatment Plant Operator
  • Engineering Technician
  • Small System Operator
  • Utilities Director
  • Electrician/Mechanical Technician
  • Project Engineer
  • Control System Technician
  • Utility Worker I or II
  • Customer Service Supervisor
  • Water District General Manager
  • Project Engineer
  • Senior Water Distribution Operator
  • General Manager
  • Engineer
  • Electrician
  • Design Engineer
  • General Manager
  • Utility Worker
  • Staff Engineer
  • Accounting Specialist
  • Client Service Leader - Water Services
That's it for this month! Please send your news or information for inclusion in the December edition to the Section office. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday with your family and friends.

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Kyle Kihs
Executive Director