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September Edition

Need to know what's happening at WaterJAM?   This e-newsletter is dedicated to WaterJAM and includes teasers and tips to make the most out of the conference!  Not yet registered? There is still time... Register Here
Have you heard about the newest program from VA AWWA?  Get rewarded in three different ways for taking advantage of your many membership benefits!  Check out all the details, including how to turn your activities into points and then those points into prizes and rewards! 
Upcoming Events
WaterJAM 2021
Virginia Beach Convention Center
Sep 13, 2021 - Sep 16, 2021
VA AWWA | VWEA 2021 - 2022 Leadership Academy
Online and Various sites
Sep 15, 2021 - Sep 12, 2022
31st Annual Water Distribution Seminar and Utility Rodeo
Wyndham Virginia Beach Oceanfront
Oct 04, 2021 - Oct 06, 2021
27th Annual Water for People Golf Tournament - Northern Virginia
Westfields Golf Club
Oct 07, 2021 7:00 AM
View entire list
Look for these additional events in the Fall.  Dates and details will be available soon!
  • Cross Connection Control Training - 16-hour and 40-hour course
  • Fall Plant Operations Seminar
  • 2021 Achieve & Maintain Compliance with the SDWA - Free for Small Systems
News and Announcements
Digital Knowledge Competition at JAM
This is an open platform to share your work in a creative way!  The Student Activities Committee will be seeking submissions for the Digital Knowledge Competition in August.  Submissions will be accepted at  These presentations will utilize video to engage, educate, and interact with audiences local and remote to WaterJAM.  This competition is geared towards students (undergraduate, graduate, post-graduate) to present their research and design projects.  All submissions must be received by September 6, 2021, at 11:59 PM
For full details and to watch last year's winners, check out the Student Activities Committee page. 
Workshops and Tour
Did you know that you don't have to attend WaterJAM in order to participate in a workshop or take a tour?  Speakers from around the country bring a wealth of knowledge and expertise in their specialty.  There is still time to get registered, don't miss these great training opportunities. 
  • Stormwater - PCB TMDLs: Where We Are and Where We’re Going
  • Collaborative Delivery Workshop  
  • Lab Practices - Looking Into the Future: Beyond COVID-19
Ever want to check out different facilities? Take a tour!
  • Brock Environmental Center
  • HRSD Atlantic Plant
WaterJAM offers several specialty breakfasts to attendees.  Here are three that you can take advantage of:
  • Orientation Breakfast - If this is your first time at WaterJAM, please join us on Tuesday morning for the Orientation Breakfast with a game show-style competition. The game, starting at 8 AM, will focus on how to get the most out of your WaterJAM experience while providing some laughs. No matter who has the most points at the end, YOU will be the winner!  
  • Women Impacting Water Breakfast - Calling all women and women supporters who want to start WaterJAM feeling connected and empowered! Join us for the first annual Women Impacting Water networking breakfast on Tuesday morning, starting at 7:30 AM. We’ll feature an interactive trivia-themed activity allowing attendees to network with female members of the water industry. 
  • Utility Managers Breakfast - This breakfast is an excellent opportunity for managers, directors, and senior staff from wastewater and drinking water utilities to share ideas, discuss trends, and address critical issues.  Both federal and state legislative perspectives will be covered during this time.  Nate Norris of AWWA, along with Chris Pomeroy and Amanda Waters of AquaLaw will be the guest speakers. 
You need to RSVP on your registration to attend. Email Geneva Hudgins if you need help adding a breakfast to your registration.
Business Meeting and New Board Elections
Calling all members to the Business Meetings held at WaterJAM!  Stop by one or both meetings to hear what is happening in the section and participate in the election of YOUR board officers.  This is an important responsibility of all members to vote on the individuals that will help shape the future of the Virginia Section.  
  • 1st Business Meeting - Announcement of the Officers names and Section Reports
    Tuesday at 11 AM | Meeting Room 1BCD
  • 2nd Business Meeting - Election of Officers
    Wednesday at 10 AM | Meeting Room 1BC
Stick around after the 2nd business meeting to hear from our AWWA Visiting Officer, Joe Jacangelo.  Joe is a Virginia Section member so he understands the challenges that Virginia is facing, along with ways AWWA is working to help advance the water industry in the future. 
Make sure to stop by the Membership Booth
The Membership Engagement Committee has a lot of great things happening in the VBCC Foyer.  Make sure to take a few minutes to stop by.  You can learn more about the new Splash into Rewards program, including some of the items you can earn, have your phone/keys sanitized in UV sanitizing stations, or support our Scholarship Fund by raising your favorite college flag!
Come celebrate the accomplishments of some distinguished members as they receive awards at WaterJAM.  A variety of member and organizational awards will be given at both the Membership Appreciation Luncheon and the Awards Banquet.  It is a great time to applaud each other and recognize all the hard work and dedication within the industry.  
VA AWWA Membership Appreciation and Awards Luncheon
Wednesday | 12 - 1:30 PM  |  Ballroom 3
Awards Reception and Banquet
Wednesday |  5 - 8 PM |  Ballroom 1 - 2
Did someone say Fun Night??
Did you know that Fun Night is included in your full conference registration?  Did you know that you don't HAVE to attend the Awards Banquet in order to enjoy the fun?  It's true! You are welcome to come back to the convention center for a great night of fun and games.  With this year's theme, Passport to Water, we have a great around-the-world night planned including fun games, drinks, and dessert!  The more games you play, the more raffle tickets you win for some AMAZING PRIZES, like Airpods, GoPro, Homepod mini, Beats headphones, and so much more!
Join us Wednesday night from 8 - 10 PM in Ballroom 1 - 2.  You won't be disappointed!
Attention - Students and YPs
If you are a student or young professional attending JAM, make sure to check out all of the activities we offer just for you.  There are great competitions to participate in, but also a YP Workshop focusing on getting involved can help advance your career, a YP Paper session given by YPs like yourself, and a special reception Wednesday night where you can meet and network with other young professionals!    Also, don't miss the YP Committee meeting.  Make sure to bookmark this page so you don't miss out!
Exhibit Hall Activities
There is always new technology and innovation in the exhibit hall presenting by over 180 vendors.  In addition to knowledge, there is also a lot of FUN to be had in the exhibit hall.  CHeck out the details and enjoy some new activities, along with annual favorites. 
  • *New* Jenga and Water Trivia Pong
  • Scavenger Hunt
  • Water Reach Silent Action
  • Distribution Rodeo Demonstration
  • Mobile Sessions
  • Networking Reception
5K Fun Run/Walk to benefit Water for People
Can't attend JAM? You can still participate in the 5K Fun Run!  We will also be offering a virtual run again this year with an online selfie contest.  Your race shirt will be mailed to you after JAM so you can wear it proudly. Register Here
Remember all proceeds benefit Water for People!
Committee Meetings
Have you ever wanted to learn more about VA AWWA Committees? Now is your chance to meeting some committee members and learn more about what they are all about.  Several committees are holding informal meetings during JAM and they would love to have you join them.  Check out the full list here.
Don't have time to attend a meeting but want to learn more? Stop by the Membership Booth in the foyer and drop your business card off at the Committee Board.  Someone will contact you after JAM!
Career Center
Are you looking for a new job opportunity? Are you an employer looking for great candidates?  Either way, check out our newly updated Career Center for opportunities in Virginia. 
The webpage contains a summary of current job postings... but check back periodically for new positions as they become available. 

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