November Edition
This month, as we count our blessings, we extend a sincere thank you to the following members who have recently completed their term chairing a VA AWWA committee.
  • Brian Whitenack (Distribution Systems)
  • Supriya Murthy (Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion)
  • Roger Arnold (Drinking Water Quality and Research)
  • Joel Thompson (Education)
  • Tamera Crouch (Lab Practices)
  • Karlyn Owens (Leadership Academy)
  • Michele Maclauchlan (Plant Operations)
  • Gary Booth (Safety)
  • Nicole Proto (Sustainable Utilities)
  • Tim Mitchell (Water Utility)
  • Sherry Williams (WaterJAM)
  • Chris Wilson (WaterJAM)
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Upcoming Events
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Thankful November Food Drive
Nov 01, 2023 - Nov 30, 2023
Successful Case Histories of Bioenergy Generation at Wastewater Treatment Facilities Webinar
Nov 02, 2023
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Fall 2023 Plant Operations Seminar
Spring Hollow Water Treatment Facility
Nov 09, 2023
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Asset Management Committee Meeting and Vertical Condition Assessment Presentation
Virtual Meeting via Zoom
Nov 09, 2023
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
2024 Corporate Sponsorship
Nov 15, 2023 - Dec 31, 2024
Operator Training For Small Systems
Hampton Inn & Suites Exmore/Eastern Shore
Nov 16, 2023
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Roundtable Discussion- Digital Asset Management
Virtual Zoom
Nov 16, 2023
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
2024 Young Professional Summit Scholarship Application Deadline
Dec 01, 2023
Cross Connection Devices: Inspection, Maintenance, and Testing- 16 Hours- December 2023
Henrico DPU Operations Facility
Dec 05, 2023 8:30 AM -
Dec 07, 2023 12:00 PM
Lab Practices Committee Meeting
Henrico County Water Reclamation Facility
Jan 17, 2024
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
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Mark your calendars for TWO important dates! 
The call for abstracts is now open!
The deadline for submission is December 1st, so act fast!
Check your inbox for details.
Abstract categories and guidelines are available online - find them here!
Don't forget to add September 8 - 12, 2024 to your calendar
so you don't miss the BEST Water conference!
News and Announcements
Successful Case Histories in Bioenergy Generation

Join us on November 2nd from Noon - 1:30 PM as we review the benefits and challenges of creating renewable bioenergy at wastewater treatment plant facilities.  The webinar will present case histories of some notable local projects and discuss the value propositions for obtaining renewable energy credits.  We will also review the pros, cons and challenges of creating a renewable bioenergy supply and how the renewable energy credit program has shaped strategies for bioenergy programs at municipal wastewater facilities. Speakers presenting in this webinar will include representatives from the Hampton Roads Sanitation District, the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission, and the Western Virginia Water Authority.


  • Chris Wilson, HRSD
  • Robert Taylor and John Willis, WSSC Piscataway Bio-Energy Project
  • Dana Hargrove, Western VA Water Authority

Credits:   1.5 continuing education credits for Operators (Water and Wastewater) and Professional Engineers

Cost:  $25 VWEA and VA AWWA Members | $35 Non-Members 


This webinar is sponsored by the VWEA / VA AWWA Sustainable Utilities Committee. 


Fall Plant Operators Seminar
November 9, 2023  |  9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Calling all Water operators to join us for a day of networking and professional development at the Fall Plant Operators Seminar.  We have a packed agenda with some great speakers covering the following topics and providing water operator and engineering credits:
  • South Rivanna Plant Upgrade: Water Resiliency and Operational Performance Indicators, Daniel Campbell, Rivanna Water and Sewer Authority, Water Department Manager
  • Temporary Switch from Alum to Acid Alum, John Hanchak, Newport News Waterworks
  • Exploring Membrane Filtration Technology through Two Operational Water Treatment Plants, Jamie Morris, Water Production Manager, Western VA Water Authority
  • Designing a GAC System To Mitigate PFAS: A Look At The Spring Hollow WTP Project, Roger Arnold, Senior Associate, Hazen and Sawyer
  • Lead & Copper Rule Revisions and Optimizing Corrosion Control in Your System, Turner Perrow, PE, Civil Engineering Regional Practice Leader, Short Elliot Hendrickson Inc.
Lunch will be provided, followed by a plant tour of the Western Virginia Water Authority's Spring Hollow Water Treatment Facility.  
Space is limited, so register NOW!
Asset Management Committee Meeting and Vertical Condition Assessment Presentation

Join the Asset Management Focus Group of the VWEA | VA AWWA Utility Management Committee on Thursday, November 9, 2023 for a meeting and presentation. Focus Group members (and other members of VWEA and VA AWWA who may be interested) will discuss focus group business from 11:30 a.m. to noon, followed by a presentation from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.


Edward Shea, HDR, will facilitate the presentation of Vertical Asset Condition Assessment Presentation.


Vertical assets are essential components of water and wastewater treatment systems. They include treatment plants, pump stations, and storage tanks. These assets are often complex and expensive to replace, making it important to extend their service lives and ensure their reliable operation. Condition assessment is a critical process for evaluating the condition of vertical assets and identifying potential problems before they lead to failure.

EPA's Sampling Guidance for Unknown Contaminants in Drinking Water Webinar

Are YOU prepared for a water contamination incident?

WLA’s Sampling Guidance for Unknown Contaminants in Drinking Water is designed to provide utilities, emergency responders and laboratory personnel with comprehensive guidance that integrates recommendations for sample collection, preservation and transport procedures of unknown samples.

By highlighting how to use the WLA’s Sampling Guidance for Unknown Contaminants in Drinking Water, this webinar will:
  • Examine recommendations for pathogen, toxin, chemical and radiochemical sample collection, preservation and transport procedures that support multiple analytical approaches for the identification of potential contaminants in drinking water.
  • Present examples of what is required for a comprehensive sampling program.
  • Show how the guidance can be used to enhance laboratory, utility and emergency responder preparedness by supplementing emergency response plans.
Thursday, November 9th
1:00 - 2:00 PM
Webinar Registration: 
Thankful November Food Drive

Join us to collect food for the Food Bank of Southeastern Virginia and the Eastern Shore by collecting items in your respective offices for the next three weeks! 


On Tuesday, November 21st, members of the Eastern YP Group will pick up the boxes from offices participating in the Thankful November Food Drive. Your office is expected to provide a box.  


Need ideas?  Here is a link to a shopping list of commonly donated items:


If your office would like to participate, please register here to specify your office location. Please also include contact information for the individual who will be at the office at the time of pickup.


Click here to download the event flyer.  


If you have any questions or want more information, please contact Lyndsey (Stone) Davis at


Young Professional Summit Scholarships Available!

The VWEA/VA AWWA Young Professionals committee invites you to apply to for a scholarship to support your attendance at the Annual WEF/AWWA Young Professional Summit. This year's event is scheduled for February 11-14, 2024, in Portland, OR. The Summit will focus on the future of our water. The sessions will explore current industry trends and how young professionals can take ownership in the direction we want the water sector to move, reflecting on what we want to accomplish, the innovation that will lead us there, and what levers exist to create change. 


Applications will be accepted through December 1, 2023.  Two individuals will be selected to receive a scholarship to support travel and attendance at the summit.  


Consideration is given to:

  • Leadership Participation in VA AWWA and/or VWEA
  • Committee Engagement in VA AWWA and/or VWEA
  • Future goals in the industry and the associations
AWWA Scholarship Applications are Open!
Applications are now open through December 19th, 2023, for 27 scholarship awards (totaling $211,000) available to undergraduate and graduate students pursuing careers in the water sector through the AWWA Scholarships Program.
New additions to the Program include the Mueller Water Products HBCU Scholarship and the Dr. James K. Edzwald Scholarship. AWWA membership is not required to apply, but is free is you sign up through Virginia Section.  Check out the details here...
Water Equation (WE) and corporate sponsors have provided University students from 13 AWWA Sections with AWWA Scholarships and free AWWA memberships this year!
New VA WARN Website/Database
The Virginia Water and Wastewater Area Response Network (VA WARN) is getting an upgrade!  The previous website and database were no longer supported by the hosting company, so both the database and website have undergone a transformation.  If you are already a VAWARN member, be on the lookout for emails to set up your new username and password.  If you are not already a member, check out all the benefits of joining the VA WARN network.  The best reason is it's FREE!  
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. 
Here is a list of the most recent jobs posted:
  • Water and Wastewater Operators
  • Executive Office Administrative Specialist
  • Senior Accountant
  • Executive Director
  • Utility Plant Mechanic
  • SCADA Systems Administrator
The webpage contains a summary of current job postings... but check back frequently for new positions posted daily/weekly. 

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