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October Edition
Congratulations to this year's Virginia Section AWWA awardees!  These awards were presented at WaterJAM's Membership Appreciation and Awards Luncheon and Banquet.
George Warren Fuller Award
David Cornwell
Herb Evans Jr Distinguished Service
Tim Mitchell
Sherry L Williams Leadership
Kevin Smith
Operator of the Year
Jamie Morris
Outstanding YP
Sara Ferrence
Employer Support
Henrico County
Public Information
Lynchburg Water Resources (2 awards)
City of Richmond (2 awards)
Larry Gordon Safety
Henrico County
YP Poster Contest
Jamie Harris
Student Water Challenge 
Virginia Tech
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
VA AWWA | VWEA 2021 - 2022 Leadership Academy
Online and Various sites
Sep 15, 2021 - Sep 12, 2022
Achieve & Maintain Compliance with the SDWA
New River Valley Regional Water Authority
Nov 09, 2021
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
40-Hour Cross Connection Devices: Inspection, Maintenance, and Testing
Chesterfield County Utilities - Operations Center
Dec 06, 2021 8:00 AM -
Dec 10, 2021 5:00 PM
View entire list
Look for these additional events in the Fall.  Dates and details will be available soon!
  • Fall Plant Operations Seminar
  • Family Hockey night at the Roanoke Railyard Dogs
News and Announcements
Join VA AWWA - We're Hiring!
Do you have a passion for water?  Do you love helping to make a better world through better water? If so, join us!  Virginia Section AWWA is looking for a self-motivated, highly organized Training Coordinator to play an essential role in supporting the training needs of our membership.  This position will organize existing training efforts along with expanding training offerings in the future. 
Check out the full job description and then apply by emailing your cover letter and resume to Geneva (
Water in Action - Send us your Pictures and Videos
Imagine a Day Without Water is a national education campaign that brings together diverse stakeholders to highlight how water is essential, invaluable, and in need of investment. This year, the day of action will take place on October 21, 2021, and will include events, resolutions, student contests, social media engagement, and more, all across the country.
The VA AWWA’s Water Awareness and Outreach Committee is working to create a video for VA AWWA in celebration of Imagine a Day Without Water. If you are willing, please share a photo or video of your organization providing the most essential service, water! These can be photos or videos from the field, on job sites, operators and engineers at work…anything related to the water world! Send your photos and videos to the Water Awareness and Outreach Committee Chair at by October 8th.
Looking for ways to engage your community?  Visit for a full set of FREE resources!
VDEM Announces Application Deadlines for FY 21 BRIC and FMA with Focus on Equitable Mitigation 
FEMA has announced the Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for FY 21 BRIC and FMA, which includes $1.16B in funding for these nationally competitive programs. VDEM is currently accepting pre-applications/applications for these funding cycles. Please note that VDEM’s application timeline is different from FEMA’s as VDEM builds in time to provide technical assistance such as benefit-cost analysis, as well as a stakeholder-driven peer review process mentioned above. VDEM is also accepting applications through the HMGP for FEMA-DR-VA-4602, which is the February 2021 Ice Storm. HMGP funding through DR-4602 is expected to be approximately $3.7M. FY21 BRIC and FMA NOFO and Webinar Offerings 
Welcome Our New Board
VA AWWA announces the 2021 - 2022 Board of Trustees
Chair  Becky Mitchell, Retired
Chair-Elect  Adrianna Dimperio, Draper Aden
Past Chair  Russ Navratil, Henrico County
Secretary  Chris Carey, Western VA Water Authority
Treasurer  Tim Mitchell, Lynchburg Water Resources
AWWA Director  Paul Delphos, Burns and McDonell
Trustee  Paul Fecht, Badger Meter
Trustee  Josh Gelman, CDM Smith
Trustee  Kevin Smith, Ramboll
Trustee  Aditya Ramamurthy, KennedyJenks
Thank you to these volunteers for their service and dedication to the Virginia Section!
Scholarships Available

Are you an undergraduate or graduate student pursuing a career in the water sector? Are you attending a college or university in North America? Is your graduation date after August 2022? 

Apply for water sector scholarships available for engineering, water studies, policy, communications, technology, finance, legal and water research by December 20, 2021. See the listing below of all scholarships offered and the FAQ for necessary qualifications.

Scholarship application links are located on AWWA's website (

Congratulations to the Distribution Rodeo Winners
After some fantastic training, utility members from around the state competed in the 31st Annual Distribution Rodeo on Tuesday and Wednesday of this week.  Congratulations to this year's winner!  
Water Taste Test - Judges Choice:  City of Norfolk
Water Taste Test - People Choice:  Stafford County
Buried Treasure:  Eli Merat, Lynchburg Water Resources
Meter Madness:  Mike Sherwood, City of Virginia Beach
Splish Splash: Kevin Gallier, Lynchburg Water Resources
Rapid Tappin':  Chesterfield County Utilities
Hydrant Hysteria - Men's team: City of Virginia Beach
Hydrant Hysteria - Ladies' team:  City of Virginia Beach
To catch some of the action, check out a few of the exciting competition videos on our YouTube page -
Supply Chain Disruption Survey
WaterISAC encourages utilities to report supply chain disruptions in a new survey.
Members of the Water and Wastewater Sector:
WaterISAC has developed a survey for utilities to report supply disruptions they've experienced as part of an effort to further understand issues as they emerge nationwide. One ongoing issue is with liquid oxygen (LOX). WaterISAC received reports of water utilities being impacted by LOX disruptions beginning in the summer. Based on recent reports, the issue is continuing and potentially affecting more areas. The survey also provides the opportunity to report other supply chain disruptions, which could involve other chemicals, electronics, etc.
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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