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August Edition

Have you heard about the newest program from VA AWWA?  You 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
Cross Connection Devices: Inspection, Maintenance, and Testing
Western VA Water Authority - Field Operations Center
Aug 11, 2021 8:30 AM -
Aug 13, 2021 5:00 PM
Joint Associations Annual Norfolk Tides Game
Harbor Park Stadium
Aug 11, 2021 6:00 PM
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
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News and Announcements
WaterJAM Early Bird Registration ends SOON!
Early Bird Registration ends on August 4th! Take advantage of pricing discounts by registering before they are gone.
Check out for all the latest information and details. 
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. 
Sustainable Utilities Committee Member Spotlight - Meet Evan Bowles
What does sustainability mean to you and how does it play a role in your work? Sustainability can mean so many things depending on the person you’re speaking to. To me, it means learning from the past while planning toward the most probable future. I serve as our firm’s sustainable design lead, which allows me to work on interesting projects all over the country. We help our utility clients identify ways to reduce resource consumption, minimize ecological impacts, and design resilient infrastructure. If we do our job correctly, we help to demonstrate the value of the utility’s services to their rate and taxpayers.
Calling all YPs and Students!
Women Impacting Water

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.


This breakfast is about bringing the industry together to celebrate the impact and value of women in water. To secure your spot for this free event, select the Women Impacting Water Networking Breakfast when registering for WaterJAM – and make sure to spread the word with peers who may be interested in attending too!  If you are already registered but wish to sign up for this special breakfast, please contact Geneva Hudgins at


#WomenImpactingWater #WaterJAM2021


WaterJAM Attendance Justification Advice
So, you have heard about the great benefits of WaterJAM (both virtual and in-person versions!), and you are interested in attending this year!  Your next step may be to justify the value of your attendance to your manager, boss, or supervisor.  Sound overwhelming?  Well, we hope that the advice below will help you develop your plan and will result in your attendance at WaterJAM 2021 in Virginia Beach!
NEW - VDH Waterworks Regulations Now in Effect

The most recent revisions to the Virginia Department of Health, Office of Drinking Water Rules and Regulations went into effect on June 23, 2021


The Waterworks Regulations in their entirety are available as PDF files below. Individual sections of the Waterworks Regulations may be found on the Virginia General Assembly Legislative Information System website (Agency 5, Chapter 590).  


Waterworks Regulations (PDF)


USDA Natural Resources Conservation Services Announcement
The Natural Resources Conservation Services (NRCS) Source Water Protection Areas (SWPA) Sub-Committee will be meeting in the next few weeks to discuss updates to high-priority areas for source water protection.  The 2018 Farm Bill includes a provision for the protection of source water through targeting conservation practices and including funding for conservation programs.
Please find linked below a USDA NRCS Bulletin with more information and an April 2020 AWWA Journal article that discusses the need and benefit of such programs as well as providing examples of partnerships.
If you believe that your source water watersheds would benefit from these programs we encourage you to contact Tim Mitchell who is VA AWWA representative on the NRCS SWPA Sub-Committee as soon as possible.
Tim Mitchell, P.E.
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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Thank you for your membership!