January Edition

New Year - New Rewards!

Not only is it a New Year, but it is time to submit your new activities to a new year of Splash into Rewards!  Complete activities in any of the six key categories to earn points:
  • Membership    
  • Growth
  • Events
  • Committee Involvement             
  • Education of others       
  • Social Media
wE-SPLASH Sponsors
To learn more about all the great sponsors above, click their logo to check out their website. 
Upcoming Events
Click on a link below to get more information
2023 Corporate Sponsorship
Dec 01, 2022 - Dec 31, 2023
Lab Practices Committee Hybrid Meeting
Hybrid - Virtual with in-person at Henrico County Water Reclamation Facility
Jan 18, 2023
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
WaterJAM Young Professionals Committee Meeting
Virtual Meeting
Jan 18, 2023
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Round Table Discussion - Vendor Trust Management
Jan 19, 2023
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Central VA Young Professionals Planning Meeting
Jan 19, 2023
5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
SouthWest VA Young Professional Committee Meeting
Jan 25, 2023 12:00 PM
2023 Utility Management Committee: Panel Discussion Series
Hybrid (Virtual and In-person at 4 different locations across the state)
Feb 01, 2023
11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
Norfolk Admirals Game Night
Norfolk Scope Area
Feb 01, 2023 7:05 PM
2023 Utility Management Committee: Panel Discussion Series
Hybrid (Virtual and In-person at 4 different locations across the state)
Feb 08, 2023
11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
VA AWWA Networking Event - Triple Crossing Fulton
Triple Crossing Fulton
Feb 08, 2023
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
2023 Utility Management Committee: Panel Discussion Series
Hybrid (Virtual and In-person at 4 different locations across the state)
Feb 15, 2023
11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
Women Impacting Water NOVA Happy Hour
Bar Louie in One Loudoun
Feb 16, 2023
4:30 PM - 7:00 PM
2023 Utility Management Committee: Panel Discussion Series
Hybrid (Virtual and In-person at 4 different locations across the state)
Feb 22, 2023
11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
The Latest on PFAS In Virginia
Online only
Feb 22, 2023
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Family Hockey Night at Roanoke Railyard Dawgs 2023
Berglund Center
Feb 24, 2023
6:30 PM - 10:00 PM
View entire list
Legislative Updates
It is that time of year again!  The legislative session is underway, and there are bills that you need to be aware of.  Keep an eye out for our weekly Legislative Report emails or go straight to the website and review the bills listed.  
News and Announcements
Emergency Preparedness and Security Committee
The VA AWWA/VWEA WARN Committee was recently rebranded to become the Emergency Preparedness and Security Committee (EPSC)!  Three (3) Focus Areas under the EPSC umbrella are WARN, Emergency Preparedness, and Security. EPSC’s goal is to communicate routinely to VA AWWA and VWEA members through newsletters, workshops, seminars, etc., about utility resiliency topics.  They are having a kick-off meeting TOMORROW, Thursday, January 19th, from 12- 1 pm
If you are interested in joining the meeting to learn more about this committee, please get in touch with Chad Coneway ( or Geneva Hudgins (  More information can also be found on the EPSC webpage -
It's not too late - JAM Reviewer Signups are still open

Volunteers can still sign up to review abstracts for WaterJAM 2023.  The deadline to review is January 30th, so don't wait.  You can review just one category or more.  Click here to sign up. 

If you have already received an email with reviewer instructions, you do not need to sign up again.

Corporate Sponsorship
We would love your support as a VA AWWA Corporate Sponsor! Corporate sponsors are invaluable to our organization as we strive towards our vision of being Virginia's leading association dedicated to promoting safe and sustainable water.
Corporate Sponsors are recognized in the following ways:
  • Corporate Sponsor listing on the VA AWWA website and Sponsor Highlight. 
  • Recognition in the “Tap into Virginia” magazine.  
  • Recognition in publicity materials for VA AWWA/VWEA Joint Annual Meeting (JAM)
  • Recognition at all Seminar and Conference events. 
The cost to become a Corporate Sponsorship is only $500!
Utility Management Panel Discussion Series

The VWEA / VA AWWA Utility Management Committee invites you to join us in-person or virtually to hear from regional utility leadership on topics that are relevant to their respective regions. Each panel discussion focuses on areas most meaningful to their region and will provide insight into how they plan for and manage these critical issues.


Wednesdays in February  |  You can attend in person or virtually

  • February 1: Western VA Water Authority – Operations Center
  • February 8: Chesterfield County Administration Building                   
  • February 15: Fairfax County Public Safety Headquarters
  • February 22: Newport News Waterworks - Lee Hall Maintenance & Operations Center       

11:30 AM – 1:30 PM in-person | 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM virtual

Register online or download the brochure for more information. 



VA AWWA Networking Events
Don't hibernate this winter; join us at one (or more) of our upcoming networking events.  As we start the new year, there is plenty of fun to be had. Click on an event to learn more and sign up!
Thoughtful Tuesday Recording Now Available

The Humanity in Us - A Workshop on Equitable Decision-Making

For those of you who could attend the live session, you know how powerful the conversation was! For those that couldn't make it, you can still join in the conversation and keep it going!  View the recorded session and download the presentation to continue the dynamic and engaging conversations that only began.
DPOR Examination Survey - Reopened
Attention Virginia Waterworks Operators:  You have an opportunity to contribute to the WPI (formerly ABC) examination content areas! 
In order to ensure WPI standardized examinations remain current and relevant for the industry, the Certification Commission for Environmental Professionals (C2EP) and Water Professionals International (WPI) are conducting job analyses in both the Water Treatment and Water Distribution disciplines. Responses to these surveys will be used to build updated operator certification exams, Need-to-Know Criteria, and other important operator certification resources used globally.  
In an attempt to gain wide industry representation in the survey responses, the Virginia Board for Waterworks and Wastewater Works Operators and Onsite Sewage System Professionals asks you to please complete the Job Analysis Surveys and feel free to share with other operators, utilities, and stakeholders. This is your opportunity to ensure that the technologies, processes, and critical operator duties utilized in your systems are represented on WPI’s standardized exams.    
There are several incentive opportunities for professionals that complete a survey; full details can be found on WPI’s website
Thank you for your participation in this important survey! 
Board for Waterworks and Wastewater Works Operators 
and Onsite Sewage System Professionals 
Survey has been reopened until February 15, 2023
WPI has reopened both job analysis surveys until February 15, 2023.
If you have not already had the chance, please take this opportunity to complete the survey.
Women Impacting Water Happy Hour
Join us for a happy hour for Women Impacting Water and their Industry Supporters in NOVA.   
Location: Bar Louie in One Loudoun (Ashburn, VA)
When: Thursday, February 16th
Time:  4:30 - 7:00 PM
Who: Women Impacting Water and their Industry Supporters
Come hang out with others for a casual, fun night! 
Annual Good Lab Practices - Call for Abstracts

Save the date for the Annual VWEA/VA AWWA Good Lab Practices Conference.  Day one of the event includes workshops and an evening networking reception in the exhibit hall. Day two includes a morning general session and afternoon breakout sessions.

The deadline for Presentations and Workshops is February 16, 2023. To submit your technical presentations and workshop proposals or further information, contact: Alicia Connelly, Lab Manager, Newport News Shipbuilding

Plant of the Future: What Will Drive Future Changes

Please join us for AWWAs Drinking Water Quality and Research Committee’s annual spring seminar: 

Plant of the Future: What Will Drive Future Changes 

This year's seminar will be held on April 19th, 2023, at the University of Richmond, Jepson Alumni Center.  A full day of relevant and future-facing presentations covering a wide range of current and emerging topics, regulations, and innovations in the water treatment industry. 5.5 hours of CPE are anticipated.  

For more details and to register, please visit 

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 job posted:
  • Utility Worker I
  • Utility Operator
  • Principal Engineer
  • Heavy Equipment Operator - Water
  • Principial Labor Crew Chief
  • Utility Plant Mechanic
  • Superintendent of Operations
The webpage contains a summary of current job postings... but check back frequently for new positions posted daily/weekly. 

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Mark your calendars for WaterJAM 2023 - The Power of Water

September 11 - 14, 2023  | Virginia Beach, VA

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