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May 2021 Edition

Upcoming Events
2021 Corporate Sponsorship
Dec 01, 2020 - Dec 31, 2021
Utility Management Workshop Series
Virtual - Online only
Apr 28, 2021 11:00 AM -
May 26, 2021
Drinking Water Quality and Research Seminar Series
May 13, 2021 10:00 AM -
May 27, 2021 11:30 AM
Utility of the Future Webinar
Online Webinar
Jun 02, 2021
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Cross Connection Devices: Inspection, Maintenance, and Testing
City of Virginia Beach DPU
Jun 23, 2021 8:30 AM -
Jun 25, 2021 5:00 PM
Setting Effective Rates for Small Systems
Online only
Jul 13, 2021 9:00 AM -
Jul 14, 2021 12:00 PM
Good Lab Practices Conference
Online Webinar
Jul 26, 2021 1:00 PM -
Jul 27, 2021 3:30 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
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News and Announcements
Have You Heard?
WaterJAM will be In-Person this year!  Mark your calendars to join us at the beach from September 13-16.  Registration opens June 14th. 
Check out for all the latest information and details. 
Board of Trustee Nominations Needed
The VA AWWA Nominations Committee is currently seeking nominations for members interested in serving on the Board of Trustees. We invite you to nominate yourself or a colleague that would be well suited for the following positions:
  • Council Trustee (2 positions available)
  • Treasurer (1 position available)
Read more to learn more about each position. All nominations are due by Friday, May 28, 2021.  
Last Call for College Scholarships
If you are a student (or know one) that is looking to pursue a career in the water industry, this is your last chance to apply for scholarship funds!  All applications must be received by FRIDAY, MAY 28, 2021.
  •  VA AWWA Ray A Jackson Undergraduate Scholarship
  •  VA AWWA Dr. Robert C Hoehn Graduate Student Scholarship
VA AWWA scholarship information, including application forms, can be found here: 
Please share the link with anyone you think would be interested.
Looking to Become a More Effective Leader?
Are you looking for ways to improve your non-technical skills and find ways to network with other professionals outside of your organization? Are you interested in topics like ethical leadership, decision-making, and emotional intelligence? If so, then check out the VA AWWA/VWEA 2021-2022 Leadership Academy!
Call for VA AWWA Award Nominations
Do you know someone who has contributed to the water industry and the Virginia Section in a substantial way? What about a company that supports its employees' growth by involvement in the Virginia Section?  Why not nominate them for one of the following VA AWWA awards.  The deadline to submit nominations is June 30th.  Details about each award are online (
Remember: It only takes a few minutes to nominate someone but the honor lasts a lifetime.
Why Young Professional Should Join an AWWA Committee


Members are the lifeblood of AWWA.  It is the involvement and commitment of water industry members that make AWWA work at both the Section and Association levels. The future of AWWA depends on attracting and encouraging young professionals (YPs) to become actively involved in the association and fulfilling our vision of creating a better world through better water. YPs are interested in a meaningful career while making a difference in how the world uses, protects, and preserves this most vital resource.

COVID-19 Smell-Dysfunction/Unusual Drinking Water Taste and Odor Utility Survey
Drinking water utilities are asked to participate in a survey that is collecting data for consumer complaints at water utilities during COVID-19. As many have heard or read, COVID-19 infections are associated with sensory loss of smell (and flavor), and also a condition called parosmia. People who experience a loss of taste or smell from COVID-19 may experience, about 3 months later, a horrible disruption of their sense of smell, which is called parosmia. For example, drinking coffee or water may trigger a memory of the smell of gasoline or feces. It is an interesting issue that scientists want to understand better and ultimately resolve, and for which information from water companies may provide insight. This request was published in the April 2021 Journal AWWA Industry News (page 88).  If you are interested in participating in the survey, please click here to learn more.
WaterJAM Fresh Ideas Young Professional Poster Contest
Present your professional work and research to leading professionals in the water and environmental industries at the annual WaterJAM conference! Create a poster that showcases your innovative projects, research, and interests in the drinking water, wastewater, stormwater, and environmental fields. Young professionals and students are encouraged to participate!
The top poster in the drinking water category will win $1,000 and be invited to present at the 2022 AWWA Annual Conference and Exposition in San Antonio, Texas.  The top poster in the wastewater/stormwater/environmental category will win $1,000 and be recognized at the 2021 Water Environment Federation’s Exhibition and Conference.
Submit your 125-word poster abstracts to the poster contest committee by August 6th, 2021. To participate or for more information, please contact
Sarah Shay (,
Rusty Rouilier (,
and Sarah Busch (
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/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!
Revision to Waterworks Operation Fees (12VAC5-600-50), Effective July 1, 2021 – June 30, 2022


Purpose of notice and background information:  The Virginia Department of Health, Office of Drinking Water (ODW) is providing notice to all community waterworks of the change in the fee for each service connection from $2.95 to $3.00 under Acts 2021, c.552 and 12VAC5-600-50.

12VAC5-600-50 A states that the fee for each fiscal year for community waterworks is the number of customer accounts multiplied by no more than $3.00 and that the annual waterworks operation fee shall not exceed $160,000.  Acts 2021, c. 552, at Item 304 B, states that the “fee schedule for charges to community waterworks shall be adjusted to the level necessary to cover the cost of operating the Waterworks Technical Assistance Program, consistent with § 32.1-171.1, Code of Virginia, and shall not exceed $3.00 per connection to all community waterworks.” 

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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