June/July Edition
We want to take a moment to say THANK YOU for all you do each day for the water industry. 
It takes all of us working together, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to keep safe and reliable water flowing to the citizens of Virginia. 
We appreciate your contributions and wish you a very Happy Drinking Water and Wastewater Professionals Appreciation Day!
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Upcoming Events
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2023 Corporate Sponsorship
Dec 01, 2022 - Dec 31, 2023
2023 Safety Seminar: Everyone, Everywhere, Safety
Lee Hall Maintenance and Operations Center
Jun 29, 2023
8:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Roanoke/Lynchburg Water Tower Showdown
BRWA’s Smith Mountain Lake Water Treatment Facility
Jul 08, 2023
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Cross Connection Devices: Inspection, Maintenance, and Testing- 16 Hours
Western VA Water Authority- Field Operations Center
Jul 10, 2023 8:30 AM -
Jul 12, 2023 5:00 PM
Young Professionals Meeting Featuring PE Panel Discussion
Jul 21, 2023
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Annual Good Lab Practices Conference
Hilton Richmond Hotel and Spa/Short Pump
Jul 31, 2023 8:45 AM -
Aug 01, 2023 6:00 PM
VA AWWA Networking Event - Washington Nationals
Nationals Park
Aug 19, 2023 4:00 PM
WaterJAM 2023 - The Power of Water
Virginia Beach Convention Center
Sep 11, 2023 - Sep 14, 2023
VA AWWA | VWEA 2023 - 2024 Leadership Academy
Online and Various sites
Sep 13, 2023
Cross Connection Devices: Inspection, Maintenance, and Testing- 16 Hours
Lee Hall Maintenance and Operations Center
Oct 02, 2023 8:30 AM -
Oct 04, 2023 5:00 PM
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WaterJAM 2023 - The Power of Water
September 11 - 14, 2023  | Virginia Beach, VA

Details for all things WaterJAM can be found on the conference website
Registration is NOW open - Sign up here!
News and Announcements
YP Events and Activities
Are you 35 years old or younger? Are you interested in networking with your peers?  If you answered yes, check out the upcoming Virtual YP Committee Meeting!   It will be held on July 21st from noon - 1 PM.  They will have an overview of each Region's activities and then an interactive panel discussion featuring four engineers who passed the PE (environmental and civil exams) in the past two years and one with experience retaking the exam.  

RSVP below, and access information will be emailed to you.

If you can't wait that long to hang out and have a good time, check out the next two networking events around the state:

If you have any questions or want more information about the YP Committee, please contact Hunter Ritchie at


Annual Good Laboratory Practices Conference
When:  Monday & Tuesday, July 31 - August 1
Where:  NEW LOCATION - Hilton Richmond Hotel & Spa/Short Pump
12042 West Broad Street, Richmond, VA 23233

Join VWEA and VA AWWA for the Annual Good Laboratory Practices Conference. This year’s conferences includes 5 workshops to choose from on Monday and a full-day of technical presentations on Tuesday. Tuesday morning will include a general session and the afternoon will offer three tracks (Water, Wastewater, and Management). The conference also includes an exhibit hall with over 20 exhibitors showcasing the latest laboratory equipment and instrumentation; and an exhibitors’ reception. 

Check out the details in the conference brochure and exhibitor packet linked above and register now. Prices increase after July 7th!

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 this Saturday, July 15th.  Details about each award are online (
Remember: It only takes a few minutes to nominate someone but the honor lasts a lifetime.
What are you waiting for?  Fun awaits you!
We have had a great time at several networking events this year.  If you haven't joined us yet, it's not too late.  Register now and reserve your spot for one of these exciting events!
Members, prospective members, colleagues, family, and friends are all welcome to attend.  Check out the details online and RSVP!  
**Sponsorship opportunities are available for each event. 
Workshops at JAM
JAM Workshops are offered all day or half day on Monday, as well as Thursday afternoon.  They are a great way to add to your WaterJAM experience and dig deeper into specific topics.  We have a LOT of great workshops for you to choose from this year.  Check out the conference website for more details, including dates and times.  
  • Virginia Design and Construction Project Forum - Membership Engagement Committee 
  • Go with the Flow - Joint Lab Practices Committee
  • Biosolids Basics - Fundamentals of Anaerobic Digestion:  Process, Design and Operations - VWEA Education Committee
  • Leveraging Created Value: Harvesting a Utility's Investment in Technology Solutions - Joint Technology Services Committee
  • Envision for Water/Wastewater Infrastructure Projects - Joint Sustainability Committee
  • A One Water Look at PFAS - Joint Utility Management Committee
  • Apprenticeship Programs, Building a Pipeline for the Future of the Water/Wastewater Industry - Joint Work for Water Committee
  • Take the Lead on Lead Communications: Putting into Practices AWWA's Lead Communications Guide - Water Awareness and Outreach Committee
  • Change is Coming: The Future of Stormwater in Virginia - VWEA Stormwater Committee
  • Success in Continuity of Operations Planning (COOP) - Joint Emergency Preparedness and Security Committee
  • Courageous Conversations - VA AWWA and VWEA Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committees
Each of these workshops can be added to your registration for an additional fee.  Many of the workshops will offer continuing education credits for operators.  
ACE23 Recap
ACE23 may be over, but the memories keep going!  Here are a few highlights... 
  • Food and fun were enjoyed at the Virginia Section reception Sunday night
  • Joe Jacangelo, AWWA President and Virginia Section member, kicked things off with a great Opening General Session
  • Prestigious Awards were received:
    • Lawrence Latour, 5 under 35 Young Professional Award
    • Geneva Hudgins, Jack Hoffbuhr Award
    • Virginia American Water, Wendell LaDue Safety Award
    • Virginia Section, Club Seven Membership Award
    • Tim Mitchell, George Warren Fuller Award
  • Exciting Competitions took place:
    • Rapid Tappin' - Edwin Marsh, Phillip Alexander, Jonathan Ogden, and Barry Heck - Bedford Regional Water Authority
    • Meter Challenge - Mike Sherwood and Dave Burnett - City of Virginia Beach
    • Hydrant Hysteria
      • Men’s team – Mike Sherwood, Dave Burnett, and Matt Hood - City of Virginia Beach and Consolidated Pipe
      • Women’s team – Amani Eisa, Carla Alayon, and Carlos De Ferrari - Arlington County
    • Tops Ops - Bernie Snyder, Michael Costello, and Mike Lamb - Town of Purcellville
    • Water Taste Test - City of Norfolk – Doug Beaver
DPOR Universal Licensing Recognition Effective July 1, 2023

The Virginia Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation (DPOR) and the Board for Waterworks and Wastewater Works Operators and Onsite Sewage System Professionals (WWWOOSSP) is launching application processes in conjunction with the Universal Licensing Recognition (ULR) law, which becomes effective July 1. As valued members of the professional community, we believe it is essential to keep you informed about this initiative and provide details on eligibility criteria for applicants should you get questions.



Have you been rewarded lately?

It is time to submit your activities to 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
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:
  • Water Systems Inspector (Distribution Division)
  • Program Supervisor, Revenue Optimization
  • Instrumentation & Control Specialist
  • Supervisor - Customer Service Quality Assurance
  • Waterworks Operator (all levels)
  • Utility Worker I
The webpage contains a summary of current job postings... but check back frequently for new positions posted daily/weekly. 

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