Friday, April 21, 2017

Small Systems Webinar Offers Guidance!

The following FREE webinar for small systems serving populations of 10,000 or less is made possible through a US Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) Grant and AWWA’s training partner, the Environmental Finance Center Network (EFCN). AWWA membership is not required; however, individuals must register for the event.


I’ve Completed My Water Audit, Now What? 


When: May 3, 2017, 2-3 PM EST


From this webinar session Attendee's will:

  • Understand the need to examine data validity before taking any other actions;
  • Understand the tools that can be used to address each of the following:
    • Unbilled metered usage
    • Apparent losses
    • Real losses
  • Learn how to base the use of tools on the volumes and values of each category




Direct webinar questions to Khris Dodson at

Direct all other small system training questions to

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2-hour Financial Sustainability for Small Systems eLearning Course 

This eLearning course focuses on 3 major areas needed by small systems to achieve financial sustainability; including understanding enterprise funds and their revenues, as well as an overview of what is needed to protect public health through safe water.



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CLICK HERE for other FREE Small Systems Training available from AWWA.


Tuesday, April 11, 2017
Volunteers needed for the Iowa Children's Water Festival!

The Iowa Children's Water Festival will be held Thursday, May 11, 2017 at the Des Moines Area Community College Ankeny Campus. Volunteers are needed for this event and volunteer opportunities include; class guides, presenter-exhibitor assitants, games, runners, lunch helpers, bus guides. Download the Volunteer Registration Form for additional information on how to register to volunteer for this event. Volunteer registration deadline is April 28, 2017.
Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Join the Maintenance Committee

The Maintenance Committee is seeking additional committee members from the Iowa Water Industry. For more information about the Maintenance Committee, visit the Maintenance Committee webpage or contact Gary Eschelman at

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Iowa's Water Quality: A Public Health Perspective


Public health is increasingly called upon to understand and speak to water quality issues nationally and in Iowa. This Iowa Public Health Association convening will establish a foundation for a public health perspective on water quality.


When: Monday, April 10, 2017,  11:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Where: Holiday Inn, Airport Conference Center, Des Moines, Iowa


IPHA intends to bring together a diverse group of professionals to consider the array of challenges to Iowa’s water quality through the lens of public health.


Target audience: public and environmental health officials, laboratory professionals, water utilities and water operators, drinking water and water quality advocates, municipalities and legislators


This interactive workshop will include presentations and panel Q&A.


CLICK HERE to download the event flyer and agenda. Register online by Tuesday, April 4, 2017.

Register today at

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Spring Short Course Registration is Open!

Registration for the 2017 Spring Short Course is now open! Visit the Short Course webpage to register online or to download the course program and registration materials. Save $20 by registering online! The deadline to receive the early-bird discount on registration is April 3, 2017. 

Wednesday, February 22, 2017


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                             For more information, contact:

February 7, 2017                                                Steve Moehlmann (515) 965-7015




Annual Event Raises $18,007 for Student Scholarships


The fifth annual Shrimp and Bingo Scholarship Fundraiser raised $18,007 for the Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC) Foundation to fund DMACC Water Environmental Technology (WET) program scholarships for students. Over the past five years, $93,534.50 has been raised in this annual fundraiser. A total of 153 students have received scholarships from this fundraiser over the past five years.

People from the water and wastewater treatment industry, DMACC employees, including President Rob Denson and students in the program, attended the annual event last August.  They enjoyed a meal of shrimp, andouille sausage, with side dishes and great desserts, played bingo and won great prizes.  More than $4,000 worth of prizes were given during the event, including $250 worth of beef and pork raised by the DMACC Ag Department, tickets to a gourmet dinner prepared by DMACC Iowa Culinary Institute™ students, four tickets to an Iowa State University football game, an Iowa Getaway package, a tool set, gift certificates of various amounts, and numerous smaller gift certificates. 


The scholarships provided from money raised at the Shrimp and Bingo event are a difference maker to students.


The water and wastewater industry needs highly skilled workers to keep pace with the demand to modernize; as well as the numerous employees in the profession approaching retirement age.


The annual Shrimp and Bingo event is a collaboration between DMACC and several industry groups including the Iowa Association of Municipal Utilities (IAMU), Iowa Association of Water Agencies (IAWA), Iowa Water Environment Association (IAWEA), Iowa Section of American Water Works Association (IAWWA) and the Iowa Rural Water Association (IRWA). 


Planning is already underway for this year’s Shrimp and Bingo event to be held Saturday, August 26, 2017.



Des Moines Area Community College, a public institution serving the educational and career training needs of Iowans, is committed to the lifelong success of its students. As Iowa’s largest two-year college, DMACC offers 222 programs, certificates and transfer degrees, annually serving more than 70,000 credit and noncredit students on six campuses and six learning centers. Thanks to college-wide innovation, new programs and affordable tuition, DMACC continues to experience solid growth. For more information, please visit

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Apply for the 2017 Iowa Water Industry Leadership Institute!

The American Water Works Association - Iowa Section is pleased to announce the fifth session of the Iowa Water Industry Leadership Institute. The Leadership Institute is strategically crafted to provide a forum for new and emerging water industry leaders to build their personal leadership skills. For more information on the Leadership Institute, visit the
Leadership Institute page or CLICK HERE to download the 2017 Leadership Institute brochure and application form. 

Applications are due Friday, February 24, 2017.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

News Release - Ihrig Appointed City of Dubuque Water Department Manager

Denise Ihrig has been appointed Dubuque's next water department manager effective January 1, 2017. As water department manager, Ihrig will manage the operation and maintenance of the City's water treatment facility, water distribution system, and associated facilities. CLICK HERE to read the full press release.

Monday, October 17, 2016

SAVE THE DATE for the Iowa AWWA 2017 Annual Conference
Date: October 10-12, 2017
Where: MidAmerica Center, Council Bluffs, Iowa

Event agenda and registration details will be posted on the Annual Conference page closer to the event.