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IAMU Members Earn Water Operators of the Year Awards

Posted By IAMU, Wednesday, August 9, 2017

IAMU is proud of all of its members and what they do for their communities. We’d like to give special recognition to those members who received American Water Works Association (AWWA) Operator of the Year Awards this year.

Region 1:

  • Travis Bagby, Lisbon
  • Chester Lief, Olin
  • Mike Pape, Edgewood

Region 4:

  • Tim Collison, Little Sioux

Region 5:

  • Terry Danielson, Redfield

Note: Recipients from Region 2 and Region 3 will be announced this fall.

Tags:  APPA  Water 

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Regional Water Finance Forum

Posted By IAMU, Monday, August 7, 2017

"Financing the Future of Water Utilities: What's Ahead and How to Prepare"

Sept. 12, 2017

8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Stoney Creek Hotel & Conference Center
St. Joseph, Missouri

Discover ways your utility can plan, pay for and build water, wastewater and stormwater projects at the Regional Water Finance Forum in St. Joseph, Missouri on Sept. 12.

Water utilities and city officials from Missouri, Iowa, Nebraska and Kansas will come together to discuss water infrastructure financing strategies, challenges and successes.

For more information, and to register, click here.

Tags:  Regional Water Finance Forum  Water  Wichita State 

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HSEMD Notice on Kaspersky Lab Products

Posted By IAMU, Monday, August 7, 2017

Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management (HSEMD) and the Iowa Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO), have released a notice concerning Kaspersky Lab security products.

Please read the notice here.

Any questions related to this notice should be directed to John Benson, HSEMD, at (515) 725-3208 or

Tags:  Cyber Security  HSEMD  Kaspersky Lab  OCIO 

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EPA Launches Water Financing Clearinghouse Tool for Communities

Posted By IAMU, Wednesday, August 2, 2017

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is launching a new web-based portal called the Water Finance Clearinghouse to help communities make informed financing decisions for their drinking water, wastewater, and stormwater infrastructure needs.

The Clearinghouse includes a searchable database with more than $10 billion in water funding sources and more than 550 resources to support local water infrastructure projects.

The Water Finance Clearinghouse gives local decision makers an opportunity to search for available funding sources for water infrastructure as well as resources (such as reports, webpages, and webinars) on financing mechanisms and approaches that can help communities access capital to meet their water infrastructure needs. State, federal, local, and foundation funding sources and resources on public-private partnerships, asset management practices, revenue models, and affordability approaches are included in the Clearinghouse.

For more information on the Clearinghouse, click here.

To register for a webinar about how to use the Clearinghouse, click here.

Tags:  EPA  Water  Water Finance Clearinghouse 

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IAMU Mobile Crane Operator Certification Classes

Posted By IAMU, Wednesday, August 2, 2017


The Iowa Association of Municipal Utilities Electric and Safety Services departments will be holding mobile crane certification classes for digger derrick, service truck, and mobile crane operators.  OSHA’s updated crane standard REQUIRES that operators of lifting equipment be trained, evaluated and tested in order to obtain certification.

Background Information:

Although the new standard, 29 CFR 1926 Subpart CC, specifically exempts the digger derrick and the operator from meeting the requirements of the standard, the exemption applies only when it is used for work within the provisions of the power generation, transmission and distribution standards, or for construction work within the telecommunications standard.  The exemption does not apply if the digger derrick is used for lifting materials or to operate in working environments outside the scope of the standard because the equipment is essentially being used as a mobile crane.  For example, unloading materials from a truck, lifting a motor from a pump house to assist your water department, or providing assistance to any other city department will mean that the exemption no longer applies.  When equipment is used as a mobile crane, all provisions of the standard apply, including the operator certification rule.  OSHA also now requires that an operator be certified in specific areas when they operate equipment outfitted with a boom and winch and able to lift at least 2,000 pounds.  This includes service trucks in your public works, or water departments.

OSHA’s November 10, 2017 deadline for crane operators to have completed a certification status is quickly approaching.  The new standard has very specific operator requirements, one being to obtain operator certification from an independent testing organization accredited by a nationally recognized organization.  OSHA’s updated crane standard, 1926.1427 in Subpart CC, requires that for a testing organization to be considered accredited to certify operators, it must be accredited by a nationally recognized accrediting agency based on that agency’s determination that industry recognized criteria for written testing materials, practical examinations, test administration, grading, facilities/equipment and personnel have been met.  IAMU is now an Accredited Assessment Center through the National Center for Construction Education Research (NCCER).  We are authorized to conduct both hands-on assessments and practical examinations which are part of our Mobile Crane Operator Certification Program.  Additionally, we are offering Qualified Hand Signal Person and Qualified Rigger programs (available at a future date).

Who Should Attend:

Digger derrick and service truck crane operators who do not currently hold a mobile crane operator’s certification.

What Do These Classes and Certification Consist Of:

Classes will be a day and a half long, requiring classroom instruction, an on-line exam that has a 80% pass requirement, a practical exam for certification of mobile crane, and then finally a short class and practical exam for the signalperson and rigging qualifications. Students who pass the written and practical exams receive nationally recognized certification from the National Center for Construction Education Research (NCCER) to operate all mobile cranes (valid for five years).

Where Do These Classes Take Place:

IAMU Training and Office Complex
1735 NE 70th Avenue
Ankeny, IA  50021

When Will Classes Be Held:

There are currently 15 classes on the calendar for summer and fall 2017 scheduled at the IAMU complex.  Please click HERE or visit the IAMU website for available dates.  Class times will be 8:00 to 4:30 p.m. on Day 1; 8:00 to Noon on Day 2.  Lunch will be on your own.


Registration is now open.  There is a requirement of four (4) and maximum of eight (8) participants per class.  Classes are first-come, first-served so register early.  We expect these classes to fill up quickly.

For additional information about the classes and online registration for each event, click HERE.


If you have any questions in regards to the classes, or requirements, please contact:

Dan Llewellyn, IAMU Electric Services Coordinator (
Margret Meade, IAMU Safety Specialist (
Phone:  (800) 810-4268

Tags:  Digger Derrick  Electric  Mobile Crane  NCCER  Safety Services 

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