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PHMSA Revised Distribution Annual Reports

Posted By IAMU, Monday, July 6, 2015


Beginning in 2016 PHMSA form 7100.1-1 the distribution annual report, will have some new questions on the form for our gas utilities.  The biggest change is the new requirement, to report for this current year, the number of excavation damages by apparent root cause using the basic root cause categories from the Common Ground Alliance’s Damage Information Reporting Tool (DIRT).  

Last year in anticipation to PHMSA’s new form, IAMU’s April 2014 revision of the model Gas Operating and Maintenance Plan (O&M) added the DIRT reporting form to the plan.  The form is titled “Dig-In Report” and is in section 11 of the O&M, pages 115 and 116.  You should be using this form this year whenever you have a dig-in on your gas pipes.  By filling the form out as you have dig-ins will assist you with the information you will need to fill out next year’s annual report.

Tags:  7100.1-1  Dig-In Report  DIRT  Gas  O&M  PHMSA 

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Indianola to Celebrate 125 Years of Municipal Electric

Posted By IAMU, Monday, July 6, 2015
Save the Date and help Indianola Municipal Utilities celebrate 125 years as a public power provider in Indianola, Iowa.  The celebration will be held on Tuesday, October 6, 2015 beginning at 5:30pm at the Kent Center of Simpson College.  More details will be available in The Informer as the day approaches.

Tags:  Anniversary  Indianola 

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IAMU Grants Workshop

Posted By IAMU, Wednesday, July 1, 2015

On Monday, August 3, 2015 IAMU is offering a Grants Workshop to provide members with information about grant opportunities available for infrastructure improvements and energy efficiency.  If you've never applied for a grant before, this workshop will help you get started.

If you have ideas for a grant, representatives from various state agencies will be on hand to talk about various opportunities and answer your questions.

Workshop Agenda

* 9:00 - 9:30 a.m.      Registration
* 9:30 - 10:00 a.m.    Grants 101: An introduction to grants and what they may provide for your utility
* 10:00 - 10:45 a.m.  Grants and Utilities: The City of Bloomfield has received and
administered several grants successfully, and will speak about their experiences
* 10:45 - 11:00 a.m.   Break
* 11:00 - 11:50 a.m.   IEDA: The Iowa Economic Development Authority will speak on the grant opportunities they provide for utilities, including Community Development Block Grants
* 11:50 - 12:30 p.m.   Lunch (provided)
* 12:30 - 1:20 p.m.     SRF: The State Revolving Fund will talk about the funding opportunities they provide for water and wastewater programs
* 1:20 - 2:10 p.m.      USDA: The United States Department of Agriculture will talk about the many funding opportunities and assistance they provide for rural development, including energy and utilities
* 2:10 - 3:00 p.m.      Wrap-up, questions, and networking

CLICK HERE to register for this informative event!

Tags:  Ankeny  Grant Workshop  IAMU 

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DNR's 24/7 Environmental Emergency Number Changing July 1

Posted By IAMU, Wednesday, July 1, 2015

by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources

Take note. First responders, industries, businesses, cities and livestock producers – in short, anyone who might need to report an environmental emergency – the DNR’s 24/7 environmental hotline changes on July 1. 

“If you’ve ever had a spill, a wastewater discharge, a fish kill, problems with drinking water or similar event, change the number now,” said Barb Lynch, chief of the DNR’s field services. “The last thing you want is to look for the number during an emergency caused by a power outage.”

The new number is 515-725-8694. For the next six months, people who call the old number will hear a recorded message with the new number.

While you may never have to report an emergency, updating the new number on emergency management plans, facility bulletin boards and internal documents, plus email and phone contact lists ensures you’ll have it when you need it. 

Find more information about who should use the emergency number and when to use it at Look for the Environmental Hotline Reporting Guide in the Forms and Guides table at the bottom of the page.

Tags:  IDNR 

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Shrimp and Bingo Fundraiser Coming in August

Posted By IAMU, Wednesday, July 1, 2015

The 4th Annual "Shrimp and Bingo" scholarship fundraiser for the Water Environmental Technology Program at Des Moines Area Community College is scheduled for Saturday, August 22, 2015 and tickets are now on sale. 

The event raises money for scholarships to students in the Water Environmental Technology Program at DMACC, and is held at the FFA Enrichment Center in Ankeny.  A social hour will begin at 5:30pm.  The shrimp feast is at 6:30pm and is followed by bingo and prices.  There will be live entertainment during the event as well.

For tickets to Shrimp and Bingo, CLICK HERE.

For information on scholarships, CLICK HERE.

For more information contact Dennis Hayworth at 515-256-4919 or

Tags:  DMACC  Shrimp and Bingo  WET 

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