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Water Distribution Training & Water Leak Detection/Line Locating Workshops - September 10th & 11th

Posted By IAMU, Monday, August 19, 2019

Mark your calendars for the IAMU Water Distribution & Leak Detection/Line Locating Workshops.  The workshops will take place September 10th - 11th at the IAMU Training and Office Complex.

Water Distribution Training topics will include:

  • Fire hydrant maintenance
  • Water main tapping / HydraStop
  • Water main installation / repair & fittings

Water Leak Detection / Line Locating topics will include:

  • Water leak detection (with various equipment)
  • Line locating
  • Trenching & shoring
  • Fittings

0.6 CEUs each day for Water Distribution.


Early Registration (on or before September 6th)

  • IAMU Members - $65/day or $115 both days
  • Non-Members - $105/day or $190 both days

Late/At-the-Door Registration

  • IAMU Members - $75/day or $135 both days
  • Non-Members - $115/day or $210 both days

Registration is open.  For more information about the workshops, brochure, and online registration, click HERE.

Tags:  CEUs  Leak Detection  Line Locating  Water  Water Distribution 

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Happy Water and Wastewater Workers Week! Come Join Us for Lunch on Friday!

Posted By IAMU, Monday, August 19, 2019

IAMU is hosting a luncheon on Friday, August 23, 2019, at IAMU, as part of Water and Wastewater Workers Week. The event will go from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. The menu includes hamburgers, brats, salads, chips, and cookies. We will also be drawing for door prizes.

Tags:  Wastewater  Water  Water & Wastewater Worker Week 

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New Grants Available from Iowa Wastewater & Drinking Water Treatment Financial Assistance Fund

Posted By Josh Trout, Friday, August 16, 2019

The Iowa Wastewater and Drinking Water Treatment Financial Assistance Fund was created in 2018 to give grants to water and wastewater projects.  The Fund was established by Senate File 512 and is described in Iowa Code Section 16.134.

The application for the first grant awards is now available.  Applications must be submitted to the Iowa Finance Authority (IFA) by September 13, 2019.

The grant priorities are:

  • Disadvantaged communities (Note: communities must have received disadvantaged designation)
  • Projects that will significantly improve water quality in the watershed
  • Projects that use alternative wastewater treatment technologies (Note: all projects proposing alternative technologies must be approved by the Iowa DNR)
  • Communities with the highest sewer or water rates
  • Projects that use technology to address nutrient reduction
  • Projects that will improve source waters for drinking water utilities

The grant awardees are determined by a committee consisting of the Iowa Secretary of Agriculture (or designee), the Executive Director of the Iowa Finance Authority (IFA) (or designee), and the Director of the Iowa DNR (or designee).  Awards will be announced in October.

The application form and more information are available at the IFA website

Tags:  Grants  IDNR  IFA  Water 

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IAMU Offers Career Information Materials to Iowa High Schools

Posted By Josh Trout, Friday, August 16, 2019

IAMU has developed a series of materials for high school guidance counselors to provide their students. The materials focus on careers in utilities and are designed to expose high schoolers to the many opportunities in – and benefits of – utility careers.

The materials include:

  • A brochure
  • A poster
  • Four social medial posts

An email explaining the materials along with PDFs of the materials have been sent to all Iowa high school guidance counselors. The files are also available on the IAMU website on a new page dedicated to high schools. You can find the page by going to > Resources > High School Career Info. The downloadable PDFs are available at the bottom of the page.

In addition to making these files available electronically, IAMU has offered to print and mail kits of materials to schools that request them. The offer was included in the email that went out to guidance counselors.

If you have any questions about this campaign, please feel free to contact Jen Cronin, IAMU Communications Specialist, at

Tags:  High School Career Info  Utility Careers 

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Underground Electric Distribution Workshop is September 18-20

Posted By IAMU, Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Mark your calendars for this year’s Underground Electric Distribution Workshop.  This year’s workshop will take place September 18 – 20, at the IAMU Training and Office Complex.

An Underground Installation Project consisting of a variety of topics and hands-on stations will be offered at this year’s workshop.  This training will include:

  1. Directional Boring & Duct Handling
  2. Technical Locating
  3. Elbows & Terminations
  4. Troubleshooting / Protective Grounding
  5. Cable Identification
  6. Primary & Secondary Splicing
  7. Trencher Operation

Apprenticeship testing is available on September 17 and the morning of September 18.  Apprentices are able to take their Year-end/Module Final Exams as well as Year-end/Module Final Skill Evaluations.  *Apprentices must pre-register for testing and skill evaluations.*  These are the only available times, during the workshop, for evaluations and registration is limited.

The workshop luncheon allows attendees to mingle and network in an informal setting.

Registration is open.

The registration deadline for this workshop is Friday, September 13.  You may mail, or fax the registration form in.  You may also register online at the IAMU website at and clicking on the workshop under the “Events” link.

*Registration is capped at 48 participants.*

For additional information regarding the workshop, including online registration, brochure, agenda and schedule, please click HERE.

Tags:  Apprenticeship  Electric  Underground 

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