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Water Members: Be on the lookout for salary survey, enter to win $100

Posted By IAMU, Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Earlier this week, IAMU sent out a salary survey to our water members. IAMU often gets requests for salary information, so we developed a short survey to collect basic starting salary information for water and wastewater system employees (an electric and gas one were done earlier this year). Although no two systems are the same and there are many other benefits to consider, the survey numbers will give members a starting point when evaluating their wages.

Once we have the information compiled, IAMU will share it with members by posting it on the IAMU website and providing it upon request.

If you have any questions or didn’t receive the survey in your email inbox, please feel free to contact Jill Soenen at jsoenen@iamu.org or by phone at 515.289.1999.

Please have your survey completed by June 3. Everyone who completes the survey will be entered in a drawing for a $100 gift card.

Tags:  Salary Survey  Water 

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City of Pleasantville holds ribbon cutting for State Revolving Water Resource Restoration Sponsored Project

Posted By IAMU, Tuesday, April 30, 2019

The City of Pleasantville, in partnership with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources and Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig, is holding a ribbon-cutting ceremony at Shadle Park on Wednesday, May 1, 2019 at 1 p.m. The ribbon-cutting ceremony will celebrate the completion of Pleasantville’s State Revolving Fund Water Resource Restoration Sponsored Project, in conjunction with Soil and Water Conservation Week.  

Speakers for the event include Joe Mrstik, Pleasantville City Administrator, Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig, Ed Tormey, Acting Division Administrator of Environmental Services Division of the Iowa DNR, and Nate Carhoff and Jordan Stoermer from Snyder & Associates.

Students from the Pleasantville School District will be installing native prairie plants in the bioretention cells as an educational component of the project. The student activity will take place before the ribbon cutting.

“This project is just one example of many projects across the state that allows cities to address and improve water quality measures in their communities,” said Acting DNR Environmental Services Division Administrator Ed Tormey. “The City of Pleasantville has implemented some cutting-edge efforts through this project. This is a great example of how important the SRF program is to our state and the communities.”

“Urban water quality projects allow partners and local stakeholders to work together and take actionable steps that support the Nutrient Reduction Strategy,” said Naig. “I commend Pleasantville for their commitment to improving Shadle Park.”

Through the Sponsored Project Program, Pleasantville developed a project to address a water quality concern in its community. The project includes permeable pavers, bioretention cells, and soil quality restoration at Shadle Park. These practices collectively capture and treat stormwater from the park before it runs into Shadle Park Pond to prevent nutrients and sediment from entering the water.

The Sponsored Project Program enables communities like Pleasantville to fund a locally-directed, watershed-based, non-point source water quality improvement project. The Sponsored Project Program is implemented through the Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF), a loan program for construction of wastewater improvement projects.

On a typical CWSRF loan, principal is borrowed for the wastewater project and the borrower repays the principal plus interest and fees. On a CWSRF loan with a sponsored project, principal is borrowed for both the wastewater project and the sponsored project. In return the interest rate of the CWSRF loan is reduced so the borrower does not pay any more than they would have for just the wastewater project. Effectively, two water quality projects can be completed for the cost of one.

The Shadle Park project was made possible through partnerships with multiple groups and agencies, including the City of Pleasantville, Snyder & Associates, and the State Revolving Fund, which is jointly administered by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources and Iowa Finance Authority with technical assistance provided by Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship. 

Tags:  IDNR  Pleasantville  SRF  Water 

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Iowa 2018 Community Water Fluoridation Report Available

Posted By Josh Trout, Wednesday, April 24, 2019

From Sara Carmichael-Stanley, IDPH Water Fluoridation Coordinator

The Iowa 2018 Community Water Fluoridation Report is now available. It’s listed under the “Community Water Fluoridation” heading as the full report and also as a one-page summary. 

For further information, contact Sara at sara.carmichael-stanley@idph.iowa.gov or
(515) 204-3450.

Tags:  IDPH  Water 

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Notice of Expiration of Current Certificate for Iowa Certified Water and Wastewater Operators

Posted By IAMU, Wednesday, April 24, 2019

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is notifying all certified Water Treatment, Water Distribution, and Wastewater operators that their current Iowa certificate will expire on June 30, 2019.

Renewal Applications: Renewal applications will be available as of May 1st under each operator’s individual details on our on-line database. Notifications will be sent out on May 3-4, via the U.S. mail. We are encouraging operators to renew on-line using a credit card or electronic check.

Continuing Education Renewal Requirements: Continuing education hours are still being reported to the DNR, and we are still missing quite a few from February and March classes. If your CEUs did not appear online after April 18th, please contact Beth at Elizabeth.Feilmeier@dnr.iowa.gov or call 515-725-0463.

For renewal on June 30, 2019, you are required to earn the amount of CEUs required by the certificate(s) you held on April 1, 2017. Please note: If you are not required to earn CEUs this renewal period, you still must complete the renewal application and pay the appropriate fee.

Tags:  CEUs  IDNR  Water 

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Be Sure to Register for IAMU’s Water Distribution Training and Water Leak Detection/Line-Locating Workshop

Posted By IAMU, Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Water members, don't miss out on the Water Distribution and Leak Detection/Line-Locating Workshop.  Be sure to register.

The two-day workshop will be held May 22 and May 23 at the IAMU Office and Training Complex in Ankeny, Iowa. Each day of the hands-on training is eligible for 0.6 CEUs for Water Distribution.

Day 1 rotating sessions include:

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

Day 2 rotating sessions include:

  • Water leak detection
  • Line locating
  • Trenching & shoring
  • Fittings

For more information or to register, click here.

Tags:  CEUs  Leak Detection  Line Locating  Water  Water Distribution 

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