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committee spotlight Participation, Representation, Value — The Colorado Water Utility Council As you read this article, ACE15 in Anaheim, California, will be behind us, and the RMSAWWA/RMWEA Joint Annual Conference in Loveland, Colorado, September 13–16 will be look-ing us squarely in the eye. As your new AWWA Director from the Rocky Moun-tain Section, I wanted to do a quick intro-duction and short education on the roles of the RMSAWWA Governing Board. The Colorado Water Utility Council (CWUC) functions as a committee of the Rocky Mountain Section of AWWA. This group brings together water utility man-agers, lab managers, regulators, consul-tants, and engineers in monthly council meetings, which are a great forum to share ideas and experience and gain valuable insight into Colorado Water Quality Con-trol Division efforts and initiatives. Coun-cil members have a voice in these critical water quality affairs, as well as take back this valuable information to aid in their organizations’ operational effectiveness and regulatory compliance. The goal of the CWUC is to provide lead-ership in all areas of drinking water policy, 34 | RUMBLES SEPTEMBER 2015 and although primarily focused on drink-ing water quality and regulatory issues, there is significant overlap with legislative activity, water related fees, lab analysis and reporting, and watershed management. The council has been effective in support-ing the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment’s stakeholder processes during revisions to the Colo-rado Primary Drinking Water Regulations, and sends representatives to the annual AWWA Fly In, during which CWUC lead-ers meet and discuss water issues with elected federal officials. Involvement in CWUC provides its mem-bers opportunities to network and grow relationships with other industry leaders throughout the state of Colorado, rein-forces valuable leadership skills such as organizing and running meetings, and enhances members’ effectiveness in their everyday roles. “Colorado’s Water Utility Council has been, and continues to be, a great way to share information with other drinking water utilities, to collaborate on national and state policy and regulatory issues, and to enhance one’s leadership skills through a variety of volunteer opportunities,” said Sean Lieske, Manager of Aurora Water Permitting and Compliance and a former CWUC Chair. “Organized under the lead-ership of the Rocky Mountain Section of the American Water Works Association, the Colorado Water Utility Council pro-vides water utilities with the chance to have a common voice on issues of impor-tance to the water community.” Members of the Rocky Mountain Sec-tion from utilities of all sizes are strongly encouraged to participate in the monthly CWUC meetings either in person or via the phone-in option. If you are interested in participating in the Council or learning more about its activi-ties, contact me at btracy@erwsd.org for more information. Brian Tracy is the CWUC Chair and Water Division Manager at the Eagle River Water and Sanitation District in Vail, Colorado. He is also on the Board of Directors for the Eagle River Watershed Council. By Brian Tracy Delivering Water, Wastewater, and Water Reuse Solutions Engineering Consultants in Planning, Design, Construction Management and Program/Project Management Throughout North America Lakewood 143 Union Blvd, Suite 1000, Lakewood, CO 80228 303.831.4700 www.hatchmott.com


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