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RUMBLES - September 2015

rocky mountain view From the RMWEA President Edyta Stec-Uddin, P.E., C.W.P. It is already September, and this is the last time I am writing this column as the RMWEA President. As we are all getting ready to attend RMSAWWA/ RMWEA Joint Annual Conference in Loveland, Colorado, our Confer-ence Committee is getting really busy making sure everything is ready. This year, we added extra events, including a large equipment show outside of the main exhibit space. We also changed the Exhibit Hall hours (based on last year’s attendee feedback) to provide more flexibility for attendance. As always, we have multiple technical sessions, including water and waste-water treatment, management, regula-tions, and new this year, two tracks of laboratory presentations. In the past few years, we learned there is a need for non-technical presentations. On Monday afternoon, WEF’s Linda Kelly will present information on how to suc-cessfully communicate with all types of personalities. There are several other events worth mentioning, including the Water Taste Test, the Operations Challenge demonstration, and the Tapping Contest. You can also compete in the Toilet Bowl Trivia Competition and check your water and wastewa-ter knowledge. Whatever you choose to do, please take a moment and say hello and thank this year’s Conference Committee and Co-Chairs—Greg Woodward and Bill Peretti. We are always looking for volunteers to assist with next year’s conference, which will be in Keystone, Colorado. If you are interested, please let me know. With this being the last time I write as 8 | RUMBLES SEPTEMBER 2015 RMWEA President, I offer this recap on what has happened in the past year. We hosted several successful events including a free PWO seminar in Greeley. Our newly incorporated Joint Training Operators Committee put together great week-long training programs in January, March, and July. Our joint New Mexico Involvement Committee conducted its first annual workshop. This event took place late in April and was sold out! More than 100 people attended, demonstrating the need for more events in New Mexico. The other project we started was the membership database update. We are proceeding with a web-based mem-bership database. Once the switchover is complete, it will be easy to sign up for RMWEA events and easier to keep track of RMWEA membership renewal dates. Our Membership Committee is also working on increasing the value of being an RMWEA member, retention, and reaching out to non-members. As we look forward to 2016, RMWEA will host a couple of prestigious events. WEFMAX (WEF Member Association Exchange) will be held in May. This event brings members from other regional WEF associations to share their experiences, ideas, and learn how to make local chapters better. Our second event—the International Nutrient Conference—is in the final planning stages. This event’s focus is on the newest technologies and con-cepts for more economical, innovative ways to treat wastewater. We are very excited to see this event coming to Denver in July. We will keep everyone Continued on page 12 WEFMAX (WEF Member Association Exchange) will bring members from other regional WEF associations to share their experiences, ideas, and learn how to make local chapters better . . . the International Nutrient Conference will focus on the newest technologies and concepts for more economical, innovative ways to treat wastewater.


RUMBLES - September 2015
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