As good as all the technical presentations
are, we all enjoy a break at conference and
are lucky to have so many great activities
going on. The Operator Competitions are a
highlight at Spring Conference and generate
a lot of enthusiasm from the crowds. The
winning teams from the Section go on to
represent us as they compete with teams
from other sections at ACE. And they represented
us well! It was very exciting and we
should be very proud of the job they did.
Two of our Pipe Tapping teams competed:
The Nor-Cal Tappers and the LA Tappers.
The Nor-Cal Tappers are from the City of
Brentwood and coached by Paul Senick.
Team members are Jim Howard, setter, James
Gallegos, cranker, and Eric Brennan, copper.
The LA Tappers are from the Los Angeles
Department of Water and Power. Afredo
Sandoval, setter, Matt Hogan, cranker, and
Nicholas Castruita, copper, are coach by Joe
James Gallegos and Casey Grijalva, both
from the City of Brentwood, competed in
Meter Madness. The Water Dogz Steve
Twitchell, representing Coastside County
Water District, and Jeff Page, representing
Montara Water and Sanitary District
competed in the Top Ops Challenge. You
guys all did a great job and on behalf of the
Section I want to thank you!
Ride with Purpose
I don’t know how many of you are familiar
with Water for People’s Ride with Purpose.
Riders from CA-NV have participated in the
past, but unfortunately none did this year.
Every year, a group of motorcycle riding
enthusiasts and water professionals gather
from all parts of the United States and
Canada. They meet up in several locations
and travel together until they descend en
masse at the Annual Conference. These
riders are proudly known as Water Buffalos
and are raising an incredible amount of
money for Water for People.
This year the Water Buffalos raised more
than $60,000, and to make their effort even
more exciting, the Texas Section made a bet
with the Water Buffalos that they could raise
more. The Texas Section won—just barely.
But the Water Buffalos couldn’t be happier
because together they raised somewhere
near $130,000! It was a really proud moment
as the Water Buffalos gathered and made
a presentation during the AWWA Board
meeting. A lot of money was raised and
that money will make a serious contribution
toward sustainable water projects in parts of
the world that desperately need them.
I am looking forward to witnessing that
presentation again in Denver at ACE 2013.
Will there be a Water Buffalo from California
or Nevada? I hope so! If you or someone you
know would like to join the Water Buffalos
in 2013, please contact me or Sophie James
(Chair of the Section’s Water for People
Committee) to learn about how the Section
may be able to support you in your efforts to
serve Water for People. S