It is with great pleasure that I write this
greeting as the new Executive Director of
the California-Nevada Section of AWWA. I
see a bright future ahead for the Association.
In future issues of SOURCE, I hope to keep
you connected with what is happening with
the Section and occasionally with key issues
facing the water community, both within
our own region and more broadly on the
national and international scene.
As some of you know, I have almost two
decades of experience with California water
utilities, having worked at Three Valleys
Municipal Water District in Claremont
and at the Metropolitan Water District of
Southern California. I am looking forward
to expanding my circle of water friends and
colleagues to the entire reach of our Section.
Most recently, I worked as Senior Manager of
Technical Programs at AWWA headquarters
in Denver, where I was happy to finish up
with a very successful Utility Management
Conference in February.
Since coming on board as the Section’s
Executive Director, it’s been a busy time.
We have had a superb Spring Conference in
Long Beach, where I also had the privilege
of honoring the Long Beach Water Department
for 100 years of outstanding service
to the city’s residents. We also co-located
this event and shared an exhibit hall with
the Membrane Technology Conference, one
of AWWA’s annual specialty conferences.
While both the Section and the National
Association had to make many adjustments
to the usual conference practices, I found
the experiment worthwhile, and hope that
from this experience a model may emerge
to make this viable option for future conferences
A great delegation of more than a dozen
CA-NV Section members also visited Washington,
DC, for the annual Water Matters!
Fly-In. Paired with Chair Phil Holderness, I
had several visits with members of Congress
and key staff members to help with their
understanding of important matters in this
session of Congress. In our visits on Capitol
Hill, we explained the value of an infrastructure
bank, challenges utilities face in the
area of chemical security, and opportunities
for the Farm Bill to promote efficient water
As I look at the Section today, there is a very
impressive array of programs to serve the
membership—training, education, certification,
networking, and representing the
drinking water community on key legislative
and regulatory matters. Tight financial times
have challenged many utilities and companies
to keep their membership current, but
as you read this, feel proud and vindicated
to remain an active member in CA-NV.
The fact is that the utilities and companies
who continue as members are the ones
with the best, most up-to-date knowledge
and, therefore, best positioned for success.
So take advantage of the great programs
your association offers—the investment in
yourself and your employees will be richly
rewarded over time.
A new opportunity we are very excited to
add this year is the on-line training program
that we call H2O Know. At very reasonable
prices, members can access training materials
on both water and safety topics at times
when it is most convenient. As the Section
rolls out more of our water curriculum in
coming months, I encourage you to sign up
your utility for this great new program.
I look forward to serving you and guiding the
realization of the Governing Board’s vision
and Strategic Plan. S
A Bright Future Ahead
For the Section
By Tim Worley, Executive Director, CA-NV AWWA