Streamline - Winter 2014 - (Page 9)
BY MYRICA W. KEISER, VRWA EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Rattling About the Important Things
WELL, HERE I am again, digging deep in my so-called brain, trying to come up with a topic for this
winter issue of StreamLine. At present, nothing is jumping out at me, so it looks like I may be rattling a little. Sorry!
This is the
time of year
is also the
time for you,
the water and
So let's talk conference first: Plans are in
full swing for the 27th Annual Conference and
Technical Exposition, with hopes to make it bigger and better. Mark your calendars for April
13-15, 2015, at the Hotel Roanoke and Conference
Center, Roanoke, Va. New this year will be Game
Night. With the cost of the casino games and
the lack of attendees last year, we passed on the
casino activities. This gave our vendors another
opportunity to take out their customers to show
their appreciation for their business. Yet, others
did not like the down time and wished we had
planned an activity to keep them busy. So this
year, we are going to try a Game Night - fun
only, no prizes, no contest (except of your own),
just a time to get together, socialize and have fun.
Some of the games we will have will be golf, corn
hole, bingo, Wii games, card games, etc. Along
with the games will be a keg of beer and light
refreshments. We will also use this time to host
our Water Taste contest, a time to see who has
the best tasting water in the state of Virginia. So
come join us. We promise it will be fun.
Moving on: By publishing date, we will
have attended NRWA's annual conference in
Seattle, entered into "hunting" season, celebrated
Columbus Day, Halloween, Thanksgiving and
will be getting ready for Christmas. In the midst
of all these celebrations was election day. This
is one of the few times American citizens really
get to voice their opinions. Voting is important
because the person who sits or is elected in office
represents you. That person is the voice that
makes rules and regulations that affect you. It's
the same for us here at VRWA. Every January, we
head to Richmond on your (our members) behalf.
It is the time to meet with our state representatives
and keep them informed on what rules and regulations will affect you and your systems. We
are a voice for you to use. In February, we head
to Washington, D.C., for NRWA's Water Rally.
This gives us the opportunity to speak to our
federal representatives, reminding them of the
importance of our funding. It also gives us an
opportunity to share with them just how the funds
are used and not wasted.
This also becomes the time of year for fall/
winter cleaning. A time to put away summer
clothes, pull out the winter ones, bring in the
plants or cover them up, prepare the cars for the
winter, pull down the storm windows to keep out
the cold air. It is also the time for you, the operator, to start winterizing the water and wastewater
plants. What about your emergency management
plans? Have they been updated? When was the
last time you looked at your short- and long-range
plans? Is it time to blow the dust off the plans and
see what can be checked off, revised and added?
What about your much needed CPE's? Are they
up to date? Check VRWA's training calendar and
see when and where the next training session will
be. Have you mailed in your VRWA membership
dues so you will not miss any training notifications, conference information and updates?
Okay, I think my rattling time is up. Let me
leave you with a couple of reminders:
1. Sign up for the 27th Annual VRWA Conference
and Technical Exposition.
2. Write your congressman - tell them how
important our programs are to you.
3. Mail in your membership if you have not
already done so.
4. Call us when you are in need of assistance -
we are here for you.
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Streamline - Winter 2014
From the President: Three Years Later
From the Executive Director: Rattling About the Important Things
Water and Wastewater Systems
Regret: How to Live with What You Cannot Change
OSHA Compliance for Public Works
Nutrient Contamination and Source Water
USDA Rural Development
Cleared for Takeoff!
Emergency Tank Repair Prevention and Preparation
Virginia Offenders Train for Wastewater Treatment Jobs
2014-2015 Membership Directory
Throwing My Loop: Revelators
Do You Know What Your VRWA Benefits Are?
VRWA Training Calendar
Welcome New Members
Board of Directors
Index to Advertisers/ Ad.com
Streamline - Winter 2014