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MI-AWWA Committees and Councils (Organizational Chart)

(Council Membership is by invitation, Council Descriptions)

Communications Council

Social Media

    This committee aims to generate and curate relevant content for the section’s social media channels. Working in light of the section’s social media policy and the workflow, the committee’s goal is to publish content that is diverse and educates the public about the water and wastewater sector in general.


Membership Council

    This committee is still in its infancy and working to put together its focus/purpose.

Young Professionals
    This committee is focused on new member engagement and placement into other committees. If you are new to the industry or if you are just getting your career started, the YP committee will help with networking, continuing education, and personal/professional growth. This committee hosts several networking events, plant tours across the state, fundraisers, and community awareness events. There are also public speaking opportunities and educational resources.

Education and Training Council

Regional Meeting Planning Committee
    Develops an agenda and a program for the Lower Peninsula Regional Meetings in the Spring and Fall. This committee arranges speakers, works on logistics with Section’s Meetings Manager, and finds moderators (often committee members) for the presentations.

U. P. Coordinating Committee
    This committee meets to coordinate the Spring and Fall training seminars in the Upper Peninsula. The Committee develops a program and agenda with topics and speakers.

Youth Education
    Joint Committee with MWEA; This committee’s goal is to promote the Water Industry in elementary through high schools with the intent of increasing awareness for the opportunity for jobs in the Water Industry as well as general water use and issues. Additionally, supporting teachers for water education purposes.

Water System Security and Emergency Preparedness
    This committee’s purpose is to coordinate MI-AWWA’s representation on Michigan WARN (group of operators and utility managers represented by water and wastewater, network for communicating emergency conditions). Also plans emergency response events and simulations of responses.

Distribution System Practices
    This committee shares knowledge about issues relating to the distribution of water, as well as input on topics and speakers for the Distribution training seminar in the Fall.

Research and Treatment Practices
    This committee focuses on current research of and leading treatment practices for emerging drinking water issues from source to tap. This committee helps organize and provides speakers (either committee members or recruit outside the committee) for Regional Meeting Seminar trainings. Additionally, the committee reviews applications from utilities for the Research and Technical Practices Award, reviews student Fellowship applications, and encourages young scholars to present and participate in research seminars.

Groundwater/Source Water
    This committee focuses on planning for the Groundwater/Source Water Conference every three years. Primary interests are education on protecting water sources, be they groundwater or surface water. The committee also reviews applications for the Well Head Protection Award.

Asset and Infrastructure Management
    Joint Committee with MWEA; meets to discuss the best practices and regulatory requirements for asset and infrastructure management. Provides educational seminars, networking, and opportunities to discuss policy with MDEQ.

Laboratory Practices
    Joint Committee with MWEA; meets to share knowledge about issues relating to laboratory techniques and methods. Brainstorms ideas on content and speakers for a Spring training seminar.

    Joint Committee with MWEA; meets to discuss best practices for equipment maintenance. Also supports operators and utilities in the general information on equipment maintenance.

Conference and Recognition Council

Annual Conference Planning
    This committee focuses on developing the program and agenda for the Section’s Annual Conference every September.

    This committee facilitates the Tapping, Meter Madness, and Hydrant Hysteria contests that take place at the Joint Expo and Operators Day Conference annually in February.

Best Tasting Water
    This committee facilitates the Best Tasting Water contests at the Spring Regional Meetings, and also the competition for the Regional winners to compete at the Section’s Annual Conference in September to find the Best Tasting Water in Michigan.

Faust Scholarship
    This committee evaluates applications from members for a monetary scholarship to someone in the pursuit of a bachelor or associate degree in the drinking water field.
The Michigan Section American Water Works Association Raymond J. Faust Scholarship was established to promote the pursuit of advanced education by water utility employees, a goal which commemorates the water supply career of Raymond J. Faust with the State of Michigan and the American Water Works Association.
The Faust Scholarship is available to any Michigan water utility employee and their dependents as well as other individuals pursuing a water utility career. The scholarship award is based on demonstrated dedication to the water supply industry and to the pursuit of a bachelor or associate degree in the drinking water field.

Association Service Awards
    Committee meets for the purpose of nominating members for AWWA awards and for AWWA positions on committees and councils.

Operator Meritorious Service Award Selection Committee
    Committee evaluates nominations of operators (nominated by their co-workers) who display dedicated service to their utility and the profession to give this Michigan Section Award.
The Operator Meritorious Service Award recognizes individuals for special performance in safeguarding public health, maintaining the water plant, developing or modifying equipment or processes, training of other water professionals, or other special acts that contributed to outstanding operations and public service.
Nominations are accepted in the spring of summer of each year, and due by June 30. A Section committee reviews and selects the awardee who is then recognized at the Section Annual Conference and Exhibits later the same year and at AWWA Annual Conference and Exposition the following year.

One AWWA Operator Scholarship
    This committee promotes and advertises to Michigan Colleges/Universities, high schools, and water operators the availability of this scholarship from the Michigan Section, partnered with the AWWA. The committee then evaluates applications and awards the scholarship to the selected winner. This scholarship is meant to target current or future operators, but anyone in or studying/training to be in a field related to water is welcome to apply.

Joint Expo

    This planning committee is a joint committee with MWEA and focuses on developing the program and agenda of Joint Expo and Operator’s Day, a conference put on jointly between MI-AWWA and MWEA annually in February. This 2-day conference has an Exhibition Hall and Operator trainings.

Manufacturers Advisory
    This is a joint committee with MWEA that focuses on the vendor group that supports our Conferences (Michigan Section Annual Conference and Joint Expo and Operator’s Day Conference).

Safe Water In Ecuador (SWIE)
    This committee focuses on fundraising for the support of water projects to bring safe, clean water to communities in Ecuador. In addition, we work with organizations in Ecuador to provide technical expertise during the design phases of a project.  We welcomed bi-annual group trips to help problem solve in the field, as well as provide supplies needed to help keep the various drinking systems sustainable.

Historical Preservation Committee
This committee works to capture the history of the water industry and share that history with membership through articles and presentations. Additionally, this committee works to recognize people in Michigan by nominating them for the Michigan Water Industry Hall of Fame Award given at the Section’s Annual Conference.

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