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|Monday, June 27, 2011||15:05|
(Drinks Media Wire). West Des Moines General Manager accepts gavel at conclusion of successful ACE11 in Washington, D.C.
Pledging to work to assure “the highest water quality is preserved for future generations,” West Des Moines (Iowa) Water Works General Manager Jerry Stevens took the reins as president of the American Water Works Association (AWWA) at the conclusion of the 2011 Annual Conference and Exposition in Washington, D.C.
Stevens is a registered professional engineer and certified water treatment plant operator and distribution system operator. He has been a member of AWWA, the world’s largest association of water professionals, for more than 36 years. He follows Joseph Mantua, Black & Veatch customer services manager, in leading the 130-year-old organization.
In accepting the gavel, Stevens said his priorities would be to optimize value for members, pursue beneficial alliances and partnerships, and grow leadership and development opportunities for young professionals. “It was once said that the test of an organization is not genius, it is the capacity to help extraordinary people achieve extraordinary things,” he said. “I look forward to working with each of you to achieve extraordinary things this year for AWWA.”
ACE11 featured more than 100 professional sessions and an exposition with 500 companies and more than 1,000 exhibit booths. Next year’s AWWA conference in Dallas is June 10-14, 2012
Among the highlights at ACE are its many contests. Winners of this year’s contests are featured below:
Teams of four rapidly tap into a pressurized ductile iron pipe for installation of a water service line.
First Place: Spotsylvania County Utilities (Fredricksburg, Va.), 1 minute, 09.16 seconds
Second Place: SADM Monterrey (Water and Sewerage Services of Monterrey, Mexico) 1 minute, 10.93 seconds.
Third Place: Birmingham Water Works (Birmingham, Ala.), 1 minute, 19.35 seconds.
First Place: Honolulu Board of Water Supply Wahines (Honolulu, Hawaii), 2 minutes, 35.81 seconds.
Second Place: Cleveland’s Ladies of the Lakes (Cleveland Division of Water), 2 minutes, 41.75 seconds.
Third Place: Alamo Tappers (San Antonio Water System), 2 minutes, 52.17 seconds.
See video from previous years’ pipe-tapping competitions here: http://www.awwa.org/ACE11/ACE11Competitions.cfm?ItemNumber=53126&navItemNumber=55903
Contestants race to assemble a water meter from a bucket of parts.
First Place: Seth Casarotti, Spotsylvania County (Virginia) Utilities, 45.94 seconds
Second: Jason Escobedo, San Antonio (Texas) Water System, 52.65 seconds
Third Place: Michael Dunavant, Spotsylvania County (Virginia) Utilities
Fourth Place: Brian Rodriguez, Florida Keys Aqueduct Authority (Key West)
Competitors test everyday know-how of water treatment operators in a "college bowl" format.
First Place: Palm Coast Water Buoys, Palm Coast, Florida.
Best of the Best Taste Test
Utilities compete for best-tasting water after winning North American Section contests.
First Place: Greenville (South Carolina) Water System
Second Place (tie): Denver Water, Glencoe (Illinois) Water Utility
AWWA is the authoritative resource for knowledge, information, and advocacy to improve the quality and supply of water in North America and beyond. AWWA is the largest organization of water professionals in the world. AWWA advances public health, safety and welfare by uniting the efforts of the full spectrum of the entire water community. Through our collective strength we become better stewards of water for the greatest good of the people and the environment.
|Company: American Water Works Association (AWWA)|
|Country: UNITED STATES|