Jerry Stevens Begins Term as President of AWWA

West Des Moines Water Works general manager accepts gavel at conclusion of ACE11

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 Assn. (AWWA) at the conclusion of the 2011 Annual Conference and Exposition (ACE11) 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 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 will be held June 10 to 14, 2012.

Among the highlights at ACE are its many contests. Winners of this year’s contests are featured below:

Pipe Tapping: 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, 9.16 seconds;
• Second Place: SADM Monterrey (Water and Sewerage Services of Monterrey, Mexico) 1:10.93; and
• Third Place: Birmingham Water Works (Birmingham, Ala.), 1:19.35.

• First Place: Honolulu Board of Water Supply Wahines (Honolulu), 2:35.81;
• Second Place: Cleveland’s Ladies of the Lakes (Cleveland Division of Water), 2:41.75; and
• Third Place: Alamo Tappers (San Antonio Water System), 2:52.17.

Meter Madness: Contestants race to assemble a water meter from a bucket of parts.

• First Place: Seth Casarotti, Spotsylvania County (Va.) Utilities, 45.94 seconds;
• Second Place: Jason Escobedo, San Antonio Water System, 52.65;
• Third Place: Michael Dunavant, Spotsylvania County (Va.) Utilities; and
• Fourth Place: Brian Rodriguez, Florida Keys Aqueduct Authority (Key West).

Top Ops: Competitors test everyday know-how of water treatment operators in a "college bowl" format.

• First Place: Palm Coast Water Buoys, Palm Coast, Fla.

Best of the Best Taste Test: Utilities compete for the best-tasting water after winning North American section contests.

• First Place: Greenville (S.C.) Water System; and
• Second Place (tie): Denver Water and Glencoe (Ill.) Water Utility.

American Water Works Assn.

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