2023 Fall Conference Recap
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2022 Operator Expos Recap

2022 Operator Expos Recap

Southern - Huntingburg, IN / Northern - Akron, IN

Our Southern Expo was held on May 19, in Huntingburg, Indiana and our Northern Expo held on May 26, in Akron, Indiana. Both Expos were both big successes!  We had over 250 people in attendance at each!

Alliance Secures 4.1 Million Dollars for Communities to Train the Next Generation

The Alliance of Indiana Rural Water, a local non-profit organization supporting Indiana’s rural water industry, has secured a total of 4.1 million dollars in reimbursement grants from the Indiana Finance Authority (IFA) for rural communities across the state to utilize in order to gain more licensed water and wastewater operators.

2022 Spring Conference Recap

2022 Spring Conference Recap

French Lick Resort - French Lick, Indiana

A huge THANK YOU to everyone who participated in the Spring Conference at the beautiful French Lick Resort in March!

2022 Award Recipients

2022 Award Recipients

The best of the best in the water and wastewater industry were honored at our 2022 Spring Conference.  Each recipient was presented with their award prior to the conference, then recognized throughout the event on a slideshow displaying on the event center's tv monitors throughout the venue! 

2021 Best Tasting Water in Indiana Named!

Auburn Water Department’s Water Named Best Tasting Water in Indiana during State Finals Competition!

Officials at the Alliance of Indiana Rural Water have found the best-tasting water in Indiana.  On October 20th, 2021, Auburn Water Department was announced as the winner of a state-wide competition to identify the tastiest rural water in the state...

2021 Award Recipients

2021 Award Recipients

The best of the best in the water and wastewater industry were honored at our 2021 Spring Conference.  Each recipient was presented with their award prior to the conference, then recognized throughout the event on a slideshow displaying on the event center's tv monitors throughout the venue! 

Conference Attendee Wins Trip to 2022 NRWA WaterPro Conference!

Conference Attendee Wins Trip to 2022 NRWA WaterPro Conference!

The Alliance of Indiana Rural Water teamed up with sponsors Covalen and Midwestern Engineers, Inc. to give away an all inclusive trip for two to the 2022 National Rural Water Association’s WaterPro Conference in National Harbor, Maryland.

2021 Water Taste Test Contest

We will be holding four "regional" taste tests in 2021. Winners from each region will advance to compete in the “Best Tasting Water in Indiana” at our annual Fall Conference, October 20th, 2021 in Fort Wayne, IN.

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2023 Fall Conference Recap

2023 Fall Conference Recap

Grand Wayne Convention Center - Fort Wayne, Indiana

Tuesday, October 17, 2023

On Tuesday afternoon, October 17th, attendees had the opportunity to attend the IFA Regional Meeting as well as a panel discussion with AIRW Staff. Later that evening, Carson Law welcomed everyone with appetizers and drinks at their gathering space just down the street from the Convention Center. It was the perfect kickoff to the conference, with an opportunity to meet some new people and network, grab a bite, and enjoy a delicious cocktail.

 

Attendees gathered the next morning to a light breakfast and a welcome from our Programs Manager, Lorean Johnston, and special guest, Hank Naughton. After Opening Session, attendees headed off to their preferred track of classes - Administrative, Water or Wastewater. Both Wednesday and Thursday, with the help of Fort Wayne Utilities, we were able to bring back the very popular Water and Wastewater Plant Tours! The tours filled quickly! Wednesday afternoon’s luncheon in the Exhibit Hall featured the Best Tasting Water in Indiana Competition. Fort Wayne Utilities was once again crowned the tastiest in the state and will move on to compete in the Great American Water Taste Test in Washington, DC next year at the National Rural Water Association's Rural Water Rally. During the luncheon, we shared some laughs with our special guest, comic & writer, Jody Fuller. Lastly, we recognized our recent Apprenticeship Graduates and highlighted this amazing program! After classroom sessions concluded for the day, the Exhibitor’s Reception kicked off with snacks, drinks, and our very own gameshow, “Are You Smarter Than an Operator?” hosted by the unrecognizable, Rex Blanton aka Rex Trebek! To unwind from the day, we closed out the evening with a Hospitality Event in the Hilton Atrium, mingling & laughing with colleagues & friends, old & new!

 

Thursday morning, everyone woke up to a delicious hot breakfast buffet before starting another day of classes. But first, our Annual Membership Meeting included the election of three board members: Catlyn Helmuth, Adam Sams, and Alex Mikel. All were elected for 3-year terms beginning in 2024. Anthony Roberts from the City of Rensselaer won the Amazon Fire HD during the meeting! 

 

The Sportsman's Raffle, which raises money for the WaterPac Fund and represents rural water and wastewater in Washington D.C., was a popular stop for our attendees and exhibitors! This year's Grand Prize Winner was Micah Sarabyn with the Ben Davis Conservancy District. She walked away with the Big Green Egg Package, worth over $1,500! Nate Seigler from Evertte J. Prescott claimed the shotgun during our Shotgun Raffle! Three people also walked away with cash prizes from their engagement in conference app challenge: 1st – Andrew Boden with the City of Bloomington Utilities, 2nd – Becki Gaines of Portage Utilities, 3rd – Rick Bowen with the City of Elkhart.

 

Thank you to all of our attendees, speakers, vendors, sponsors, Board Members and staff for helping make this another fantastic event!

 

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