Awards of Excellence

Recognizing the outstanding contributions of rural water & wastewater professionals is one of the highlights of Idaho Rural Water Association’s Spring Conferences. This is an opportunity to place recognition for outstanding performance and professionalism where it is deserved!

Awards are presented during our Annual Spring Conference in March.   

The deadline for the 2022 Awards of Excellence is Friday, February 4th, 2022.

If you know someone (or a system) who is doing a great job, recognize them by completing the Awards of Excellence Nomination Form!

Award Category Descriptions

Water / Wastewater Operations Specialist of the Year: This award recognizes both an Idaho licensed drinking water and Idaho licensed wastewater operations specialist who are actively working in the field with outstanding leadership abilities and accomplishments in the drinking water/wastewater operations. 

Rookie of the Year: This award recognizes someone who has acquired their operator's license in the State of Idaho (drinking water or wastewater) within the last twelve months that does an outstanding job.

Administrator of the Year: This award recognizes an administrative employee (City Clerk, Recorder, Treasurer, Administrator, Manager, etc.) for outstanding performance in office management, customer service and any other procedures that have benefited the operation of the utility.

Doug Mac Nichol Humanitarian of the Year: This award recognizes someone concerned with the interest and welfare of the public and is one who possesses traits of compassion for other humans by their acts of kindness. They go above and beyond for their community.

Water / Wastewater System of the Year: This award recognizes a water and wastewater utility system that has demonstrated exceptional efforts to properly manage, operate and maintain their systems.

Source Water Protection System of the Year: This award recognizes a water utility system in Idaho that has demonstrated exceptional efforts to protect their drinking water for its customers and neighbors through the development or implementation of a source water protection plan.

Kelly Dahlquist Community Impact Award: This award recognizes an individual who uses herculean efforts to build up Idaho communities through drinking water and wastewater infrastructure projects, strategic planning for city revitalization or has developed creative solutions to longstanding community challenges. This individual will embody a spirit of generosity and passion for Idaho’s communities.





Publish Date: Thursday, July 18, 2019

Emergency Line Locating & Flushing

November 21st, 2019 - Shelley

Event date: 11/21/2019 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM Export event

This one day class will help you prepare for the day your water system may have a Water Quality Emergency. This class identifies the importance of Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) during emergency response. You will learn the proper steps to take to minimize damage to your utility and what information your decision-makers will need from you. Perhaps most importantly, you will learn who to contact for help. We will also look into the best options and SOPs to help you recover from a Water Quality Emergency. You will learn how to engage in preventive maintenance and what testing that should be completed. We will also discuss the best method of minimizing the effects of corrosion. We will finish up the day’s training with some information on line locating. Locates are done in every system.  Learn the science behind the locator and how to use that science to your benefit.  You will learn some tricks of the trade that may assist you on those difficult locates. 

Please bring your locating equipment, and if we have time we will engage in hands-on locating outside.

Outside hands-on time may be limited due to the location of the training and weather.

Instructor: John Schwartz, USA BlueBook

Contact Hours: 0.6 DW CEUs

Cost: $120 members / $195 non-members

Time: 8:30am - 4:00pm (local time)

Location:  View Map

Shelley Fire Station
585 W Fir Street Shelley, ID 83274


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