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

Water Certification Review I & II

December 4-5, 2019 - Pocatello

Event date: 12/4/2019 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM Export event

This training will be at the the Police Station EOC Training Room in Pocatello. Parking can be found in front of the Idaho Transportation Department building. The training room is in the basement level of the Idaho State Police Building.

1.2 Water CEUs | Valid for Distribution, Treatment

This training will be held at Correctional Institute Suite #110.

Idaho Rural Water Association is committed to improving the test passing rates for Idaho’s Operations Specialists.  We are proud to announce our partnership with John Schwartz from USA BlueBook to bring you drinking water certification training. John is one of our more well-known trainers, very experienced in the industry, and produces high pass rates for water certification training.

This class is designed for Operations Specialists that are preparing for a Distribution and/or Treatment I & II examination. The full class is two days and is approved for 1.2 water CEUs.

This training is also approved for the Very Small Water System 6 hours distribution and 6 hours treatment/chlorination requirements. Included in your registration fee is a full certification review manual that is yours to keep and study from. The manual includes all reference material as well as multiple practice exams and answers.

All Classes are held from 8:30 AM—4:00 PM (lunch on your own).

Please bring a calculator, pencil, and paper.


Contact Hours: 1.2 DW CEUs

Cost: $285 members / $385 non-members

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

Location:  View Map
5205 South 5th Avenue, Pocatello


Register Now!

Register utilizing the appropriate link below. If you are unsure if your utility is a member, please click on the link to view current IRWA members then proceed with your registration accordingly.

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