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, August 27, 2020

“IoT in the Cloud” Webinar

September 30, 2020 - Online

Event date: 9/30/2020 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Export event

Webinar Wednesday!

“IoT in the Cloud”

Please note: In order to obtain your CEU card you must register, even for free events.

In the ever changing world of technology it is challenging to stay abreast of the changes that are taking place. Some of the “buzz words” we have been hearing lately are “5G”, “Artificial Intelligence” (AI) and “Internet of Things” (IoT).

The 1 hour Webinar Wednesday!, IoT in the Cloud, is aimed at the rural water/wastewater system operators. A challenge for small rural systems is having the monitoring and alarming systems that are found in larger commerce areas. This is mainly due to high cost and lack of communications infrastructure.

The new 5G cellular and satellite
communications along with the internet of things movement are paving the way to allow rural communities access to these tools. Topics include:
● Definition of 5G, applications and implications
● Definition of IoT, applications and implications
● Definition of AI, applications and implications
● How these three technologies combined will be applied to provide small rural operations real time
monitoring and alarming with state of the art communications for a lower cost than ever before!

Instructor: Rick Patton, Advanced Control Systems

CEUs Earned: 0.1 DW/WW CEUs

Cost: Free to IRWA Members - Non Members $40

Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM (MDT)

Location:  Online using Zoom platform. Registration is required for all participants. You will get the link to join the webinar in your confirmation email. 


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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