November Edition

“Gratitude can transform common days into Thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.” -William Arthur Ward


VA AWWA would like to take this moment to say THANK YOU to all the Heroes that work in water and turn routine jobs into joy and blessings for their customers every day. You are critical to the health and well-being of so many, and you deserve much gratitude and respect.  Thank you for your service and dedication!

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Upcoming Events
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Eastern VA YP Thankful November Food Drive
Eastern Virginia
Nov 01, 2022 - Nov 30, 2022
Round Table Discussion- AWIA Requirements for Small Utilities
Virtual Zoom
Nov 17, 2022
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Central VA YP Happy Hour at Bingo Beer Co.
Bingo Beer Co.
Nov 17, 2022
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
VA AWWA Networking Event - Shipgarten
Nov 17, 2022
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
VA AWWA Networking Event - Maker's Craft Brewery
Maker's Craft Brewery
Nov 30, 2022
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Southwest VA Ugly Sweater Holiday Social
Big Lick Brewing
Dec 07, 2022
4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Central VA YP Holiday Party
The Answer Brewpub
Dec 07, 2022 6:00 PM
Eastern VA YP Holiday Party
Three Notch'd Brewing Company
Dec 14, 2022
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
YP Summit Scholarship Application Deadline
Jan 13, 2023
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News and Announcements
How Do You Celebrate? 
Call for Volunteers – Thoughtful Tuesday Holiday Celebration
The VA AWWA Section DEI Committee would like to invite you to participate in our December Thoughtful Tuesday event! As we approach the holiday season, we would like to hear about different holidays and festivities celebrated by our member community, and we want to feature YOU in our Thoughtful Tuesday event! We know that not all holidays are celebrated this season, and we want to hear about those as well!
If you celebrate among your loved ones any of the following holidays or festivities (or another one we may have missed in this list) and want to share with our VA AWWA Section the history, the meaning, cultural aspects, and how you prepare for your festivities, please reach out to Giovana Batista ( or Becky Mitchell ( with the Thoughtful Tuesday workstream! We will be putting together a session on December 13th at 1pm EST to showcase the diversity of holiday celebrations within our member community as we close out the first year of our DEI Committee.
  • Chinese New Year
  • Christmas
  • Day of the Dead
  • Diwali
  • Easter
  • Hanukkah
  • Kwanzaa
  • Nowruz
  • Omisoka
  • Pesach
  • Ramadan
  • Rosh Hashanah
  • Yom Kippur
Please email Giovana or Becky Mitchell by December 2nd. The workstream will be in touch to organize a planning meeting ahead of the event with all volunteers. We look forward to having you join us!

Save the date - Thoughtful Tuesday Holiday Celebration
Make sure to mark your calendars and save some time on Tuesday, December 13th from 1-2 pm to come and hear from our volunteers regarding various holiday traditions and celebrations!  More details and a link to join the conversation to come! 
Speaking of Celebrating - Come Have Fun with Us
Come out to one of our regional networking celebrations!  There are several to pick from over the next few weeks.  
Maker's Craft Brewery
Norfolk, VA
November 30th | 5 - 7 PM
Western VA Holiday Social
Roanoke, VA
December 7th | 4 PM
Central VA Holiday Party
Richmond, VA
December 7th | 6 PM
Eastern VA Holiday Party
Virginia Beach, VA
Dec 14th | 6-8 PM
Check out our Training and Events page for more details and to RSVP.
Thank you for your membership!
We appreciate your continued support of AWWA and the Virginia Section.
In honor of Membership Appreciation Month, enjoy 20% off products in the AWWA online store through December 31.  Use promo code THANKYOU at checkout*
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WaterJAM - Call for Abstracts Now Open!


The Call for Abstracts will be open from November 14, 2022 - January 6, 2023


You are cordially invited to submit to present your work at WaterJAM 2023. The Call for Abstracts is now open. Visit to view guidelines, abstract categories and to submit.


To view a PDF version of the Abstract Submittal Guidelines,

click here.


Need pointers on submitting a great abstract? Check out the abstract tips and tricks page on our website.

Abstract Reviewers Needed: Besides wanting quality abstracts for WaterJAM, we also need subject matter experts to serve as peer reviewers.  If you can review abstract submissions in any of our categories and are willing to volunteer your time and expertise, please complete this short online form.  The process will begin in mid-January and last for 2-3 weeks.  More instructions will come after the new year, but sign up now!  
YP Summit Applications being Accepted

 The VWEA/VA AWWA Young Professionals committee invites you to apply to attend the Annual AWWA/WEF Young Professional Summit. This year's event is scheduled for March 27-28, 2023, in Sacramento, CA. The Summit will focus on the future of our water. The sessions will explore current industry trends and how young professionals can take ownership in the direction we want the water sector to move, reflecting on what we want to accomplish, the innovation that will lead us there, and what levers exist to create change. 


Applications will be accepted through January 13, 2023.  Two individuals will be selected to receive a scholarship to support travel and attendance at the summit.  


Consideration is given to:

  • Leadership Participation in VA AWWA and/or VWEA
  • Committee Engagement in VA AWWA and/or VWEA
  • Future goals in the industry and the associations
Annual Good Lab Practices - Call for Abstracts

Save the date for the Annual VWEA/VA AWWA Good Lab Practices Conference.  Day one of the event includes workshops and an evening networking reception in the exhibit hall. Day two includes a morning general session and afternoon breakout sessions.



The Laboratory Practice Committee invites the submission of abstracts for papers and workshops for the 29th Annual Good Laboratory Practice (GLP) Conference, to be held in Richmond, Virginia, on July 31st and August 1st, 2023, at the Hilton Hotel. This conference is designed to provide the latest information on major issues such as analytical method updates and development, laboratory accreditation, regulatory updates, particularly those impacting laboratory staff and utilities, and emerging technologies and analytical instrumentation. This is a great opportunity to present new information related to water and wastewater issues. Workshops will be held on July 31, and the technical presentations will be given on August 1st.


The deadline for Presentations and Workshops is February 16, 2023. To submit your technical presentations and workshop proposals or further information, contact: Alicia Connelly, Lab Manager, Newport News Shipbuilding

Mentor/Mentee - Need One?  Want to be One?
Are you interested in building relationships with other Virginia AWWA members?  Think you will benefit from having a mentor? Do you have knowledge that others can use as they navigate their career?
The DEI Committee is launching a Mentor / Mentee Allyship Program.  This is an excellent opportunity to build your professional network through:
  • Networking with the industry's top professionals,
  • Cultivating interpersonal, communication, and leadership skills,
  • Providing a confidential sounding board or ideas and challenges,
  • Goal-setting opportunities,
  • Giving back to others.   
If you are interested, please use the following link:  If you have any questions or want further information, please contact Patra Brodie at
Career Center
Are you looking for a new job opportunity? Are you an employer looking for great candidates?  Either way, check out our newly updated Career Center for opportunities in Virginia. 
Here is a list of the most recent job posted:
  • Manager - Procurement
  • Utilties Engineer
  • Field Tech I
  • Water-Wastewater Operator II
  • Utilities Engineer I, II, and III
  • Utility Crew Supervisor - Distribution
The webpage contains a summary of current job postings... but check back frequently for new positions posted daily/weekly. 

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Mark your calendars for WaterJAM 2023 - The Power of Water

September 11 - 14, 2023  | Virginia Beach, VA

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