83rd Annual Fall Conference -- September 10-12, 2014
Questions? Contact IPWSOA at 217-652-1869 or statestreet30@juno.com

About Us

The Illinois Potable Water Supply Operators Association (IPWSOA) was formed in the fall of 1931 by the Illinois Board of Health. Operators met regulatory officials to listen to presentations regarding health and safety issues for drinking water, new laws and rules, potable water production, distribution, monitoring, and the competent operation of drinking water facilities. The purpose of the gathering was to keep drinking water operators current with regulations and state-of-the-art changes to water operation. The day ended with a picnic, where attendees celebrated the success of the day, and discussed the need for a regular meeting to ensure that drinking water operators continued to receive the most up-to-date information regarding operations and regulations in their industry. The Illinois Potable Water Supply Operators Association became a reality.

Over the years, changes to operation, rapidly increasing regulations, and the marketing of products and services to the water industry caused the Association to expand the Annual Fall Conference. The Conference now spans two and one-half full days of education; an Exhibit Hall that brings manufacturers, service experts and vendors to a drinking water marketplace; and evening social activities that include an opportunity to recognize the best operators in the categories of surface water, groundwater, and distribution system operation, each year. The heart of the Conference — the exchange of information and experiences, from operator to operator, from across the many regions of the State – remains the same. No matter where operators congregate, the challenges, problems, and successful solutions to safe and efficient water treatment remain the most common topic of discussion, regardless of the time of day or night.

Come and share your experiences, ask your questions, and relate your experiences as an Illinois drinking water operator, regulator, or industry professional. We welcome you

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President’s Letter

2013 Ray WellerWelcome to the web site for the Illinois Potable Water Supply Operators Association. This association was formed in 1931 and was a way for operators to meet with regulatory officials to discuss new regulations, operations and safety issues. The association, now in its 83rd year, has expanded, offering operators a chance to meet vendors, view products, and even participate in hands-on demonstrations during its annual conference event.

The upcoming 83rd Annual Fall Conference at the Crowne Plaza in Springfield this September 10th – 12th, 2014 should be full of activities, vendors, products & services as well as offering certified operators continuing education training for their certificate renewal, and fellowship time with other operators. I myself have been attending the conference for over 30 years and I still find new things to see and do.

A few years ago I was asked if I’d like to serve the association as an officer. I started as 3rd vice president and have progressed to the office of president that I hold now. Even after attending the conference for so many years I was still amazed at what it takes to be able to put on this event every year. The commitment and dedication by all is overwhelming and enjoyable. It sure has given me a whole new perspective of the volunteers that put on this event. Ask an officer how you can join in too.

Credit does need to be given where it is due, and that credit goes to you, the association members. Without membership there would be no conference, no officers, no Operator of the Year awards, or association itself. You are the driving force behind all of this. I want to take this opportunity to ask you to invite a co-worker or another PWS operator to attend this year’s conference. We need now more than ever to keep the membership alive.

In closing I’d like to thank the fellow officers and committee people for all of their hard work & dedication to make this association a success.

2013 Changing of Gavel

Best Regards,
Ray Weller
Water Superintendent
City of Litchfield
IPWSOA President

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Officer & Committee Chair List

2013 – 2014 IPWSOA Officer & Committee Chair List

IPWSOA Information or Questions:
PO Box 1146
Jacksonville, IL 62650
Phone: 217-652-1869 e-Mail: statestreet30@juno.com


Ray Weller
4303 Illinois Rte. 16
Litchfield IL 62056
1st Vice President
Dale Biggerstaff
1012 South Hancock Street
McLeansboro, IL 62859
2nd Vice President
Ken Drennen
2209 5th Street
Peru, IL 61354
815 830-4555 watercop1@yahoo.com
3rd Vice President
Larry P. Cook
1309 Mill Street
Rock Island, IL 61201
Immediate Past-President
Kevin Johnessee
8425 Timber Ridge
Edwardsville, IL 62025
Past President 2013
A. Tony Loete
City of Moline
3018th Street
Moline, IL 61265
309-524-2306 (Work)
Past President 2012
Brian Curley
Village of Winnetka
510 Greenbay Road
Winnetka, IL 60093-2552
847-716-3644 (Work)
Michael Buss
1812 Washington
Highland, IL 62249
618/654-9321 (Work)
Patti Schaake
209 Burns Farm Boulevard North (Home)
Edwardsville, IL 62025
618-972-3708 (Cell)
618-692-0202 (Home) pattischaake@aol.com
Executive Director
Lou Allyn Byus
1330 West State Street
Jacksonville, IL 62650
PO Box 1146
Jacksonville, IL 62651-1146
217-652-1869 statestreet30@juno.com


Operator of the Year Chairman
Ted Meckes
City Water Light & Power
General Office MCE 4th Floor
800 East Monroe Street
Springfield, IL 62701
(217) 789-2116 ext. 2624
Fax: 217-789-2136
Operator of the Year Chairwoman
Kim Lucas
City Water Light & Power
3100 Stevenson Drive
Springfield, IL 62703
(217) 757-8630 ext. 1703
Fax: 217-757-8625
Exhibit Chairman
Andrew J. Kieser
Sodemann & Associates, Inc.
a division of Fehr-Gram
PO Box 557
Champaign, IL 61824-0557
Spouse Chairwoman
Connie Werner
1417 Washington Street
Highland, IL 62249-2529
Golf Chairman
Bill Brown
Crawford, Murphy & Tilly
2750 West Washington Street
Springfield, IL 62702
217-572-1117 (Work)
217-787-4183 (FAX)
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