By Ronald Y. Pérez, WC&P Managing Editor
President Mike Chaudoir, of the Missouri Water Quality Association (MOWQA), is heading up what promises to be a very productive and informative summer meeting in Branson, Mo., on June 4-5. On Friday the 4th, time will be set aside (8-11 a.m.) for national Water Quality Association exams. In the afternoon, four educational seminars are scheduled:
- John Ressler, of Pro-Bot Co., discusses how to “Unleash Your Business with a Computer”
- Andy Ziegler, of Waterline Technology, talks about how to “Target Advertising to Increase Customers”
- Gary Battenberg, of Hague Quality Water Intl., will tell attendees “How to Run a Profitable Service Department”
- Robin Householder, of Oasis Corp., expounds on “Disinfection and Sales of Coolers”
Between seminars—the last to end at 4:30 p.m.—and the evening meal, a “member mixer” will include at least 10 members’ booths. On Saturday, attendees will discuss old business and listen to an update on the septic tank issue from the Task Force Committee. In addition, the association’s website will be reviewed for possible changes. The MOWQA’s Kelly Imhoff was authorized to change the current site over to a Front Page design program for easier editing. Before making any alterations to the site, Chaudoir wants feedback from members on changes or additions to the site, as well as to see if there’s anyone in the membership experienced in web design with time available to work on the site. New business at the meeting will consist of electing new board members for 2005-2006 (two-year terms). Board members whose terms expire on Dec. 31 are David Steidemann and Orville Schaefer, a WC&P Technical Review Committee member.
The Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR) has revised continuing education requirements for water well drillers and pump installers. The revisions went into effect Dec. 1. According to a newsletter from the Texas Ground Water Association, “one provision provides that in order to renew their licenses, water well drillers and pump installers must complete four hours of continuing education per year, with one hour dedicated to water well drillers/pump installer statutes and rules. Only courses approved by the TDLR can be used to satisfy this requirement.”
At a time when everything seems to cost more, the Colorado Water Quality Association (CWQA) has passed a “free lunch” onto its members by waiving (yes, I did say waiving) this year’s member’s dues. According to The Flowmeter, CWQA’s newsletter, the exemption is due to the association’s website and its new features that include a listing of paid membership among dealer/retailer or manufacturer/wholesaler categories per calendar year. Because of this, 2004 will be an adjustment period to that rotation. Meanwhile, billing for 2005 fees will be sent to members in November—due at the end of 2004.
The Minnesota Well Water Association (MWWA) and the American Ground Water Trust have teamed up to prepare a consumer informational pamphlet designed to help Minnesotans make good decisions about water wells. “When Citizens in Minnesota Need a Water Well” instructs customers about the process of well drilling from beginning stages to the finished product. It also provides helpful information about common problems that may arise while well drilling. A brief professional contractor checklist is provided as well. Pamphlets can be ordered from the MWWA at (651) 290-6270.