This program is built around small water utilities, local businesses, agriculture, government, and other groups working together to develop and implement strategies to protect their drinking water sources. It is a voluntary, grassroots planning effort that builds local responsibility and creates more sustainable communities.
A variety of energy assessment tools and techniques are used to evaluate potential cost savings to systems resulting from energy efficiency improvements. The average projected savings for systems is $8,968 annually. The assessments are conducted by staff with training in energy auditing and experience in delivering training and technical assistance to utilities.
The training program has a focus on training options for water operators. IRWA holds several classroom style training sessions each year for credit hours earned towards upkeep of Water A - D licenses.
From classroom instruction and on-the-job training, apprentices are provided the tools necessary to be a successful operation specialist in your community. During the apprenticeship program, apprentices will earn-while-they-learn with knowledgeable, passionate people who strive to deliver clean drinking water to their community and treat wastewater before returning it to the environment. This program starts as a job and emerges as a solid and secure career as either a water operations specialist or wastewater operations specialist.
This program focuses on rate studies to member systems under 10,000. However other direction from IEPA are taken when help is needed.
See the staff page for information on who to contact for assistance.
Illinois Rural Water Association
3305 Kennedy Road; PO Box 49
Taylorville, IL 62568