Water Equation (WE) Committee
FSAWWA Water Equation Committee Chair:
Gainesville Regional Utilities
Year group was formed: November 2018
AWWA Water Equation was founded in
2015 to “fund the future of water” by supporting and funding workforce
advancement, scholarships, young professionals, and THE Community
Engineering Corps. Specifically, WE helps fund the following programs:
One AWWA Operator Scholarship
- WE addresses the issue of a retiring workforce through its One AWWA
operator scholarship. Matching funds to AWWA sections provide books,
tuition, education, and certification training to operators at water and
wastewater treatment facilities.
- The AWWA Academic Scholarship Program is a partnership with
corporations to provide educational funding for students who want to
join the water industry. WE raises funds for the Abel Wolman Fellowship
and Larson Scholarship, while the bulk of the scholarships are funded by
Youth, Student, and Young Professional Programs
– WE provides funding for youth, student, and young professional
programs. WE funds the annual AWWA Young Professionals (YP) Leader
Training Day, which is held one day ahead of the YP Summit to provide
networking and professional development for the next generation.
Additionally, one of WE’s newest programs is Women for Water Circle of
Giving that provides funding for youth programming in the water industry
for students in grades K-12.
Community Engineering Corps - Community
Engineering Corps is an alliance among AWWA, American Society of Civil
Engineers, and Engineers Without Borders-USA to bring underserved
communities and volunteer engineers together to advance local
infrastructure solutions in the United States. WE raises funding to
support AWWA volunteer project teams that assist communities with
addressing water and wastewater system issues.
Scope of Work:
Being fairly young, an important goal of the FSAWWA Water Equation Committee is to spread awareness about AWWA’s newest philanthropy, Water Equation (WE). Other objectives of the committee include organizing Florida Section WE fundraisers, supporting regions with their local WE activities, and bringing programs that WE supports to the Florida Section and our members.
- The FSAWWA WE Committee had a strong first year. Long- and near-term goals were established in early spring and the committee organized several noteworthy events at the FSAWWA Fall Conference:
- The Florida Section had its first WE fundraiser, “Battle of the Florida School Flags,, at the membership booth. This friendly competition helped spread awareness about WE’s mission, while raising money for its programs.
- A Community Engineering Corps (CECorps) “What’s in My Backyard” workshop was facilitated by Steve Barr, AWWA community engineering programs manager. Participants learned about the CECorps project process and best practices, and were given tools on how to develop and implement a CECorps project in Florida.
- The Florida Section had the pleasure of welcoming Michelle Hektor, AWWA Water Equation senior manager, to the conference. During her visit, Michelle shared information about WE and made connections in the Orlando area in preparation for next year’s AWWA’sAnnual Conference, ACE20.AWWA Water Equation will host its second annual WE Golf Tournament at ACE on Sunday, June 14, 2020.
- In addition to the Florida Section efforts, regions around the state organized WE fundraising events throughout 2019, including a Texas Hold’em Round Up, a golf tournament, and a charity night with the Tampa Bay Lightning to name a few.
How to Donate and Join the Cause:
AWWA’s Water Equation is funding the future of water. One hundred percent of your donations benefit WE programming to advance the water industry. There are different ways to allocate your donation including:
- The Greatest Need Fund - A donation to the Greatest Need fund will allow your gift to be designated to the Water Equation program that lacks funding to meet its goals.
- Designate Your Donation – You may designate your gift to an AWWA Water Equation program (i.e., One AWWA Operator Scholarship, Wolman and Larson Scholarships, Student and YP leader training, or Community Engineering Corps).
To learn more about the programs WE funds or to make a donation please visit www.fsawwa.org or contact the Florida Section at (407) 979-4804. Thank you for your contribution!
Ana Maria Gonzalez
FSAWWA Marketing Committee Chair
Hazen and Sawyer
Wager Company of Florida, Inc.
FSAWWA Region X Chair
Peace River Manasota Regional Water Supply Authority
FSAWWA MEDC Chair
Lake Cane Restoration Society
FSAWWA Region III Treasurer
Kimley-Horn & Associates
AWWA DMIC Chair
Orange County Utilities
FSAWWA Executive Director
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