Board Meeting Minutes
J.R. Popalisky Scholarship
MO Annual Conference
Water for People
I. INTRODUCTORY STATEMENT
A. This Strategic Plan contains five major sections: Statement of Purpose;
Mission Statement; Strategic Objectives; Goals and Action Plan; and Other Action
B. Action items are specifically limited to 1) new programs, 2) programs which
contain significant changes in emphasis and 3) programs which are of such
importance to the Section that major emphasis is desired.
II. STATEMENT OF PURPOSE
A. AWWA recognizes the need for its officers, Section Board of Directors, staff
and membership to have well-established goals to provide continuity and guidance
for the thousands of volunteers who make up the working committees of the
B. The goals and actions in this plan have been developed for the purpose of
guiding Section activities over the next five years to address the challenges to
be faced by the water supply industry.
C. The Section Strategic Plan plays a key role in implementing AWWA's national
III. MISSION STATEMENT
The Missouri Section - AWWA is dedicated to the promotion of public health and
welfare by assuring drinking water of unquestionable quality and sufficient
quantity. AWWA, as a leader for the public drinking water profession, must be an
efficient instrument of change by advancing the technology, science and
governmental policies relative to the public drinking water profession's role in
stewardship of water resources.
IV. STRATEGIC OBJECTIVES
The following five areas have been identified as major priorities for specific
action and continuing efforts by the Missouri Section.
1. Consumer Confidence - Foster communication and understanding between
consumers and suppliers.
2. Water Quality - Promote the concept of supplying consumers the highest
quality water practicable. Assist water utilities in achieving this objective
while offering ways to fully manage water resources.
3. Small Water Systems - Develop and implement an effective program to assist
small water systems in providing safe drinking water. Emphasize viability and
compliance with regulations.
4. Governmental Affairs - Implement an aggressive approach to insure effective
input to federal and state legislative and regulatory action impacting the water
5. Primacy - Continue to help DNR obtain additional funding to retain primacy
and to implement SDWA on state level.
V. ACTION PLAN
A. Water Quality - Promote the concept of supplying customers the highest
quality water practicable. Assist water utilities in achieving this objective.
Encourage treatment excellence based on self-assessment and initiatives like the
Partnership For Safe Water.
- Implement a voluntary peer review system, based on the National QualServe
program. Utilize websites to have a question/answer forum.
- Develop and Implement efforts to encourage qualified laboratories to acquire
and maintain certification and assist other utilities.
- Develop programs to provide state utilities with information on new
regulations and their impacts. Utilize Keeping Current newsletter.
B. Small Water Systems - Develop and implement an effective program to assist
small water systems in providing safe drinking water.
- Promote state programs which encourage alternate management schemes for those
small water systems which are not capable of operating in a manner that
effectively serves the public. This can include a joint management and
operations as well as a physical connection.
- Set up means to use Outreach Programs which section can use to provide
assistance to small systems.
- Set up website to assist small systems.
- Work closely with Missouri Rural Water Association (MRWA), Missouri Water and
Wastewater Conference (MWWC) and Association of State Drinking Water
Administrators (ASDWA) to coordinate activities and to develop joint projects to
assist small systems.
- Develop, in conjunction with AWWARF, publications highlighting the practical
operational aspects of published research reports.
C. Government Affairs - Implement an aggressive program to insure effective
input to federal and state legislative and regulatory action impacting the water
- Maintain an aggressive program based on the recommendations of the Section
Water Utility Council.
a. Develop close liaison with Safe Drinking Water Commission and become a
resource for water industry views on regulatory matters.
b. Maintain liaison activities, through the Water Industry Coordinating
Committee, with public and private policy groups, to gain support and
understanding of significant State issues.
c. Conduct periodic opinion surveys of key members of State legislature and
utilities to update and establish issues and strategies. Utilize Keeping Current
newsletter to keep these groups informed of changing industry needs.
d. Increase substantially the use of officer and Board member visits to
Jefferson City as opportunities for briefing Legislative members and staff.
e. Actively involve the Board of Directors and the section in
legislative/regulatory activities to stimulate a well-coordinated, active
D. Public Information - Provide information to achieve a broad-based
understanding of drinking water issues and the true cost of safe drinking water.
In Missouri, develop increased confidence in the quality of water delivered to
the consuming public.
- Conduct active programs to disseminate AWWA positions on critical topics such
as disinfection by-products, enforcement, home water treatment devices, and
other current issues to special interest groups, government agencies, water
utilities and the public at large.
- Develop and implement a program to use key AWWA members, section officers and
water utility managers to speak for the industry on critical issues.
- Provide materials and services to assist water utilities in developing and
implementing effective public information programs and Customer Confidence
- Support, at the annual Conference, a DNR State of Water Industry Report.
E. Education - Undertake an active program to assist State utilities in meeting
the challenge of consistently providing safe drinking water.
- Develop and deliver timely training programs and material that will assist
State water utility personnel in understanding and complying with the
- Provide mechanisms to deliver training programs, materials and packages
designed specifically to assist small system operators and managers.
- Encourage participation in AWWA-s sponsored teleconferences and seminars and
work with other organizations in providing joint training opportunities.
- Support National AWWA goal of providing educational materials in 50 percent or
more of the school systems.
- Public four timely newsletters per year for information delivery.
F. Revenue Sources - Cultivate additional sources of revenue to support the
increasing number of services required of an active, effective Section.
- Provide for executive management of routine section activities.
- Explore need and feasibility of Section dues.
- Investigate the possibilities of receiving funds from foundations for specific
G. Section Development and Support - Assist Committees to increase capabilities
to implement effective performance.
- Encourage attendance at Regional Meetings of Section Officers.
- Develop and distribute materials to assist committee chairs and members with
program development and implementation.
- Provide materials and orientation sessions on motivational techniques for
- Encourage continuing self-assessment of the Section with member involvement
and committee oversight.
VI. OTHER ACTION ITEMS
A. Section Operation
- Evaluate Trustee-Committee structure.
- Develop minimum Committee performance standards.
- Conduct a minimum of four Section Board Meetings annually.
B. Information Services
- Provide access and make known to Section members the WATERNET database, Safe
Drinking Water Advisor and AWWA Home Page. Enable this activity through
establishing a Section Home Page and scheduling training sessions on the use of
the various information sources.
C. Water Industry Personnel - Assure the entry and retention of qualified and
talented individuals in the water industry and encourage its members to provide
equal employment opportunity to all without regard to race, color, religion,
sex, national origin or age.
- Develop a program to attract entry-level personnel and college students
(Section Scholarships) to career opportunities in water supply.
- In cooperation with EPA and DNR, promote and encourage the certification of
water system operators.
D. Membership - Maintain a vigorous recruitment and retention program to keep
AWWA strong and growing in order to improve and expand services.
- Achieve a total membership of 1,000 with particular emphasis given to
recruiting based on diversity.
- Aggressively recruit water utilities to become members to achieve a total
Utility membership of 100.
E. Water System Funding - Promote adequate and equitable water system funding to
provide sufficient water of unquestionable quality.
- Support regulations within State Revolving Loan Fund guidelines which will
provide adequate funding for public water supplies.
- Support legislation to continue to provide adequate funding for State DNR
- Encourage state and local governments to support the businesslike operation of
Strategic Plan Procedures
1. Each year, the entire Plan will be reviewed and revised as necessary.
2. Highlights of the Plan will be presented to the Board during its Winter
Meeting to obtain input.
3. Staff and Committee prepared estimates of the cost of the Plan's activities
to give the Board an idea for Budget Committee action.
4. The Planning Committee develops and implementation schedule for the Plan. The
schedule will provide additional details on specific action items, time frames,
and funds needed for implementation. The activities will be prioritized to
facilitate Budget decisions.
5. The implementation schedule is used to help frame the next year's budget.
6. On an annual basis, the Char develops and presents to the membership, through
publication in the Show-Me Newsletter, a report on the progress and
accomplishments of the Plan of the previous year.
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