Attendees

February 24 - 28, 2020 |  The Dixie Center (1835 Convention Center Drive, St. George, UT)


Attendee Registration

Registration will be available here beginning December 2, 2019! 


AWARD NOMINATIONS

Each year at RWAU’s Annual Conference in St. George, Utah, the Association presents awards to member systems, as well as system personnel who have done an outstanding job of running their water or wastewater system. Most awards are given based on performance in the 2019 calendar year, but some are based on long term performance. This is your chance to nominate someone who deserves an RWAU Award for their hard work…even if it’s you!

A complete list of the Award Categories with selection criteria is below. The deadline to nominate is December 20, 2019The RWAU Awards Committee will meet shortly after the deadline to select the winners from the nominations. 

Use these links to nominate an individual or a system for an award. (You can request a physical nomination form from the office if needed, but digital submissions are preferred.)

Nominate for a SYSTEM AWARD

Nominate for an INDIVIDUAL AWARD


Conference App

Download the FREE Conference App today and get all the conference info and updates at your fingertips! Search your Play or App store for “RWAU” or the “Rural Water Association of Utah” to download the free app!

View the app online here

(Coming soon!)


Exhibit Hall 

We have an exciting and packed Exhibit Hall in store for 2020! View the current exhibit hall and contact our vendors online now! 

2020 Exhibit Hall

Conference Schedule At - A - Glance

Monday, February 24

12:00 pm                  Operator Certification Registration Opens

1:00 – 5:00 pm        Water & Wastewater Operator Certification Classes

Tuesday, February 25

7:00 am – 7:00 pm   Exhibitor Set-up

7:30 am                    Registration Opens

7:30 – 8:30 am        Donut / Juice / Coffee (North Lobby)

8:30 – 10:00 am       In-Depth Training / Water & Wastewater Operator Certification

9:00 –   4:00 pm       Golf Scramble (Sunbrook Golf Course)

10:15 – 11:45 am      In-Depth Training / Water & Wastewater Operator Certification

11:45 –   1:00 pm      Lunch (North Lobby & Garden Room)

1:00 –   2:30 pm       In-Depth Training / Water & Wastewater Operator Certification

2:45 –   4:15 pm       In-Depth Training / Water & Wastewater Operator Certification

3:30 – Dusk             Skeet Shoot – NOTE THE NEW DAY!! (Hurricane)

 

Wednesday, February 26

7:30 – 4:30 pm         Registration

7:30 am                    Exhibit Hall OPENS

7:30 – 9:00 am         Donut/Juice/Coffee (Exhibit Hall)

8:00 - 1:30 pm         BLOOD DRIVE (Museum Atrium Area)

9:00 –10:00 am        Training / Water & WW Op. Cert.

10:30–11:30 am       Training / Water & WW Op. Cert.

11:30 –1:00 pm        Lunch / Exhibits

1:00 – 2:15 pm          Keynote Session (Garden Room)

2:15 – 2:30 pm         Break

2:30 – 4:30 pm         Special Sessions

 

Thursday, February 27

7:30 – 4:00 pm        Registration

7:30 am                    Exhibit Hall OPENS

7:30 – 9:00 am        Donut / Juice / Coffee (Exhibit Hall)

9:00 –10:00 am        Training / Water & Wastewater Op. Cert Classes

10:30 –12:00 pm      Voting Membership Meeting / Water Taste Test Finals (Gun Drawing—Free to all Meeting Attendees!)

11:30 – 1:00 pm       Lunch / Exhibits

1:00 pm                    Exhibit Hall CLOSED / Exhibit Take-down  

1:00 – 2:00 pm        Training / Water & Wastewater Op. Cert Classes

2:00 – 5:00 pm         Drinking Water Board Meeting (Garden Room)

2:15 – 3:45 pm        Training / Water & Wastewater Op. Cert Classes

6:30 pm                 Awards Banquet (Ballrooms)

 

Friday, February 28

7:30 – 8:30 am        Registration / Donuts / Juice / Coffee (North Lobby)

8:30 – 12:00 pm       Water & Wastewater Operator Certification Exams

8:30 – 9:30 am         Training Sessions

9:45 –10:45 am        Training Sessions

11:00 –12:00 pm       Training Sessions

12:00 pm                  Evaluation Form & Dart Throw Prize Drawings (Garden Room)

12:45 pm                   Adjourn


CEU Counts

In-Depth Training (Tuesday): 0.6 Water & WW CEUs

Regular Conference (Wed/Thurs / Fri): 1.0 Water & WW CEUs

Single Day(s): Varied (Each day will be calculated based on the training hours offered that day. Not to Exceed 1.6 for the Full Conference.)

Water or WW Operator Certification: 2.0 Water or WW CEUs

Cross Connection Control Certification 1.6 Water CEUs


Lunch Passes for Spouse or Partner

If you wish a spouse or partner to join you for lunch you will need to purchase a lunch wristband for them for the day(s) they will be joining you. Lunch wristbands can be purchased when you register to attend and will be in your attendee packet when you check-in at the Conference. The proper wristband for the correct day must be worn for entrance to the exhibit hall and access to the lunch. No name badges will be printed for lunch passes.


Skeet Shoot (Now on Tuesday!)

Purgatory Clay Sports | Hurricane, Utah (Near Fairgrounds in Hurricane)

  • Skeet Shoot will be held TUESDAY, February 25, 2020
  • 3:30 pm continues until dark
    • PLEASE NOTE: The Skeet shoot WILL NOT BEGIN UNTIL THE 3:30 start time. Rural Water staff will NOT be conducting Skeet Shoot check-in before 3:30.
    • You can come after 3:30 if you have a class to attend or teach. There is plenty of time to wrap up your final class and still shoot in the skeet shoot if you come out when your session ends.
  • $30 per shooter for the first round, $9 for each additional round
  • You must bring your OWN Gun & Shells (Limited amounts of 12 & 20 gauge shotguns are available for   rent for $10 onsite, first-come, first-served. Ammunition can also be purchased on-site if needed.)
  • Entry Fee includes safety glasses, ear protection & 50 targets of either: sporting clays, 5-stand, trap or skeet
  • Shooting prizes will be given ONSITE after the event ends

Sign up for the Skeet Shoot when you register for the Conference

  • Anyone attending the conference should register for the skeet shoot on his/her own registration form.
    • You can register a non-conference attendee to shoot with you by using the “Additional Shooter” section
  • All shooters can purchase additional shooting rounds on-site.

Golf Scramble

  • 9:00 am Shotgun Start at the Sunbrook Golf Course
  • 4-Person Scramble
  • Entry fee is $100 per golfer
  • Entry Fee includes:
    • Continental Breakfast
    • Tee Time
    • Cart
    • Lunch
    • Giveaways
    • Prizes
  • Winners awarded prizes immediately following the tournament
  • Hole-in-One prize on every par 3, including a 4-wheeler hole!
  • Email Vern Steel (steel@rwau.net) with team preferences or for sponsorship opportunities. If you are a single golfer, you will be placed on a team.

Golf Course: The Sunbrook Golf Club (2336 West Sunbrook Drive, St. George, Utah)


Awards Banquet

Thursday, February 27 | 6:30 pm | Dixie Center Ballrooms

 We will host the highlight of the Conference—the Awards Banquet—on our new Thursday night spot to better accommodate our Attendees and Vendors. Come enjoy a fabulous Dixie Center dinner, watch as your peers (or you!) are awarded for jobs well done in 2019, then enjoy a night with Country Music star Billy Dean, live on stage!

 Banquet Entertainment: Billy Dean!

http://www.billydean.com/

Come enjoy a night of amazing entertainment by Billy Dean! Born in the small town of Quincy, Florida, Billy Dean started his music career at the age of eight, singing with his father’s band, the Country Rocks. Billy’s first big break came in 1988 when he won Best Male Vocalist on Star Search, hosted by Ed McMahon. His success on the show led to signing with Columbia Records and the release of his debut album Young Man in 1990. Buoyed by the singles “Only Here for a Little While” and “Somewhere in My Broken Heart,” Young Man became Billy’s first of many Gold records.

His second and third albums, Billy Dean and Fire in the Dark, were also certified as Gold Records and featured the Billboard-charting singles, “You Don’t Count the Cost,” “Only the Wind,” “Billy the Kid,” “If There Hadn’t Been You,” “Tryin’ to Find a Fire in the Dark,” “I Wanna Take Care of You,” “I’m Not Built That Way” and more.

Over the course of his 25+ year career, Billy has released 11 albums and has been recognized with several awards and nominations. In 1992, he was nominated for a Grammy for Song of the Year for “Somewhere in My Broken Heart,” which went on to win Song of the Year at the American Country Music Awards. That same year, Billy was named Top New Male Vocalist of the Year at the Academy of Country Music awards and nominated by the Country Music Association for the Horizon Award. Four years later, Billy won a Grammy for Amazing Grace, A Country Tribute to Gospel, an album featuring Martina McBride, Allison Krauss, the Charlie Daniels Band, and others. In 2017, Billy was inducted as a member of the Florida Artist Hall of Fame.

A modern-day American Troubadour, Billy Dean has performed and toured with some of the industry’s biggest country music stars including the Judds, Kenny Rogers, Clint Black, Alan Jackson, Wynonna Judd and others. After making a home in Nashville for decades, Billy has returned to his Florida roots and now lives in Quincy with his wife, Stephanie. Billy continues to perform and write – doing what he does best – telling the stories that have become the soundtrack of our lives.


Consumer Confidence Reports 

Rural Water and the Division of Drinking Water are now conducting a workshop (by appointment) at the Annual Conference to help you learn how to complete your own Consumer Confidence Reports. You will need to call Brandi at the Division of Drinking Water (801-536-4210) between December 2, 2019, and February 15, 2020 year to set up your CCR appointment (approx. 45 minutes in length) which will reserve a workstation at the 2020 Conference for you to complete the tutorial and your CCR report for 2019.
  • Each workstation will have a clear how-to guide on filling in the CCR template or update your previous CCR
  • DDW will provide the required data that has been submitted during the past year
  • DDW & RWAU personnel will be onsite to provide CCR instruction and help you through the report completion
  • DDW will provide you with electronic and hard copies of the LAST CCR they have on record for you
  • Walk-ins will be allowed as possible but must bring their own laptop with them

 

 CCR appointments will be scheduled at the following times:

� Tuesday, Feb 25 — 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

� Wednesday, Feb 26— 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

� Thursday, Feb 27 — 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

� Friday, Feb 28 — 8:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

 

IMPORTANT: Call Brandi Smith with the Division of Drinking Water at (801) 536-4210 between December 2nd and February 15th to make an appointment. (If time permits, walk-ins may be accommodated, but those with appointments will take precedence.) 

What You Need to Bring:
  • Last year’s Consumer Confidence Report—on a USB flash drive (paper copy OK if necessary)
  • Your 2019 sampling records (the monitoring data needed for your CCR will be made available where possible by the Division of Drinking Water at the workshop.)
  • Please Note: If the Division of Drinking Water has not received all of your monitoring data for 2019 we will need to rely on your monitoring results to complete the report.
  • You are responsible to bring accurate data with you. RWAU does not track or guarantee the accuracy of any data pulled from the DDW website or other sources. Please check your records with what the DDW has on file for you on their website to ensure it is accurate.
  • You will be responsible for submitting the CCR report and certification letter to the state and your customers in compliance with the law. 

CCR Completion Location: The Snow Canyon Room (This is a Mezzanine Room overlooking the Exhibit Hall.) 


Blood Drive 

Thursday, February 27, 2020, 8:00 AM – 1:30 PM

To schedule your appointment or for more information, please log on to redcrossblood.org and enter the Sponsor Code: rural water in the "Find a Donation search box. Walk-ins are welcome, but appointments will take precedence. If you have any questions regarding your eligibility to donate blood, please call 1-866-236-3276.

 Start the donation process by completing an online pre-donation health history questionnaire on the day of your appointment, please log in to www.redcrossblood.org/RapidPass


Hotel Accommodations

All reservations are handled directly with the hotel. There are many hotels to choose from in the St. George area. The hotels listed here have offered our attendees a discounted rate.  Unless otherwise noted, when making your reservations with these hotels, mention you are with the Rural Water conference to get the specialty rate. And remember, hotels fill up quickly down there and most discounted rates expire a month before the Conference so make your reservations early!

 PLEASE NOTE: Rural Water is not in any way a party to hotel rates or accommodations. We have simply asked these hotels to give our attendees a discounted rate and they have agreed to do so. All hotel arrangements, rates, and policies are at the discretion of the hotels themselves, and reservations, rates and agreements are between the hotel and the guest staying with them.

HOTELS/ MOTELS       

America’s Best Value Inn........................................................................ 435-688-8383   

Best Western Coral Hills......................................................................... 435-673-4844

Clarion Suites........................................................................................... 435-673-7000

Comfort Inn.............................................................................................. 435-628-8544

Desert Garden Inn (Formerly Crystal Inn)............................................. 435-215-4946

Fairfield Inn by Marriott........................................................................... 435-673-6066

Hampton Inn............................................................................................ 435-652-1200

Hilton Garden Inn.................................................................................... 435-634-4100

Holiday Inn............................................................................................... 435-628-8007

Howard Johnson Inn & Suites................................................................ 435-628-8000

Hyatt Place............................................................................................... 435-656-8686

La Quinta.................................................................................................. 435-674-2664

Ramada by Wyndham St. George......................................................... 435-628-2828

St. George Inn and Suites...................................................................... 435-673-6661

Tru by Hilton............................................................................................. 435-634-7768

Wingate by Wyndham............................................................................ 435-673-9608


2020 Call for Presentations

Presentation Submissions are now closed for the 2020 Annual Conference. However, if you would like to go ahead and submit your presentation we will keep it on hand in case of cancellations. Remember sessions should be devoid of advertisement and tailored to:    

  •    Water
  •    Wastewater
  •    Small Systems
  •    Office Personnel
  •    Engineering
  •    Management

Those in attendance will be Management Personnel, System Operator, Office Personnel, Mayors, Council & Board Members, Engineers, etc.

 Detailed submission instructions are as follows:  

1. CREATE A USER PROFILE FOR THE SPEAKER

  • Click "LOGIN" on the navigation bar in the upper left corner of this screen
  • Click "NEW USER" below the login area to create a profile for the session speaker
  • Once the speaker info has been entered and a password has been chosen, click "Save" at the bottom of the page

2.  Now click on "Submissions" in the upper left-hand corner, then "Add New"  

3.  From there, enter the session info as requested. You can use the "Add New" link  as many times as needed to submit multiple presentations under the same presenter

An application must be submitted before Wednesday, July 5, 2019, in order to be considered to present at the 2020 Annual Conference.  (Submissions received after the deadline will be held on hand in case of cancellations. You will not be notified of your selection status until AFTER the selection process is fully complete in mid-September. You will be contacted at that point to alert you of your selection status either way.)

Thanks for submitting!

SUBMIT to Present