AWPA e-Newsletter: November 2020


Fall 2020 Standardization Activity

The 2020 Fall Technical Committee Meetings were held virtually September 21-24, 2020 and 57 proposals were authorized for letter ballot during the meetings. Letter ballots were issued to 10 committees on November 4, and it appears that we will be able to close the ballots on December 4 as scheduled. Any negative votes will be subject to the negative resolution process and, if necessary, recirculation ballots (re-ballots) will be issued. The current status and a summary of proposals is found on the standards activity web page.


2021 AWPA Sponsorship Enrollment

In addition to membership dues and publication sales, AWPA relies heavily upon voluntary contributions from organizations that support AWPA’s objects and purposes. Through our Organizational Sponsorship Program, AWPA recognizes its sponsors at meetings, on the website, in publications, and other printed materials. If your organization is an AWPA Sponsor in 2020, your sponsorship contact should have received a renewal request by email on November 11. If your organization has not received a renewal request, please let us know and we will send you another one. If you are not currently a sponsor and you’re able to support AWPA financially, please visit the “become a sponsor” web page or contact AWPA for more information.


Call for Papers:  117th Annual Meeting

The AWPA Annual Meeting Arrangements Committee is putting together another excellent technical program for the 117th Annual Meeting in Charleston, South Carolina. If you would like to present a paper during one of the many Technical Sessions, please submit the working title, list of authors, and a brief description (or the abstract) to AWPA as soon as possible. Contact us if you have any questions or need additional information.


Nominations for AWPA Award of Merit

AWPA is currently accepting nominations for AWPA’s highest honor, the Award of Merit. Please note that the deadline for nominations for the 2021 Award is December 1, 2020. Please consult the Award of Merit Policy and submit your nomination of a worthy individual to AWPA.


AWPA Officers, Executive Committee Members, and Nominating Committee Members

AWPA members are encouraged to nominate individuals to serve as Officers, Executive Committee Members, or Nominating Committee Members for the 2021/2022 term. If you know of an eligible AWPA member that would serve AWPA well in any of these positions, please contact Nominating Committee Chair Rick Bleskey, or you may submit the nomination directly to AWPA. The deadline for nominations is December 31, 2020.


2020 AWPA Book of Standards

Did you know that most of the funding for AWPA’s standards development process comes from the sales of the AWPA Book of Standards? Every treating plant, laboratory, specifier, and inspector should have a current edition on-hand, so please be sure to purchase updated copies each year to help AWPA cover the cost of standards development. If you don’t have the 2020 edition, your standards are already outdated! This edition is available as a hefty 674-page printed book, a searchable read-only USB drive, or a printed book/USB combination. To order online, visit the AWPA online store – please note that AWPA members must log in to the store to obtain discounted member pricing (click here if you’ve forgotten your store password). If you prefer to order by mail or fax, a form may be downloaded by clicking this link.


AWPA Membership Renewal

We are in the process of completing a new AWPA Portal that will enable members to update their own contact information online when renewing and provide a more streamlined membership experience. We anticipate that the Portal will be ready in the first half of December. As soon as the AWPA Portal is ready for renewals, all current AWPA members will receive a notice by email to visit the portal and renew their membership or to download a renewal form. We look forward to providing this to our members as one of several membership enhancements moving forward. Stay tuned for future announcements.


Upcoming AWPA Meetings

  • Winter Executive Committee Meeting:  Birmingham, Alabama, January 2021 (exact date TBD)
  • Spring Executive Committee Meeting:  Charleston, South Carolina, May 15, 2021
  • 117th Annual Meeting:  Charleston, South Carolina, May 16-18, 2021
  • Summer Executive Committee Meeting:  Birmingham, Alabama, August 2021 (exact date TBD)
  • 2021 Fall Technical Committee Meetings: Santa Fe, New Mexico, September 27-30, 2021