Message from Bill Peretti, President of RMEWA January 2024

Bill PerttiGreetings and salutations. As we kick off 2024, I want to express my gratitude to the many dedicated volunteers who contribute to the success of our initiatives. 2024 promises to be an action-packed year, with multiple opportunities to get involved either through volunteering or participating with RMWEA.

To kick the year off, RMWEA is continuing to support the week-long in-person schools. Fundamentals will take place at the Delta Marriott in Thornton the week of January 15. The intermediate/ advanced class will take place at the same location during the week of March 25. The schools would not happen without the dedication of volunteers. I would like to extend a special thanks to Dave and Renea Lewis for making sure the entire event is both an amazing product for students to learn at and a seamless registration/school event. I’d also like to thank the supervisors of the fundamentals week-long class, Al Smith, Jarod Limk, and Brad Janoka. The intermediate/advanced class has seven supervisors providing more than a century of experience to learn from. A special shoutout to Ron Schuyler for continuing to bring experience and excellence to the in-person event.

Speaking of accomplishments, I am also thrilled to highlight the remarkable success of our Rocky Mountain teams in the Operations Challenge. Orren West and Brenna Durkin along with countless other volunteers have made this event a professional and rewarding experience for all involved.

This year, RMWEA proudly supported four teams at WEFTEC, with notable achievements in both Division one and Division two. Elevated Ops (Metro Water Recovery) and Sewerside Squad (City of Westminster) both competed in Division one. Elevated Ops placed third overall and Sewerside Squad placed fifth overall. Double Duty (Metro Water Recovery) and Commode Commandos (South Platte Renew) competed in Division two. Double Duty placed second overall which qualifies them to move up to Division one next year. The Commode Commandos placed seventh overall and had strong competition as well. With three teams competing in Division one next year, this is a great accomplishment for our RMWEA teams.

As we look ahead to 2024, I am confident our collaborative spirit, commitment to professionalism, and dedication to service will propel us to even greater heights. I encourage each of you to actively engage in our programs and events, seizing the opportunities for learning, growth, and networking that lie ahead.