Industry News


April 14, 2014


It is with deepest sadness that we inform you of the death of John Mugford.  He passed away this past Saturday, April 12.

In addition to being a tremendous friend and mentor to many in the industry, John had served on Indiana Rural Water Association’s Board of Directors since 1997.  His friendship and guidance will be greatly missed.

John’s obituary reads as follows:

John G. Mugford Sr., 60, a resident of North Manchester, Indiana for 40 years passed away Saturday, April 12, 2014 in IU Health Goshen Hospital in Goshen, Indiana. He was born to the late Raymond J. Mugford Jr. and Myra (Bone) Mugford in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania on August 15, 1953.

John was employed with the town of North Manchester, Indiana for 40 years and had been the Utility Supervisor for the last 20 years. John was a member and Vice Commander of the American Legion Post 286, Indiana Section American Water Works Association where he held officer roles, Indiana Rural Water Association, and Indiana Vector Association. He proudly served his country in the United States Marines. He was also an avid outdoorsman. John was a loving husband to the love of his life, and a devoted father. His grandchildren were his life. He was a gift from God and a blessing to all that knew him. He adored his family and gave all of himself to his town.

John married Deborah King on March 30, 1974, she survives along with a son, John G. Mugford Jr. (Carrie) of North Manchester, Indiana; daughter, Mrs. Brett (JoHanna) Young of North Manchester, Indiana; two brothers, Raymond Mugford III (Mary Ann) of Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania and James Mugford of Virginia; two sisters, Mrs. Vince (Diane) Menendez of Pennsylvania and Mrs. Gary (Maryann) Hoch of North Manchester, Indiana; and five grandchildren, Bryce Mugford, Wyatt Young, Brendyn Mugford, Caden Young, and Jocelyn Young. He was preceded in death by two twin daughters, Shawn and Dawn and a sister.

A memorial service will be at 6 p.m. on Monday, April 21, 2014 at Cordier Auditorium at Manchester University, entrance will be off of East Street in North Manchester, Indiana, with Pastor John B. Lowe officiating the service. In lieu of flowers memorials are directed to Water For People, c/o Indiana Section AWWA, 5265 East 82nd Street-Suite 310, Indianapolis, Indiana 46250.

Calling will be from 2 p.m. until 6 p.m. on Monday at Cordier Auditorium at Manchester University in North Manchester, Indiana. McDonald Funeral Home, 231 Falls Avenue, Wabash, Indiana 46992 is entrusted with arrangements. Online condolences may be sent to the family at


February 5, 2014


(from our friends at Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission)

The year 2014 marks the 2nd annual water resource data collection effort by the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission (IURC). Charged with the task by the Indiana General Assembly in 2012, the IURC is responsible for collecting vital water data for the purposes of its Water Utility Resource Report, which is reviewed by state legislators. All 555 water utilities in Indiana are required to participate, even those not under IURC oversight.

Last year 487 out of 555 water utilities responded to the IURC. This number was encouraging in the sense that most of the state’s water utilities were aware of the reporting requirement. However, there were some deficiencies with the data, as only 374 entries were deemed complete enough to use in the Commission's report. Common errors were blank responses, failure to submit legible territory maps, and the reporting of incorrect water volumes. Now that the IURC has had an opportunity to receive feedback from the utilities, it has revised the questionnaire and added new features to help make reporting easier.

At the beginning of February, the IURC sent filing instructions to each water utility in the state. Utilities have until April 1, 2014 to submit data through the Commission's Electronic Filing System (EFS). The system allows users to add data and save it to complete at a later time, making filing hassle-free. Utilities can access the EFS by visiting

For more information about this year’s reporting requirements, please visit or contact Jerry Webb, IURC Director of Project Management Oversight, at 317-232-2765 or



January 23, 2014


Kevin Roe will be retiring from the Town of Winamac on January 31, 2014.  Kevin has been with Winamac since 1977.  Kevin originally started in the garbage department.  In July of 1989 Kevin was appointed as Superintendent of the Water and Street departments. During Kevin’s tenure, he saw many improvements and changes to his department including the construction of a new water treatment system.

We will have an open house for Kevin from 1pm to 4pm at the Winamac Fire Station on January 31st.  We wish Kevin well in his future endeavors.

IRWA truly appreciates Kevin’s on-going support over the years and wish him the best in his retirement.  We will miss you, Kevin!!


January 14, 2014


In 1974, Commonwealth Engineers, Inc. (CEI) opened its doors and made a commitment to become the most comprehensive environmental engineering and consulting firm in the State of Indiana.  2014 marks CEI’s 40th Anniversary and the commitment has never wavered. Consistently ranked as one of the top consulting/engineering firms in the State of Indiana, (most recently ranked among the top 10 in the Indianapolis Business Journal’s Book of Lists),  the firm continues to offer professional engineering services to cities, towns, counties, special purpose districts, not-for-profits, and private industries with a focus on water resource engineering. Commonwealth also provides services associated with general civil, environmental, and transportation engineering. Starting in 2014, Commonwealth will also provide in-house electrical, mechanical and instrumentation & control design services including facility energy audit capabilities!

Commonwealth’s focus has always been on the needs of its clients, finding ways to help protect the environment, water quality, and the quality of life for those it serves. Teamwork has been a true key to CEI’s longevity. Its exceptional staff, in partnership with each of its clients, working for the most comprehensive and sustainable solutions, have given CEI the edge that will continue propelling the firm far into the future. 

Headquartered in Indianapolis, Commonwealth also has offices in Evansville, and Fort Wayne, Indiana.  For additional information visit their website at or call (317) 888-1177.



January 13, 2014


Umbaugh is pleased to announce that Brian C. Colton has become a partner in the firm.



September 20, 2013


Bob Wever, age 84, passed away on Friday, September 20, 2013.  Bob served on the Indiana Rural Water Association's Board of Directors since 1971.  He worked for East Lawrence Water Authority and after retirement served on its Board.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Gideons International.

To read Bob's obituary, please click here.



September 20, 2013


Pete Monix, age 81, was a long time member and supporter of Indiana Rural Water Association.  He passed away on Wednesday, September 18, 2013. Pete worked for the Town of St. John for 48 years, retiring as its Director of Public Works.

Memorial contributions may be made to the St. John Fire Department.

To read Pete's entire obituary, please click here.



September 20, 2013


Judy Gripp, wife of Doug Gripp who passed away tragically on August 26, requested that we share the following letter with you:

Dear Valued Clients,

       Thank you so much for all of the support you have shown us over the past few weeks as we have mourned the passing of my husband Doug. For those of you who may not have heard, Doug lost his life on August 26th in a tragic accident while leading a Men’s Ministry Event at Grace Community Church. As a family man, a member of the community and as a businessman, Doug brought with him time honored values such as honesty and compassion, leading by example, hard work and a dedication to excellence. We will all miss him dearly.

       We are very fortunate that our company, Gripp, Inc., is staffed with a team of outstanding professionals. While mourning the passing of Doug, the team has continued to demonstrate its passion for achieving the highest levels of client satisfaction, quality project performance and responsiveness to our clients and customers. Part of Doug’s legacy was to hire and retain talented and experienced men and women who are committed to excellence. As I return to an active role in the business and assume Doug’s position as CEO of Gripp, Inc., you have my assurance that we will continue to be focused on client satisfaction in all aspects of our business. We have a great team of professionals, a very strong balance sheet and a desire to be the best in our industry. Going forward, we already have plans to build upon our expertise and experience and add to our “bench strength.” Over the next year, we intend to hire additional sales, technical and customer service professionals who have demonstrated their capabilities while working in our industry. We want to continue to grow the company and develop future leaders for our business segments.

       In the next several weeks, my team and I will be reaching out to our clients and stakeholders to ensure that we mutually determine the best path forward to help all of us achieve our business goals and build upon our past success. While there will be some changes going forward-what will not change is our commitment to serving you and to doing whatever it takes to earn your trust and satisfaction.

On behalf of our entire team at Gripp, Inc., we sincerely thank you for your heart-felt expressions of care and concern during the past few weeks. We truly appreciate your business and the opportunity to build upon a great legacy to continue to serve you in the years to come.

With my warmest regards,


Judy Gripp


August 29, 2013


MOUNT VERNON, IN (WFIE) (August 1, 2013) -- Mount Vernon officials celebrated the third phase of their water improvement project and they did it by honoring one man who was an instrumental part of it.  

Chuck Gray, Mount Vernon's Water Superintendent, campaigned for the city to move its existing electrical equipment out of the flood plain area and into the new electrical building. The building is now called the 'Chuck Gray Building.' If the area floods, Mount Vernon will still be able to supply drinkable water to its customers. 

"I am very humbled," said Gray. "I was very surprised to find out that they had planned to honor me in this way. I really don't feel like I deserve this because I'm just doing my job."

This part of the project also replaced old river intakes. The total cost was approximately $7.3 million.


July 11, 2013


MILWAUKEE, WI (July 11, 2013) - Symbiont, Inc. (Science, Engineering and Construction) has been awarded the City of Fort Wayne, Indiana Water Pollution Control Plant (WPCP) Primary and Secondary Treatment and Digester Process Project.  Symbiont is part of the Arcadis Team and will provide final design services for the west digester complex and methane compression improvements.  The project value is $4.5 Million.


The work is part of major improvements to the City’s wastewater treatment system which will bring its treatment capacity to 85 million gallons per day.  The project delivery is a unique variant of a design-build process in which Symbiont and the rest of the design team will be working hand in hand with the pre-selected construction contractor to deliver a high-quality product at reduced cost. The project schedule is accelerated to meet EPA-mandated improvement deadlines. 


This project is being executed as a guaranteed savings contract that incorporates both design and construction which allows municipalities to implement conservation measures to improve reliability, decrease maintenance costs, generate energy savings, reduce future capital costs, while providing long term solutions.


“More and more municipalities are searching for solutions to increase efficiency and reduce energy consumption and costs, while getting the highest quality wastewater effluent possible, so a guaranteed savings contact offers the ability to reduce the final project cost,” remarked Pat Carnahan, Vice President of Symbiont.

Symbiont is a leading provider of science, engineering, and technical services for wastewater treatment plant design.  Symbiont provides complete in-house engineering services. 

For more information, please visit


July 2, 2013


PLAINFIELD, IN (July 1, 2013) - Banning Engineering is pleased to announce that Eric Wathen has joined our team as a Project Manager.  As a former Hendricks County Commissioner, Eric has an extensive background in local government, Drainage Boards and Regional Sanitary Sewer Boards, which will add to the already existing expertise of the Banning Team.  Eric will focus on engineering services for Municipal clients.

With over 16 years of experience, Eric most recently comes from the National Precast Concrete Association where he served as a Technical Services Engineer.  Over the course of his career, Eric has specialized in civil engineering and business development, including project management, construction management,  transportation design, and QC/QA.  Eric is registered as a Professional Engineer in Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan and Illinois.   

“We are fortunate to have Eric Wathen as a part of our team,” said Jeff Banning.  “Eric is an excellent professional engineer and brings a wealth of knowledge to our team.  We look forward to the expanded expertise he will bring to our organization and welcome Eric to our family.  We look forward to introducing him to you.”

Eric received his Bachelors of Science in Civil Engineering from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology.   He is a former Hendricks County Commissioner, serving from August 2007-December 2012.  He resides in Lizton with his wife and children. 

About Banning Engineering

Banning Engineering is a civil engineering and surveying firm which has distinguished itself among peers in drainage engineering and surveying.  Beyond Banning’s extensive experience in site planning and design, permitting and pavements, the team excels in design and rehabilitation of dams and levees, hydrologic & hydraulic analysis, water and wastewater treatment design and floodplain analysis. Banning is increasingly effective in economic development, design of parks and recreation facilities and construction inspection and management.  For more information about Banning Engineering, visit 

Media Contacts

Chelsey Soplanda (Banning Engineering) 317-707-3726 or


May 14, 2013


(from "Water Headlines from EPA -- 05-14-13 issue)

EPA's Clean Water Act Section 319 Program provides funding for restoration of nonpoint source-impaired water bodies. This week's success spotlight shines on Metcalf Ditch in Indiana. Runoff from row cropping, livestock grazing and animal feeding, as well as leaking and failing septic systems led to excess sedimentation and high nutrient levels in the water, impairing the water for aquatic life. The Indiana Department of Environmental Management added Metcalf Ditch and its tributaries to the state's list of impaired waters in 2002. Project partners developed a watershed management plan, educated stakeholders about proper agricultural and septic system management, and implemented best management practices throughout the watershed, such as filter strips, grassed waterways, and application of nutrients using precision application technology. Water quality improved, and as a result, Indiana removed this segment from the state's 2012 list of impaired waters.  For more information, please visit:


May 12, 2013


We are saddened to report that our good friend and member of IRWA and the Indiana Section AWWA, John Stancati, passed away Thursday evening. John was a past Chair of the Indiana Section and a George Warren Fuller Awardee.  John was an active member of the Indiana Section’s Water-for-People Committee and a Kenneth J Miller Founders Award winner.  John was a co-founder of the committee’s very successful “Wine in to Water” fund raiser.  John was also a former Chair of the Section’s Water Utility Council of which he was active for many years.


John will be greatly missed by his friends in our industry.  Our sympathies and prayers are with John’s family. 


John F. Stancati



John F. Stancati, 78, residing in South Bend, passed away at 9:25 p.m. Thursday, May 9, 2013 in his home.  He was born January 18, 1935 in Ambridge, PA, a son of Anthony & Anna (DeMarco) Stancati, and has lived in South Bend since he was 12 years old.


John proudly served his country in the United States Army.  He graduated from Indiana University.  Mr. Stancati was the former Director of South Bend Water Works.  He was a member and former State Chairman of the Indiana American Water Works Association, St. Joseph River Basin Commission, served as Treasurer of the Indiana State Democratic Party, was former St. Joseph County Treasurer, member of the South Bend Chamber of Commerce, founding member of the Summit Club, South Bend Redevelopment Commission, and a member of the South Bend School Board.  He served as a Consultant for the South Bend Water Works, and was currently working part-time as a Bailiff for the Juvenile Justice Center.


On July 12, 1958 in South Bend, John was united in marriage to Joan G. Fenska.  He is survived by his loving wife Joan of 54 years.  Also surviving are three daughters, Cathryn (David) Rowland of Tulsa, OK; Susan (Gregory) Miller of Ft. Wayne, IN; and Nancy (Christian) Stancati-Langheinrich of Minneapolis, MN.  Also surviving are four grandchildren, Holly, Alex, Hannah, and Jake, and three brothers, Guy (Rita) Stancati of South Bend, IN; Ross (Norma) Stancati of Kalamazoo, MI; and Anthony (Sally) Stancati of Chicago, IL.


Services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, May14, 2013 at Palmer Funeral Home-Guisinger Chapel, 3718 South Michigan Street, South Bend, where the family will receive friends from 2-4 & 6-8 p.m. on Monday.  Interment will be at Riverview Cemetery.


Expressions of sympathy on behalf of Mr. Stancati may be offered to Water for People, 100 Tennessee Ave., Denver, CO 80209.  Online condolences to the Stancati Family may be sent to



April 18, 2013


David Allen Bergman, 61, passed away on April 13, 2013.  He was born in Illinoiis on September 6, 1951 to the late Allen and Evelyn Kathleen Morgan Bergman.  David married Treva Kirby on March 9, 1985, she survives.  He has worked in the water industry since the 1970s.  He was a member of the Indiana Section AWWA and has received multiple awards.  He was a devoted husband, loving father and grandfather.  He enjoyed, reading, history, and his dogs.  Other survivors inclcude his son Allen Bergman, Daughters Alexandria Riggen and Carla Bergman, granddaughter Elizabeth Riggen, all of Indianapolis, brothers Carl of West Lafayette, Ken of Illinois, Eric of Pennsylvania, and Jim of Kentucky.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 5635 West 96th Street, Suite 100, Indianapolis, IN  46278.



April 18, 2013


Wright joins the Corporate and Transactional Practice Group in the Indianapolis office.

Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP is pleased to welcome Jonathon D. Wright to the firm's Indianapolis office. Wright joins the firm's Corporate and Transactional Practice Group where he will work closely with businesses and their owners to manage legal risk and capitalize on opportunities.

"Jonathon's proactive and progressive outlook will be a great asset to our corporate clients looking to expand their businesses," said W. Tobin McClamroch, Co-Chairman of the firm. "With his education and experience, Jonathon makes an ideal addition to our Corporate and Transactional Practice Group."

Wright will focus on helping businesses grow through a variety of expansion mechanisms including idea commercialization, capital formation, mergers and acquisitions, commercial transactions and franchising. Prior to joining Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP, Wright served as outside general counsel to business clients and represented a number of corporate clients in the acquisitions and sales processes as an attorney with Carson Boxberger LLP in Ft. Wayne, Indiana.

Wright graduated summa cum laude from the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law and obtained his MBA from the Indiana University Kelley School of Business.


January 20, 2013

IRWA Board Member, Michael Simpson, Elected As A Vice President of AWWA

(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) -- The American Water Works Association, the largest organization of water professionals in the world, today announced that John Donahue, general manager of the North Park (Ill.) Public Water District and longtime AWWA volunteer, has been selected by the Board of Directors as the association’s next president-elect.

Donahue begins his role as president-elect in June 2013, at the conclusion of AWWA’s Annual Conference and Exposition in Denver, Colo. He will serve his one-year presidential term beginning in June of 2014. An AWWA member since 1987 and active member of the Illinois Section, Donahue was honored in 2009 with the association’s Fuller Award. He has served on numerous committees at both the AWWA association and Section levels, and he continues to hold water and wastewater operator licenses.

AWWA’s Board also selected four vice presidents and one director-at-large during its Winter Board Meeting in Nashville.

The new vice presidents include:

John Alston, operations superintendent with the Bozeman (Mont.) Water and Sewer Department. Alston is a member of the AWWA board of directors from the Montana Section, where he served as Section chair from 2007-09.

Douglas Brinkman, project manager with Black & Veatch, a director from the Chesapeake Section who has chaired many section committees and served as the section chair in 2005.

Jeffrey Nash, vice president with CDM Smith, who has served in numerous capacities within the Florida Section, including section chair, general policy chair and currently as an AWWA director.

Michael Simpson, chief executive officer of M.E. Simpson Co. Inc., an AWWA member for more than 29 years who has held many leadership positions within the Indiana Section.

The new director-at-large is Martha Segal, assistant director with Metro Water Services in Nashville, Tenn. Segal is active in the Kentucky/Tennessee Section, where she has served as section chair, initiated a Section Customer Service Committee, chaired the Diversity Committee and served in many other capacities.


January 13, 2013

New Partner Announced at Umbaugh

Umbaugh & Associates is pleased to announce that Douglas L. Baldessari has become a partner in the firm. 

Congratulations, Doug!!


October 12, 2012

First Ever iPAD App for Backflow Management Testing Now Available

Indianapolis – October 11, 2012 Test Gauge & Backflow Supply is excited to announce they have begun selling the first ever iPad App for Backflow Management Testing. The new app, Cirrus, developed by Archon Apps will increase backflow testing efficiency, record keeping accuracy and improve customer satisfaction. More importantly it will save backflow testers time and money. Additional customized forms may be added to Cirrus, further increasing its utilization.

Users can download Cirrus free from the App Store on an iPad or iPhone. Many years of expertise in mobile applications as well as backflow testing have refined the app and the standardized backflow test form. After purchasing a license, users can begin using the full featured app. Features include:

· Capturing signatures, photo, video, and audio
· Searchable report data
· Emailing reports as PDF attachments
· Save reports to the iPad
· Submit to the Cloud server for instant access from any device (computer or mobile)
· Generate reports from the Cirrus Cloud Management Website

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Tony Unfried, President / CEO of Archon Apps said, "We are very excited for this partnership with Test Gauge& Backflow Supply because they are a premier company to do business with. We are especially excited to offer Cirrus to backflow testers and offer them a simple, efficient, green technology to save them time and money."

James Probst President of Operations at Test Gauge & Backflow Supply Indiana adds that "Backflow protection is ready to evolve to the next level by going green and may be achieved using the Cirrus."

For more information regarding Cirrus, contact Test & Gauge & Backflow Supply at 317.786.8990 or email at

About Test Gauge & Backflow Supply
Test Gauge & Backflow Supply is the only full service backflow supply company in Indiana. As the only Factory authorized sales and service center in Indiana Test Gauge is able to calibrate and repair gauges with a 2-3 business day turn time. Their extensive inventory along with a central location allows for same day and next day parts delivery. Backflow tester certification classes along with repair courses are provided by experienced industry professionals in a comfortable classroom setting. Test Gauge & Backflow Supply is located at 5644 South Meridian St. Suite E Indianapolis In 46217 They can be reached at 317.786.8990 or you can visit them at, ,

About Archon Apps
Archon Apps is a mobile application development company based in Indianapolis, IN. The main purpose of the company is to develop technology that is useful and easy to use. Archon is constantly improving mobile applications for today’s businesses in efforts to be more efficient, save money, and “Go Green.” Archon’s leadership is highly trained in the industries in which it operates, with a firm understanding of technology, its capabilities, and its future. Cirrus was used at events in and surrounding the 2012 super bowl village in Indianapolis.
317.300.4656, www.YouTube/ArchonApps