John Mugford’s Passing

johnmugfordIt 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


(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 .

Kevin Roe Retires From The Town Of Winamac

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!!


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 (PDF).