WESTPORT – Westport resident Gloria Alumbaugh was recently awarded a Gambold Education Fund Grant to attend the Indiana Rural Water Association 2019 Spring Conference.
The Indiana Rural Water Association is a member-supported non-profit organization working to aid professionals in the water industry since 1968. The IRWA mission is to provide education and technical assistance to water and wastewater facilities in Indiana. The grant is awarded as part of former long-term IRWA Executive Director Marilyn Gambold’s legacy, along with that of her husband, Jack. Both dedicated their lives to educating, training, and providing technical assistance to Indiana’s water and wastewater utilities. The Gambolds were champions for small systems operators. The Gambold Education Fund perpetuates their dream of providing educational opportunities for all who serve the water and wastewater industry.
Alumbaugh currently works with Westport Water and Sewage Utility. She has been with the Westport Water Company for less than a year and sought to further her knowledge of the water industry by attending the conference, with a focus on applying that knowledge toward scheduled improvements in the Westport area. Planned changes to the Westport water system include a new water treatment plant. Alumbaugh was also recently appointed to the position of Westport Clerk Treasurer.
Alumbaugh hopes to attend as much training as possible to increase her knowledge base and expertise, which will in turn help her guide the Westport area water and wastewater facilities into the future.
“This was her first IRWA conference and she looked to attain knowledge on new regulations and practices in the water industry, as well as how others in the state handle various daily issues,” said IRWA Program Manager Monique Riggs.
Attending conferences and workshops in the industry allows utility personnel the chance to continue learning the technical and managerial aspects of the water and wastewater industry, making them more effective employees up-to-date on the latest ideas. Alumbaugh looks forward to serving her community now and in the future.